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Also, one factor to consider is that many of the mamas that post on the frugality and finance section are not particularly low-income. So there are a number of people discussing how to make organic/healthy shopping as frugal as possible it would seem. I would put me in that number- we do shop for the most part for organics but we are one small family on a pretty decent income. If we had many more mouths to feed or a lower income, we would not really be able to do that. In fact I fully intend to prune out some organics when we have a larger family unless our income rises before our family grows. We have lived off of less for groceries and then we did less organics. I will say that we have never had to go without produce and a relatively balanced meal but the least we have ever had to spend in a week for groceries is $50is or so dollars and we live near some cheap sources for produce.
post #62 of 129
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Originally Posted by kijip View Post
Also, one factor to consider is that many of the mamas that post on the frugality and finance section are not particularly low-income.
I would like to add that it is not JUST this forum, either.. go to diapering, and it seems like almost everyone has their own stash selection of fussybutts..

the only thing that finally finalized for me that not ALL of mothering is that way, is that I stop by the trading post, and there are mamas there begging someone to buy their stuff because a bill came up.. on the one hand, I have been there when something disastrous financially happens, on the other hand, i also think there is some financial irresponsiblity going on- people living beyond their means..
post #63 of 129
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I would like to add that it is not JUST this forum, either.. go to diapering, and it seems like almost everyone has their own stash selection of fussybutts..

the only thing that finally finalized for me that not ALL of mothering is that way, is that I stop by the trading post, and there are mamas there begging someone to buy their stuff because a bill came up.. on the one hand, I have been there when something disastrous financially happens, on the other hand, i also think there is some financial irresponsiblity going on- people living beyond their means..
Consumerism often affects people buying diapers and organic cotton clothes as much as the next person, IME. We truly live below our means (so we can save for the long term) so I have to listen to the little voice in my head that says "your brother's like new infant car seat will do just fine for baby #2" and "I don't need this $18 mama cloth pad", LOL. But there are plenty of people that incorporate organics or whatnot into their budgets without living beyond their means.
post #64 of 129
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Originally Posted by alaskanteach View Post
I would like to add that it is not JUST this forum, either.. go to diapering, and it seems like almost everyone has their own stash selection of fussybutts..

the only thing that finally finalized for me that not ALL of mothering is that way, is that I stop by the trading post, and there are mamas there begging someone to buy their stuff because a bill came up.. on the one hand, I have been there when something disastrous financially happens, on the other hand, i also think there is some financial irresponsiblity going on- people living beyond their means..
Sometimes bills come up. I have been in that boat. Things can go well and SLAM something hits you and you need help. And buying used dipes, etc. on the TP is a lot cheaper than buying sposies and clothes at Walmart, even. Even with shipping. Not everyone who needs to sell their stuff on the TP is because they are materialistic and can't handle their money. I don't consider living beyond your means as having some too-small dipes you need to sell to buy bigger ones, or paying an unexpected bills, as many of us saw with the increase in gas prices for heating and transportation costs.
post #65 of 129
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Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl View Post
Winco sounds great! This is there website http://www.wincofoods.com


They have stores in Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and California. None by me. :

I am on the hunt for a cheaper bulk food store. Anyone know of a place in Eastern Maryland? There are a few up in Pennsylvania that cater to the Amish and Mennonite communities, but I miss the co-ops in Seattle that stocked all the hippy organic goodies that I love so much.

Sorry for the tangent. I am feeling chatty lately.
I don't know about bulk stores, but I know we save a lot of money by shopping at Trader Joe's. I know nothing about MD geography, but this is the MD store list from the TJ's website (www.traderjoes.com). If there isn't one within 50 miles, you can e-mail them and request one, and see if they're planning on building a new one near you any time soon. My husband just applied for a job with them, because they're expanding on the east coast so they're hiring for a lot of new people.

