Is it Just Me? (A Rant About Groceries)

Jun 4, 2011 | Pop Culture/Politics | 41 comments

Or is anyone else fricken’ going broke from buying groceries???

Honestly.

Ms. Frugal.
Ms. We Don’t Eat Boxed Food
Ms. Costco
Ms. Trader Joe’s
Ms. I Buy Bulk Flour
Ms. We eat lots of Beans
Ms. I Grow Food in my Garden
Ms. I Can Make Food Stretch Like Nobodies Business

Ms. Losing her mind cause I can’t keep up!!!

I don’t want to be negative because I am always telling people that it doesn’t cost the ridiculous sums that “they” want you to believe it costs to raise children – in fact I have this huge post written in my head on the subject…

I can’t figure it out but I haven’t yet sat down and tried.
Here is what is going on: I was spending $400 a month on groceries. I was soooooooooo proud, it seemed unheard of!!! Β But lately my children are eating like adults. I have told you before how much and how well they eat and recently I joked how much Juliette eats –I am not joking.Β She eats so much it’s scary. And Aidan, well, he is a GROWING boy. “More please, more please, more please”. Β Today I made risotto for lunch and just a couple months ago we would have had enough left for the kids and I to eat leftovers for dinner. Today there was a paltry amount left in the bottom of the pan. And this bun in the oven coming in September will be eating off a plate by next March!

I could give you so many examples of how careful and frugal I shop but it would bore you…
I buy two and three bunches of bananas at a time because they are affordable and POOF! they are gone! We don’t even SNACK in this house!
There are things I am not willing to sacrifice – I can’t go to Aldi and buy “cheap” dairy products and meat. The dangers are too high but I tell you what… these days it doesn’t even make a difference that we don’t eat deli meat and chips and all that.
This last trip to the store was $195.00, that was five days ago and I am already feelings it. We didn’t even buy MEAT!!!


Thank goodness we have those chickens! Eight eggs a day has been my saving grace many-a-times!
And thank goodness this is our first season of our self proclaimed “urban farm”. I pray it actually makes a difference when we look back a year from now!

So what is it?
Is it inflation?
Crazy food prices?
I am just stunned lately.

Thankfully the growing season is here but I am only one woman caring for three small children. We don’t have a cow, we don’t have a goat. I love gardening but can only spend so much time out there and we don’t have an acre for crying out loud! AND gardening is wonderful but it’s not free either… I can see why people FREAK out and shout from the rooftops that we all need to know how to harvest, keep and store our own seeds…

Organic milk is $6 a gallon!
We don’t even DRINK it!
I use it for cooking! Time to find a cow share…

Has anyone else felt this change in their lifestyle?
I know there are lots of procreating Mom’s out there…
Does anyone find their mind wandering to what weΒ 
are all going to do when inflation REALLY hits???

Or is it just me?

41 Comments

  1. Deborah

    Girl, I am with you all the way! We had 2 groceries in our small town and they both stayed busy. One day they (owners) got together and decided to close one of each in 2 different towns so there would be only 1 store in a town now. You guessed it prices are doubling quicker than the blink of an eye. Still trying to support our town businesses but with gas prices at 3.75 (cheaper elsewhere) and groceries, no extra money for anything else. Bummer!!!!!!!

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  2. Gail Thayer

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!
    I’m feelin’ ya, and we’re a family of 3!!!!!!
    I’m so very sick of paying 4.65 for a loaf of bread, really, things need to change.
    I’m thinking ahead to the summer and wondering what I can buy cheaply from the farm stands and can myself for the winter……. no lie, I’m so tired of paying the inflated prices for food. It’s just not right.
    I love me some TJ’s and shop there when I can but they don’t have everything I need so I’m forced to shop elsewhere……re: higher $$$$$!!!!
    Oh well, guess we’re all in the same boat….(
    and yes, I’m wondering if I can start a veggie garden in my backyard soon.

