120 dollars…

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I went shopping today in the wee, dreary hours of the morning. It was still raining, and looked more like dusk then dawn. The roads were almost empty, no school busses clogging up our winding roads. Listening to a favorite cd, I stopped first at the bank then proceeded to the two stores I frequent. All in all, I dropped $120… how far does that get you in your part of the world ? As you can see, about half of what I bought was organic, or at least natural. Two large containers of soap, toothpaste, weight watchers frozen meals and ravioli were things not on sale, but we needed them. The greek yogurt popsicles are a favorite of my foxling’s, and she likes to eat one with breakfast. Being only 80 calories and 6 grams of protein, I let her eat one every day.

I usually purchase many sale items, but this week there were not many choices to be had. Carrots were ridiculous, 2$ for a pound of organic, but I will not buy any other kind for her, as she eats them raw every day. The Whole Foods half an hour away is cheaper than that, but I am not going to waste gas for a pound of carrots. I made up for it with a GREAT price on the chicken breast and eggs. Half & Half is not a necessity in some households, but I have given myself permission to spend the $3 a week to have a great cup of coffee once a day. I also got three pounds of frozen organic veggies; broccoli, spinach, and green beans. The tubs of organic lettuces were on sale, so I stocked up. We will be eating lots of salads with dinner this week. The zucchini is local and from a farm that utilizes pesticides only when necessary, so it is better than many choices. She cannot eat bell peppers, so I buy conventional for myself. While I wold love to get only local, organic food, right now that is not an option, and I do not lose sleep over things I cannot change. =)

The splurge this week went to sliced deli-meat. I buy it infrequently, but will get her some natural turkey or beef when the price is not terrible. For just the two of us, a few slices does quite nicely. All in all, I think I did very well, for this area of the country.  What are you eating this week in your neck of the woods ?


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