Annapolis
160 F Jennifer Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 410-573-0505

Bethesda
6831 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20815
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 301-907-0982

Gaithersburg
18270 Contour Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 301-947-5953

Pikesville
1809 Reisterstown Road, Suite #121
Pikesville, MD 21208
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 410-484-8373

Rockville
12268-H Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 301-468-6656

Silver Spring
10741 Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 301-681-1675

Towson
1 E. Joppa Rd.
Towson, MD 21286
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 410-296-9851
post #66 of 129
We are also a family that has the money to spend more but chooses not to. I get great ideas from this board.
Susan
post #67 of 129
I LOVE WINCO!!!!!!!!!1 It is where I do the bulk of my "bulk shopping".
post #68 of 129
I would say that we eat better then most people health wise. Simpler, whole foods are cheaper then prepackaged. Comparing prices at different store has really surprised me. There are actually many organic products I can buy from Whole Foods for the same or less than the conventional at Meijers. We eat less meat then we used to for budgetary reasons but I also think our diet is more well rounded because of it. By cutting back on what was really too much meat we are eating more veggies which we really were not getting enough of. I also thought I'd add that we have a budget and we have to stick to it so that we are living within our means. We would have a budget even if we made more now than at present. I can honestly say that our diet would not change much even if I had unlimited money to spend on groceries.

-Pam
post #69 of 129
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Originally Posted by dnw826 View Post
Sometimes bills come up. I have been in that boat. Things can go well and SLAM something hits you and you need help. And buying used dipes, etc. on the TP is a lot cheaper than buying sposies and clothes at Walmart, even. Even with shipping. Not everyone who needs to sell their stuff on the TP is because they are materialistic and can't handle their money. I don't consider living beyond your means as having some too-small dipes you need to sell to buy bigger ones, or paying an unexpected bills, as many of us saw with the increase in gas prices for heating and transportation costs.
I agree that buying used cloth diapers saves money.. I never said that "everyone who needs to sell their stuffon teh TP is because they are materialistic and can't handle their money.." Things come up, I COMPLETELY admit that.. however, I DO think there is a consumerist undercurrent on some of the forums on MDC.. I think too many people snap up brand new hard to find cloth dipes, the minute they are post on the wahm website, and then 2 weeks down the road the sell them on the tp because something came up.. that's what I am talking about.. the lack of planning ahead.. and I think it DOES happen. I think some people get REALLY caught up on the next great new thing, and they aren't thinking about the next 3 months, or 6 months.. There is a lot of Hype on MDC.. I have no problem spending money on the tp to find a quality almost new cloth diaper, especially if it will help somebody out and I can use them, but the frequency of those urgent pleas for paypal leads me to believe that we need some basic finance issues.
post #70 of 129
Ruthiegirl-One of the reasons it is probably so cheap is that you bag your own groceries. Maybe you can find a place like that near you

Jen
post #71 of 129
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I LOVE WINCO!!!!!!!!!1 It is where I do the bulk of my "bulk shopping".
Is Winco worth a drive? We could combine trips with a stop at Ikea to return so we defective curtain hardware at the same time but the nearest one to me is pretty far away, close to the Ikea in Kent WA. As of Friday I have FIVE extra mouths to feed here for awhile (my brother and his family are moving up here and will be staying with us for a bit) so cheap bulk items sound good. Do they have any organics at all? I see it is employee owned which is cool.
post #72 of 129
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Originally Posted by jennnk View Post
I don't know about bulk stores, but I know we save a lot of money by shopping at Trader Joe's. I know nothing about MD geography, but this is the MD store list from the TJ's website (www.traderjoes.com). If there isn't one within 50 miles, you can e-mail them and request one, and see if they're planning on building a new one near you any time soon. My husband just applied for a job with them, because they're expanding on the east coast so they're hiring for a lot of new people.
This is a bit OT but speaking of MD geography, I'm in far Western MD and I don't think we'll ever get a Trader Joe's. Sigh.

We're the poorest part of the state and we're losing population so no one is building new stores here.

The only good thing we have is some Mennonite bulk food stores.
post #73 of 129
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This is a bit OT but speaking of MD geography, I'm in far Western MD and I don't think we'll ever get a Trader Joe's. Sigh.

We're the poorest part of the state and we're losing population so no one is building new stores here.

The only good thing we have is some Mennonite bulk food stores.
We are on the opposite end of Maryland. I am sad that Western Maryland gets overlooked. It is so beautiful out where you are. There is no work for us there, so we willl hang here in the swampy lowlands and dream of mountains.

And while I love Trader Joe's, it is more than an hours drive and over the bay bridge, so there is a significant time, gas and money expenditure to shop there. But I love it when we do get there.
post #74 of 129
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Originally Posted by kijip View Post
Is Winco worth a drive? We could combine trips with a stop at Ikea to return so we defective curtain hardware at the same time but the nearest one to me is pretty far away, close to the Ikea in Kent WA. As of Friday I have FIVE extra mouths to feed here for awhile (my brother and his family are moving up here and will be staying with us for a bit) so cheap bulk items sound good. Do they have any organics at all? I see it is employee owned which is cool.