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  3. Heather's Blog-o-rama

    Oh, my, you said it well πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’m single, no kids…and I share an apartment with my dad. Add to that, that we are both “in between” jobs, so it makes purchasing food a real challenge. I’m getting better at shopping sales at my local Albertson’s and Fred Meyer. I DON”T use coupons often, because I make most of my meals at home now..and well, when did you see a 10 for $10 on flour or eggs etc? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ You did make me laugh, too…and I thank you for that πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’d like to try urban farming…or urban apartment patio porch farming. It’s just not in my budget…yet πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Somehow we make it πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ This was a great post πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ Have a good weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. Heather's Blog-o-rama

    OH, I just noticed you are on the front cover of “Where Women Cook” I LOVE that magazine. It’s so cute…from front cover to back cover..and EVERYTHING looks good. I’m going to buy that issue next week πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Random question, do you have a Facebook page that is companion to the blog?

    Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  5. Melissa

    I’m way north in Canada, and we’re feeling it too. I’m single and I spend WAY too much on groceries. I can only imagine what a family pays! I’m trying to do things a little differently this year and buy local: and I mean everything – meat, dairy, produce, grains. I’m hoping that supporting local businesses will encourage them to keep prices down. Who knows where this is leading!

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  6. mudderbear

    Hi..i was glad to see this post. I have been thinking that I must be going crazy. I keep running out of money….and gas too.
    I really appreciate your comments.

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  7. kerrie of sea cottage

    It’s not just you. It can be scary…I try not to worry about it. And I have four eating machines…age 21,19,17,15. They eat alot more than little ones. Thankfully the two oldest work full time and help pay for food. I have definetly noticed how much food prices have gone up…up, up, up. I think they think noone notices. It is better now that hubby got a job! He was laid off for 8 mos. We would have lost our home if it weren’t for loving parents that helped us out. We do grow our own food. I try to shop as best that I can. I cannot buy all the organic products that I once did. We have never been able to afford organic milk…we buy hormone free and soymilk. It’s pretty sad when it costs more to make a homecooked meal from scratch to feed my family than it does for them to go through the drivethru at McDonalds.

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  8. Amy @ Homestead Revival

    I’ve been trying not to stress over our food bill for a year or more and it isn’t getting better. I buy almost only in bulk from co-ops, I only get bananas and lemons/limes at the grocery store unless you count Trader Joe’s. I buy 1/2 a side of beef at 2.60/#, try to have venison in the freezer, raise my own eggs, chicken meat, garden, culture my own dairy products which I get from a friend other than a half gallon of cow milk each week – raw organic, etc. And STILL the food bill is over the top!

    We forget that until recently, families use to spend a much larger portion of their income on food. It’s only been in the last 2-3 decades that cheap food has been available. But we’ve sacrificed nutrition and quality (not to mention taste!). I figure being frugal is like having a second job . It takes TIME to be a Proverbs 31 woman and gather food from afar (the co-ops, etc. at a good price!).

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  9. WhiteWhispers2u

    I think we all are feeling the crunch with food and gas prices.I use to buy all organic but with the prices now I just can’t do it anymore.
    I am feeding 7 and try to make healthy meals.If it were up to me I would eat Indian Food, very cheap and delicious to make or beans and rice.I really don’t like much meat but the guys do.Once a week I do make grilled cheese and soup just to help with the cost as well as an egg dish one night.I do shop the sales and use coupons.I wish I could tell you it would get better but it won’t, the older your children get the more they eat.
    When I lived in Montana a group of us formed a food co-op and once a month we would have a delivery.It was cost effective and I miss it a lot.I have been talking with some friends and we are considering starting another one through our Church.You may think about doing so yourself.It helps leave out the middle man and the markup.It’s all back to basics for us.Sad to see that it’s cheaper to eat processed foods and fast food verses home cooked meals.Yuk! ~Kim

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  10. Studio Gypsies

    Yes I am feeling it too. My kids are into sports real big and outdoor activities. I went to store the other day and just got drinks and such and it was $50.00……….We are a family of 5 with two older children out of the house who eat with us alot. They can afford to keep their roofs over their heads but no money left over for food.

