Join Date: May 2005
Location: anywhere but Stepford
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Yes. I feel that perhaps - because I'm so picky - I shouldn't be on this forum. But money IS tight and I juggle the budget so I can afford our splurges.
All fruit and veg is organic. Free trade coffee. Organic nuts, grains, pulses, sugar, flour etc. I can't afford organic cheese, but all of our milk is organic too. We buy organic meat about 30% of the time. But I make *everything* from scratch except bread (which I used to and need to get back into doing it) - no frozen meals, packet mixes, pasta sauce, canned veggies or anything like that. I dry my own fruit for the kids to snack on, and the kids help me make jam/jelly. I asked my friends at our playgroup how much they spend on groceries (they don't buy organic and don't make anything for themselves) and our bills are about the same. If I splurged on organic premade meals, organic baked beans, organic pasta sauce etc our grocery bill would double (at least).
If I bought white name brand flour instead of organic wholemeal flour, and used powdered name brand milk powder instead of unhomogenised unpasteurised organic I'm sure I'd be able to cut our bill! It sucks that it's so expensive to eat healthily. I could buy a frozen pizza for $3, but I'd be worried about what we were putting into our bodies.