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I know at the regular grocery, food prices have skyrocketed due to the rise in the price of fuel, the move of a lot of corn into ethanol production, etc., but I was in for a total surprise that organic food had gotten so expensive. The closest organic grocery is an hour away, so I don't go very often. But almond butter for $8.99 a jar, my regular butter which just a year ago was $4 is now over $6, even broth is nearly $4 a box. Two bags of groceries: $70. I'm just amazed and have to totally figure out what organic food we should be buying. If I'm forced to prioritize, I will still buy organic meats and butter because I don't want the hormones or antibiotics (I can't have dairy because of nursling issues with it). But I'm thinking I'll have to switch to non-organic nut butters, nuts/seeds, and some fruits and veggies. I do have a garden and get a lot of produce this way. This is so frustrating and makes me really sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I would encourage you to look at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%2Fref%3Dnb_ss_gw%2F104-3892515-5923938%3FinitialSearch%3D1%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Dgrocery%26field-keywords%3Dorganic%26Go.x%3D16%26Go.y%3D12%26Go%3DGo" target="_blank">Amazon's</a> grocery offerings online for non-perishibles. They have an extensive selection of organic items, pricing is often very good, and delivery is free for orders of $25 or more. The link above will take you to almost 3000 organic items.<br><br>
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We've found a number of local sources of organic meat and eggs by Googling and asking the organizers of the CSAs around us.<br><br>
The local eggs are <i>a lot</i> cheaper than store-bought organic and it's closer than going to the stores that sell organic eggs near us. The meat is a little bit cheaper too, and it'd be a lot cheaper if we had a chest freezer, since they prefer to sell in larger quantities, but it's still a nice option b/c we support local business and don't waste a lot of gas/cause a lot of pollution driving all the way to the stores (much further than the farms) to buy.<br><br>
But still...it's really expensive. We've had to cut way back on buying organic lately.
 

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The cost of organic food has always been a touchy issue. Many people understandably make food choices based on price and it an unfortunate truism that most of the times, the less expensive version of a food item is less healthy for you.<br><br>
That having been said, I think there is a real problem with the pricing of organic food that goes beyond reasons like:<br><br>
Many conventional food items are subsidized by the govt.<br>
Organic food producers usually pay better wages and generally run their operations while cutting fewer corners.<br>
Growing organically often takes more land per item of food. Conventional growers use artificial means and chemicals to get the greatest yield per acre possible.<br><br>
But... there is also an end retailer component to the price of organic food. Distributors and retailers often mark up the price of organic food, thinking of it as a "speciality" item. I really disagree with that!<br><br>
As more organic food is carried by mainstream grocers, maybe competition will lower prices. Recently one of our large chain stores started carrying our brand of organic peanut butter, selling a 12 oz jar for 6.95. The local health food store sells an 8 oz jar of the same pb for 7.99. Where are you going to buy it?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But... there is also an end retailer component to the price of organic food. Distributors and retailers often mark up the price of organic food, thinking of it as a "speciality" item. I really disagree with that!<br><br>
As more organic food is carried by mainstream grocers, maybe competition will lower prices. Recently one of our large chain stores started carrying our brand of organic peanut butter, selling a 12 oz jar for 6.95. The local health food store sells an 8 oz jar of the same pb for 7.99. Where are you going to buy it?</div>
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This frustrates me a lot, except here, the chain grocery stores are much, much more expensive than my local HFS. I'd rather shop at the HFS, because I like it, BUT it still frustrates the heck out of me that the products are so expensive at the chain. I KNOW they have more 'purchasing power' than my little co-op. When the heck is the same exact box of cereal 50-100% more expensive at the chain?
 

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have any of you checked out a buying club? <a href="http://www.unitedbuyingclubs.com" target="_blank">www.unitedbuyingclubs.com</a> you can check if there is a local one and really save on groceries.
 

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I think that there's a lot you can do to mitigate the cost of food. It just has to be a big priority. We live on a modest income, but have made the commitment to eat organic, local foods. It takes effort, and sometimes it takes going without other things, but that's something we're okay with because eating well is a big priority.<br><br>
Sometimes it just takes being a little ingenious about how you prepare things. If your broth is $3/box (it's $4.59 here!), learn to make your own from vegetable scraps, bones and a crock pot. If bread is $5 a loaf, then make your own for less.<br><br>
A buying club has really helped us to mitigate the expense of organic food. We buy all of our dry goods in bulk and therefore we get the wholesale rate. Perhaps you can find one of those?
 

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you can try to buy the Dirty Dozen organic, the veggies/fruits with lots of pesticides and buy other veggies non-organic. that may help save some money. I agree with will on the value of organic food vs the "exotic" factor that comes into play. I also hate when I read how my Health food store chain is being bought by a completeley different non-organic chain... grr.
 
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