    It is scary. I am trying to be a stay at home mom. I was recently put on layoff with my job. I get unemployment right now but plan to, well pray that I dont have to go back to work……….BUT I am having so much trouble keeping groceries in our house with the costs that I worry I will have to go back to work just to afford food for us. It is costing me over $200 just for groceries a week. I too used to only spend $400 a month. Then we still need supplies. I have cut back so much……..but still trying more!

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  11. Valerie

    Oh, Angela! I sooooo can relate to you on this one…especially since Luke (10 months) is basically completely on table food. Good for him…bad for the status of leftovers! πŸ˜‰

    And unfortunately, I live in what is geographically termed a “food desert”. Our local grocery store (already over-priced) closed its doors in 2007 or 2008. The next town over (6 miles) does have a grocery store, but the prices are incredibly inflated…and like you, I will not buy fresh produce, meat or dairy there. Which leads me to purchase the cheaper processed foods…ack!

    Local big chain grocery stores and Wal-Mart are both 15 miles away…so when you figure in gas, we’re spending a ton.

    I did see on the news that Trader Joes is coming to Kansas City. I do not think one will be close to me…not any closer than big chain grocer, but would it be worth it to shop there? I don’t really know what it is…just seen lots of hoopla on TV.

    And milk…OMGosh! Mary and I drink skim…Benjamin must drink Lactaid (I keep trying to sneak in “regular” milk and the bowel issues quickly return), and Luke will soon be on whole milk. The Lactaid costs as much for a 1/2 gallon as a regular gallon of milk. I’ve also tried to buy local organic milk (delicious), but the cost of that milk combined with the bottle deposit makes it outrageous. *sigh*

    I’ll get off my soapbox now, but it really is hard to afford healthy food when you live in an low socioeconomic area. I do have 3 different raised planting beds going (thanks to you!) and I’m hoping that is going to help with the food budget later this summer!!!!

    Blessings,
    Val

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  12. Carissa

    Yes, Oh my goodness are we feeling it! AND IT HURTS!

    We are just like you… No boxed food, chips, pop, deli meat, etc, yada, yada, yada. We do not drink milk either, it does not seem to matter. The grocery bill just keeps going up and believe me I’m frugal!

    And yes, these almost 6 year old (I say almost because I refuse to say he is six until the day of his birthday, I think you understand)boys of ours are eating us out of house and home!!! πŸ˜‰ I’m so thankful they are good eaters though and healthy.

    I’m thankful for our gardens… Still it hurts!

    No, you’re not going crazy! ;-)I think we are all feeling it!

    Carissa

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  13. Pam

    Yeah, it’s crazy! I’ve really buckled down this year in regards to how I shop. I started doing the Grocery Shrink method of keeping a price book and watching sales so I can buy at the lowest price possible. It’s helped, but I still haven’t been able to build that extended pantry supply everyone keeps recommending in case of emergencies. We don’t do boxed food. I cook from scratch and make our bread so I don’t have to pay for someone else’s labor. We put out a nice sized garden every year and I have learned to can. We recently put in an order for 1/2 of a grass fed cow, which will be cheaper than I can even buy the crapola hamburger in the store. It won’t be ready to butcher until November or December, but at least I have hope that it’s coming. When you couple the crazy prices with the info coming out on GMO’s and how many foods we shouldn’t even touch – it’s enough to drive a person bonkers. We’re not even allowed to have chickens in our town. One family on the outskirts of town bucked the rule and had some and they are paying for it dearly. It’s pathetic. So, I do what I can, trust God to give me wisdom and work it out, and dream of the day when we’ve got that land to raise meat and veggies on…

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  14. The Not So Perfect Housewife

    Oh girl..I feel your pain. And the product sizes are getting smaller as the prices climb.

    It’s HOT here in FL and almost impossible to grow anything right now, so I’m left with buying veggies.. I try to do organic but WOW it’s expensive.

    I just keep praying that 2012 will get here QUICK and that there will be some real “change” in that big ole white house that has there grocery bill paid by tax payers…

    Always trusting God to provide though.. and He faithfully does..

    Blessings for a great weekend..

