Everything else I can skip.
my favorite splurge right now
byerleys beer cheese soup.
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any advice on how to convert slowly.. and not radically expensively?
And Dh loves his chocolate, especially chocolate chip cookies, which we make from scratch, but the 2 sticks of butter and the chips up our grocery bill!
I am prepared to buy in bulk and cook everything from scratch (no convience foods) if it means we eat healthy and (this is very important to me) delicious meals.
By the way, we love to eat salmon too and only wild, so when we can't afford fresh, we buy canned. Most canned varieties are wild, (read back of can I think). We eat it in salmon patties. chowders, casseroles, to get the benefits without the mercury. If you are worried about canned, the interior of the ones I buy are lined, so no metal is touching the fish. Just to let you know.
We also splurge on Republic of Tea. My dd in particular drinks cups and cups of tea every week, and Lipton just doesn't cut it for us.
Originally Posted by tie-dyed
Oh, and this is generally not more expensive, but I do use granulated sugar...
The *only* sugar I will buy is Michigan grown and processed beet sugar. Doesn't matter if soemthing else is on sale, doesn't matter that I end up constantly stalking for sales and end up buying it twenty pounds at a time to avoid having to pay more for it, but I am very particular about this. Just trying to do my bit to keep the beet farmers in the Saginaw valley in business, and one of the few non-automotive related plants alive in an economically depressed area.
I also splurge on Spanish goat cheese (I am generally intolerant of dairy, but this doesn't bother me and it is SO good with an apple!).
For splurge: kefir, miso, almond butter, Naked Juice smoothies/juices, amasake, organic avocados, fresh organic salsa, honey roasted peanut butter, organic yogurt and organic pears.
Everything else I buy is from the bulk section.
In the summer we eat a box of popsicles a week, just love them.
Corn chip (trader Joe's has wonderful white corn organic chip)
Dh's shade grown organic coffee
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beer and wine (no nutrition there!)
extra virgin olive oil
real maple syrup
We used to do the organic free-trade coffee, too, but we really can no longer afford it, considering the amount of cofee we drink. Instead we ask for it for Christmas (and sometimes actually get it).
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Carr's Rosemary crackers
Chocolate Silk for my boy (the only thing he'll drink that doesn't come out of a breast)
"Girl Beer" in the warm months (Mike's Hard Lemonade is like $7 a six pack, which is crazy, but just so yummy.)