I’ve talked before about my struggle to eat a green, organic, healthy diet on a budget. Trust me, it’s no small task. Everything that I put into my grocery cart reminds me of either Food Inc. slaughterhouses or some ingredient that will probably give me cancer. It’s exhausting to be educated on your food sometime.
One of my favorite blogs, Little Home, publishes her weekly groceries and how well she does on her weekly budget, so I thought I would give it shot as well.
First up is a trip to Jewel. I normally go to Target every Friday for groceries, but this week Jewel had some good deals on their organic generic brand. I got the following there (minus Tommy the cat, who refused to move for this shot):
Tom’s of Maine toothpaste was half off at $2.99 a pop, which never happens, so I bought three. I also bought a Burts Bees conditioner, only because I really needed conditioner. I usually buy the generic Whole Foods brand, but I couldn’t rationalize an entire trip there for one thing. Other good deals: organic rice milk at buy one get one free, and organic baby food for $.69. I bought a few of the baby foods that I insist on buying organic, namely apples and peaches. All for around $87. Not super cheap, but we did stock up on a bunch of stuff we’ll use it soon.
While at Jewel, I used two of my WIC coupons. Yes, we’re on WIC, which is Women, Infants, and Children government-sponsored program that provides nutritional foods to pregnant and nursing moms, and young kids. It’s a great program, especially when you’re cash strapped like us. Although I do have a few concerns about what the government deems a healthy food (like an over-reliance on tuna and cow’s milk), but it really does help out our food budget while Tony’s still in graduate school. Especially when it comes to baby food.
Here’s what WIC provided for us this week:
I love their coupon for $10 of fruit and veggies. Normally, this wouldn’t go very far, but I figured out that frozen veggies are very cheap and I can usually get 6 bags of frozen generic veggies for $10. Other than that, we got eggs, cereal, juice, and a lot of baby food.
Last, we got our first order from Door to Door Organics! I love this program. In Chicagoland, they deliver different size boxes of organic fruit or veggies. I signed up for the small fruit box first, and loved it so much that next week we’re getting the small veggie box as well. Organic food shipped right to your door weekly, for a reasonable price? Yes please!
Our fruit box this week delivered this:
Yum!! I don’t know how, but the strawberries taste like it’s June. All of the fruit is fantastic – and no, they did not bribe me to say this. It’s just damn good fruit, people!