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  15. omega57

    Certainly feeling the pinch in lots of areas! It really was a sneaky process! One day it was fine and then pow! Thankful to God for a regular paycheck.
    Linda @ bushel and a pickle

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  16. Christina

    Great blog. Yes I am feeling the changes in food prices. I don’t know how it came about almost without me realizing. I buy my meat at Whole Foods so of course we don’t eat much, some things in the grocery store are becoming health issues, especially for our kids.

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  17. cityfarmer

    just wait til the six year olds grow up and want all their friends from youth group to hang out at YOUR house

    can you imagine 4 or 5 fourteen year olds’ hunger pangs?
    at that point it’s BYOR … bring your own Rosati’s

    posted menus always worked for me when you kids were little.
    … knowing what you’re gonna make, shopping from the menu list, having it ready and when it’s gone its gone. There is no shame in just one serving. Just because kids say they are still hungry doesn’t mean they really are.

    oh how I wish you had a Woodmans
    and I’m praying for a bumper crop from your urban farmette.

    great post
    love,
    the mom

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  18. Karena

    No Angela it is not just you. I am and almost everyone I know is cutting back wherever they can. I almost cried yesterday when I called a friend in San Diego who has been out of work two years, same with one of my sisters.

    When will the powers that be wake up and help! You are doing a Great job! Congratulations on the cover of Where Women Cook!

    Be sure to enter my awesome $250 Giveaway from Tracy Porter!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  19. Priscilla

    For the last two years the prices of everything have been rising. The government, in their leftist wisdom, have declared that there is no inflation, so they can’t give any rise in social security. but are quick to raise the medicare cost. So my paltry SS doesn’t go as far as it did when I first began receiving it. I can’t even imagine trying to feed a family. At least I too old to worry about buying cheap products. If I had young ones I would be very careful. I used to only give my girls raw milk. We didn’t have some of the bad things in products but even so, I always tried to buy locally grown fruit and veg. I lived in So. Cal and had wonderful farmer’s markets, and local fruit and veg stands.
    I’m sure you will find a way to feed your darling little ones with wholsome food. You are so clever and resoursful.
    Take care.

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  20. Lorilee

    Gas and groceries are killing us too! Thankfully, we both still have our jobs. I teach Pre-K in a public school, and they are planning some major cutbacks in education. I started carpooling with 2 co-workers to save on gas, but our son is now driving, so what I save goes to his vehicle. I have a garden, but in south Texas the summers are too hot to grow very much. We are also in an “exceptional” drought. Hopefully, in 2012 we can vote for better “change”!
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  21. Γ  la parisienne

    I have been having this conversation with my mom & mother-in-law for over 6 months now.
    Not only are prices going up, but the products are shrinking. Companies try to hide this by their “new great look” same great taste trick…Not working!!!

    We are big milk drinkers here (definitely not a true “à la parisienne” practice), and I do buy organic, so it’s about $9.00 plus a week for our milk intake alone.

    At our last garden club meeting, we decided that our topic for discussion this month will be how to cut costs in our grocery bills-so this is a problem that all of us are trying to learn to deal with.

    It looks like we’re going to have to learn to cut the cost of things we don’t really need in order to be able to continue to buy healthy foods, and nourishing our bodies is not only a necessity for sustaining life, but also a law given by God. (I’m currently working on a blog post that will cover this idea.)

    It looks like you’ve struck a chord, perhaps we should find a way to share all of our grocery-buying strategies.

    Bon week-end,
    Mandy

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  22. Justine

    I agree with you, hubby and I are having our first baby this november and we already spend way too much on food but we have to eat right? I dont know how it will work out but it has to I guess. When baby starts eating real food we are in for it… I would like to make more from scratch at home but who has the time with kids and two parents who work full time jobs… we’ll see how it turns out.

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  23. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    I can spend the $195 you did for just the two of us and that is just for a few days and then I have to go again. When gas prices soar so does everything else. The economy is still struggling. It is s-l-o-w-l-y getting better with building of homes finally coming back around here. My husband runs a bank and it just isn’t good!

