Understanding why it costs more is great, but it doesn't make it suck any less at the cash register. So what can you do stay healthy, and still keep your costs down?
~Buying local produce at farmer's markets cuts out the middle-man, as well as a tremendous amount of shipping charges. You can buy straight from the grower, and cut out the extra retail mark-up cost, as well as the extra fees and fuel involved in shipping it to a store. When you buy organic produce from the grocery store that has a sticker on that says it was grown in another country, you can bet your ass that most of what your paying for is the shipping cost to get it here.
~If you have the time and patience for it, cooking from scratch is the way to go. Buying ingredients, rather than already-prepared meals is way cheaper per meal. I get it though... Time is a hot commodity also, and there's no shame in letting someone else do the dirty work. I lucked out on this one. I married a cook. Before I met him, the only time the stove was turned on was for grilled cheese or scrambled eggs.
But what about stuff like cereal, and other things usually not found at your local farmer's market?
~Buy generic. True, some of the grocery store's generic brand stuff is pretty dreadful. But some isn't. I have no idea what other grocers offer, but ours has it's own generic store brand of hippie-dippy options. So I'm able to cut costs pretty significantly by buying that stuff rather that the commercial version. Cutting costs here allows me some extra wiggle room for stuff that I can't find so cheap, like fruit (other than apples, Vermont's not a prime location for growing fruit crops).
|Source: Martha Stewart|
~Do it yourself! Container gardening is wicked easy and insanely cheap. It's virtually weed-free, you can either grow from seed, or buy "starts," and you don't have to go any further than your front porch to get the fixings for a salad in the summer.
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