It is for us. We are a family of 7 so I buy lots in bulk... They do have some organics, but honestly not ton maybe a little less then 1/4 of the buld section... At least in my area but I am on the other side of the mountains from you. We drive about 25 mins to get to the Winco in the Tri-cities. And it is REALLY worth it for us.
post #75 of 129
We have very little to spend on food, but I do my best to provide healthy meals. I get frozen veggies and fruits a lot because they are more likely to get used before they go bad. I soak and cook large amounts of dried beans and brown rice and store in 2 cup portions in the freezer. I do buy organic if it is feasible. I always get organic milk because I can get it on WIC ( I wouldn't get it otherwise unless I had the money). It is also way cheaper to bake from scratch and whatnot, which I do sometimes, but not all the time.
post #76 of 129
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have a question, what if the kids just won't eat the healthy stuff you can afford? My kids are sooooo picky and will only eat a few items (some which aren't cheap).
I have gone through this. It is a tough and long process but if you are persistant it will pay off. A child who is used to eathing salt, fat, sugar will not give it up easily. You just don't buy it and provide healthy meals that have lots of flavor. They will eat it. At first they won't, but in time when they realize they can't break you they will eat it. My girls were terrible and we had many a tear (mostly mine because they wouldn't eat my dinner). I would make a great helthy meal and it was there to eat. If they didn't want it that was fine, but that was dinner and nothing else. Now they eat just about everything and even thank me for being such a healthy cook. Seriously.
post #77 of 129
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I have gone through this. It is a tough and long process but if you are persistant it will pay off. A child who is used to eathing salt, fat, sugar will not give it up easily. You just don't buy it and provide healthy meals that have lots of flavor. They will eat it. At first they won't, but in time when they realize they can't break you they will eat it. My girls were terrible and we had many a tear (mostly mine because they wouldn't eat my dinner). I would make a great helthy meal and it was there to eat. If they didn't want it that was fine, but that was dinner and nothing else. Now they eat just about everything and even thank me for being such a healthy cook. Seriously.
I second that.. I have three little boys that LOVE old fashioned oatmeal.. I DO add a little brown sugar, but otherwise, it is the old fashioned round cannister oatmeal..

If I cook, and someone wants something else, dh will tell them to make themselves a pb&j.. those are the only options.
post #78 of 129
Eating healthy is cheaper. Besides the actual health reasons, and prevention reduces the cost of medical issues. Healthy eating does not mean buying up the healthier alternative packaged foods at the health food store. It means eating whole foods. Foods you make with simple healthy ingredients. It may mean spending a Saturday every month making casseroles, muffins, breads and stocking your freezer so you aren't living in your kitchen.

Easy ways to save time while cooking from scratch. When you cook one casserole, make a second for the freezer. When you make muffins or cookies, double the batch for the freezer. I actually freeze all of it because it stays fresh and nothing goes to waste. When you make pizza dough, triple the recipe and freeze the dough so next time you want pizza/calzones you can just pull it out of the freezer. Make home made mixes for convienence and speed sake. Buy big bags of frozen veggies and fruit from a source like Costco. It's cheaper then fresh, but usually frozen right after picking so it is a healthy option. I can buy a hug 2kg bag of mixed berries from Costco and it lasts over a month. We add it to yoghurt (home made because it's so easy to do), smoothies, cereal or whatever.

It's all about choices. Some of us are more limited in our choices, but in the end it's all about choices. You will always find an exuse to eat crap if you want to continue to eat crap.
post #79 of 129
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well, more like i'm asking, where do you draw the line??
so, are you saying that if i don't have the $$ to eat well, then i'll have to put in enormous amounts of time and effort to do it cheaply? or just eat crap?
well those two options are obvious--i started this thread to see if anyone had any better ideas. and they have given some good ones so far
Eating well takes
1. Money
2. Time
3. Knowledge/kitchen tools
4. Motivation

If you short on one of the first three you can usuallymake up for it by having more of the other two. If you don't have motivation you could be eating crappy frozen pizza baked in a beautiful Viking range.
post #80 of 129
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If you don't have motivation you could be eating crappy frozen pizza baked in a beautiful Viking range.
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