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  24. Ann at eightacresofeden

    Don’t move to Australia then – our food and fuel prices are much higher. You would faint at some of our prices compared to yours. I cannot believe how cheap some of your groceries are, we don’t have Trader Joes and CostCo has only reached the big cities. Coupons are uncommon except for petrol. I thank God Aldi chose to come down under and I buy most of my groceries there. The dairy foods they stock here are just fine – I buy their cheese, feta and butter. They also have excellent Australian olive oil. Recent cyclones, floods etc have affected food prices – bananas were $15 a kilo (sorry that’s in metric) – they used to be around $2-3 a kilo which is why I am ecstatic that we chose to grow our own bananas and have several bunches ripening – one of the blessings of living in a sub-tropical climate. Coffee trees also coming into production. Determined to learn how to roast our own coffee. Now our fruit trees are in production I force my children to eat all we harvest – so its mandarins and more mandarins at the moment and I don’t buy other extra fruits. Milling wheat grain has also saved us money – the organic grain I can buy is still cheaper than conventional flour. The sourdough bread I make is much more filling than the soft stuff sold in the stores. Organic sourdough loaves are $8 each at my local store. I am also learning to use meat sparingly – not making it the main part of the dish – loving stir fries with some nice lean free range chicken, lots of brown rice, veggies and tonnes of bok choy from the garden. Just needs a little chilli jam made from the chillies we were given – stopped buying store sauces when the prices went up. Have you been to the Prudent Homemaker’s website? Brandi is amazing – she grows her own food on a small patch near Vegas and has the most well stocked survival pantry I have ever seen. She has lots of advice and recipes – quite gourmet too and their pantry helped their family survive through some very tough times. Well worth a visit to her website, beautiful photography – she is just an inspiration. Latest article is on how she feeds her family on a tiny budget. http://www.theprudenthomemaker.com.

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  25. Genuine Lustre

    YES! We raise our own meat, milk and eggs and I’m at the store every week spending $250 it seems – on staples and produce. I don’t buy pop, ice cream, meat, frozen stuff, ( beer wine and coffee *are* necessities – also feta cheese). WTH?

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  26. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    It is not just you!!! I have one growing boy at home. From the get go that boy has been a monster eater. He is now on summer break and eats ALL DAY LONG. (I have the sink full of dishes to prove it.) My husband exercises to beat the band and so he can be a big eater as well. We do believe in the concept of organic but given that we leave smack dab in the desert of Phoenix there is no chicken, garden or cow option for us. So I have to purchase those things elsewhere at a price.

    Then there is the factor that our home is the neighborhood hangout. It’s not uncommon that 2 or 3 extra hungry boys are hanging out.

    I started watching extreme couponing and had much to say about that. (Back in April.)

    When you figure out the answer let me know. Oh wait, the answer will be coming up soon in the next election.

    Onto good. Picked up my copy of Where Women Cook. Darling. Adorable. Totally coveting your copper pot. I also spied that you have the same white kid busts as me. Perfection! Good for you.

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  27. Splenderosa

    Angela, this is all too true. All of us who can vote need to get rid of the professional politicians; the ones who have been in office for decades. They are working for themselves, not us. And the way they can accept money makes them all wealthy, which is not at all what our founders deemed correct. VOTE all of them out of office. And, Obama? Well, you know how I feel. You are brilliant. Create something to sell online. Whatever it is would be a huge hit and a huge help. Believe me, I know. xx’s

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  28. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    There are some things at ALDI I will not buy, but I have shopped there for years and will vouch for the advantages of it. There are oats and other staples you can use from there, and the fruits and veggies are fine, too. I am all for growing more of your own groceries, we do that, and for living as frugally as possible, we are debt free and that’s partly because I’ve been able to use ALDI for years. Just think, the Duggars use ALDI and they all look perfectly healthy to me! :0) Hard times are upon all of us, my husband lost 25% of his income and many of his benefits he had … this has been happening over the last couple years, and I see no end in sight. Unless Obama is impeached, there is further mayhem, chaos, and damage he can do that will take, perhaps, decades to undo. Just do what you have to do. Tough times are something that our ancestors taught us can be overcome. :0)
    xoxo
    Joni

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  29. GLENDA CHILDERS

    NO, it is NOT just you. Crazy prices in Chicago, too.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  30. BetteJo

    Please vote “right” in 2012, we need some fiscal responsibility – fast!

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  31. Deanna

    Hang in there!
    The kids will grow and as you get older you’ll eat less. It will even out.

    Praise God. Enjoy the little ones and watch them grow. You can fix lots of pancakes to fill the kids tummiess up or crackers and cheerios.

    Would you consider using powdered milk mixed with regular milk to cook with?

    I have noticed the increase in grocery bills and especially our utility bills. I have to pray a great deal. LORD HELP!!!

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  32. Jenn @ Spejory

    We are feeling it, too. I have 3 boys ages 13, 12, and 10. I cook and shop a lot like you, but lately I’ve been buying our vegetables at Aldi and passing up the organic stuff to save money. Our groceries for the past 3 months averaged over $900 a month. It makes me wonder what it’ll be like when they are officially teenagers??? And my husband drives at least 100 miles per day with his job. Ouch!

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  33. Kalee

    Oh yes! In trying to stay super healthy this pregnancy I’ve seen our food bill for just me skyrocket (all I seem to want is fruit and salsa). I’m glad our CSA starts up this next weekend, and I’m touch with a farm for some organic grass fed meat that will be ready later this year. I’m glad we don’t really snack, we eat smaller (old school) portions and we don’t do seconds generally. But I’m getting quite adept at stretching food.

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  34. Joannah

    When I first bought my house in 1997, I was really good about clipping coupons and using them. Then as my income increased, I was less concerned about saving money, and more concerned about the quality of what I purchased. Now that food is SO EXPENSIVE, I am having to reevaluate my shopping strategy. I’ll be clipping coupons again, shopping at Trader Joe’s (always a good value), and doing my other grocery shopping at Stater Bros. because they are the best value in town aside from TJ’s. I’m tired of running into the market for just a few things and spending at least $50, and I think it’s outrageous that one adult has to spend $100+ a week at the regular grocery store on staples. This reminds me, I need to order a coupon organizer! πŸ™‚

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  35. Laura

    Sure am enjoying getting to know you and your family through the blog. I’m a new reader.
    Our family of eight, large framed, living on a very busy mini farm which requires all kinds of physical labor, not to mention 3 teens, is alternately grateful that we have been given the means to meet our food needs, and confused and dazed when it comes to the food budget. Our weekly spend is averaging $300 and we’re making everything for ourselves-even some of our condiments and things like peanut butter!
    I do have a question and I’m not really sure how to frame it…
    I’ve been shopping at Aldi for some time and we’ve benefited from their “cheap” food. Ahem. Does cheap mean inexpensive/affordable or does it mean low quality and bad for you? I think your post referenced the dairy products and meat. How does one evaluate cheap? I’ve had consistent results with their butter and cream cheese for example, so is there something about the quality of the food that I’m not understanding?
    Since I’ve not read all the way through your blog there’s probably a context that I’m missing,and I’m sure that the French influence adds elements that I just don’t know.
    BTW-my husband works in the manufacturing sector and has been in food plants that produce and distribute some of Aldi’s products. So, for a made up example, name brand juice like Welch’s goes through production, followed by Jewel-Osco brand, followed by Aldi brand and then shipped to each chain’s distribution center. It’s the same product. The only thing that changes on the line is the operator stops the machines, switches out labels and packaging, and flips the switch back on. So, overall I’ve been pretty confident that the name brand butter for example available at my more expensive large chain retailer is likely the same product with a different label at Aldi. I’m sure it’s dangerous using butter as my example as you probably have very high standards for one of life’s most important ingredients! πŸ™‚
    Anyway, I’ve gone on way too long and probably broken some blog protocol. My question is truly humble and coming from a desire to know if in your opinion and experience I should be sourcing better products.
    Thanks Angela. Keep up the good work loving God, loving your husband and kids, and sharing the good life with your readers!

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  36. Elizabeth

    No it is not just you…it is ironic that you posted on this because I was thinking of doing it myself. Since the recession started over 2 years ago, I have noticed packaging differences in the food, for instance, you use to get 6 in a package, now you get 5. If you purchased boxed granola bars the same thing. Peanut butter did not use to have that huge dimple in the bottom of the jar, which consequently now gives you less in the jar but the jar is the same size.

    I recently read that by 2030 food prices will be doubled if not tripled!

    It really makes one stop to think, what are we doing to our country? How are we going to make it? Gas is outrageous, food is outrageous, all of the utilities in my town have gone up, and my house lost 1/4of its value! But we did bail out the banks, and the auto industry and the hedge fund managers are still making Billions!!! And we are still managing to send money to China, Pakistan and many other coutries.

    It is crazy and I hate to say it but I do not think we are going to see a change for a long time. On NPR yesterday, a financial analyst say that Americans need to realize that this economy is our new reality. What do you think?

    With families spending all of their money for gas to get to work, so that they have health insurance, if you are lucky, and to buy food often times there is nothing left for anything else. And honestly, if you are lower income, food prices are so high that you are not feeding your family anything close to healthy! It is a catch 22! Sorry to ramble, it is just nice to know that other people feel the same.

    On a lighter note, I love the magazine cover! And I love visiting your blog for a smile and a lift in my day and a to learn something from all of your wonderful activities!

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  37. Talia

    I can certainly understand and relate. My husband butchered a cow for us this past winter and what a savings — not to mention, higher quality of beef.

    We eat quite a bit of pasta and thankfully, have a garden planted. I do shop Aldi’s and honestly, can’t tell the difference between the food I find there vs other grocers. Truth is, the produce I do find there is reasonable and very fresh.

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  38. Steve & Paula

    We raise our own chickens for meat and eggs. Mix our own feed that is soy and corn free. We have goats for milk, though we do own a couple of local cow shares as well.
    Well on our way to raising all our own veges as well.
    We hunt and fish for all our other meat needs.
    We also cook and bake from scratch. No need to live by the unwritten rule that food must be sterile and premade for us.

    One thing to note about organic milk. Its kind of a rip off. Sure, the feed is organic, and they guarantee no hormones added, but those cows ( and chickens) are still confined, only fed hay and grain, never grass, and very little sunshine.
    Not good at all. It has to go through damaging pasteurization, because it is still full of pathogens that are not allowed on raw milk farms.

    Paula, Bubbling Brook Farm, Alaska

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  39. Victoria

    Long comment here… We spend $400 a month on groceries – and there are only three of us. Baby girl also eats a ton (a whole avocado by herself, those things ain’t cheap!).

    I get frustrated by reading stupid “how to save X amt” articles… I have been doing all of it for years; there are no more corners to cut – IT’S A CIRCLE.

    There are produce and meat shares here aplenty – can’t afford the meat one either, the waiting lists for produce are full for 2012! I am NOT against the family farm (more like, a couple of families on the farm) idea. I will figure out how to raise the cows!

    Don’t even get me started on gluten free prices… I’ve got it down to $3 for bread that I bake myself. Anything else is a luxury we can’t afford.

    And, maybe just my opinion here, but TJ’s has never seemed inexpensive. More so than whole foods, but not anywhere else.

    Thank goodness we love lentils, black beans, etc. It’s cheaper to open windows than purchase meat, am I right?! =)

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  40. Victoria

    FYI – have you noticed that chicken, beef, milk, etc. now all have FDA labels that say “FDA prohibits the use of hormones in meat and dairy products?” So, what’s with all the “hormone free” stuff – why is it better? I’m currently still buying organic milk though..

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  41. Victoria

    Last comments..
    Someone mentioned doing the co op with other members at your church – my old church did this and it was VERY cost effective for everyone.

    Secondly, if it were up to me I’d eat beans/rice every day too.. Your dang brother has to eat meat though. He’s a man, what can I say?

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