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Print Your Coupons
The end of the month is just two days away. Print your coupons before they're gone. New coupons will be listed on November 1, 2010. I've printed some favorites and will hold them in hopes of a sale. Print this one out for some cheap sugar: Smartsource: Dixie Crystals Sugar $0.75/1 This will double to $1.50 at both Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter. The last time I had this coupon, ...
Kraft Shredded Cheese for $0.88 a Bag
I've told you before and I'll tell you again- I LOVE cheese! I don't think I go a day without eating some type of cheese. And usually I have 6-8 different types in my fridge at a time. Cheese is pretty pricey so anytime I can get a good deal on it, I stock up. This week there's a great deal going on at Lowe's Food stores. So here's the steal: All bags of shredded Kraft Cheese are on sal...
Harris Teeter Super Doubles!!
It's happening again! Harris Teeter is doing “Super Doubles” from November 3-9. With plenty of advanced notice, now's the time to gather all your high value coupons so that you are prepared next Wednesday. For those of you that are new to couponing, “Super Doubles” means that they will double any coupon up to $1.98. However, the upc barcode on the coupon must begin with a number ...
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
So my little "Harriet Potter" has been having a BLAST with the PS3 Lego Harry Potter game and as if that wasn't enough, my In-Laws got her the coolest Lego set around. It's the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This isn't the ordinary "Lego" set that I grew up with. This Lego set has hinges and doors, flames on torches, stairs that swivel, and much, much more. It's AMAZING! My In-Laws had as...
Happy 5th Birthday, Emma!!!
My baby is turning 5 today. She is SOOO excited about this age, and the fact that the dentist told her 2 days ago that her two bottom teeth were loose. I keep telling her she's going to look like a jack-o-lantern but she doesn't seem to mind:) I received the Picaboo book in the mail yesterday and it's all wrapped up and ready for Emma to open up. It came out REALLY nice. Can't believe I...
Free Picaboo Photobook!
I just found out from My Baton Rouge Mommy that Picaboo is offering new customers a FREE large Classic book from October 15 to 25th by using code FALLBK. I'm a little behind on my photobooks these days, so I spent the day today working on Emma's birthday party from last year. I've always loved scrapbooking but can't seem to find the time lately. Making a photobook is similar to scrapbook...
How to Get 5 Packages of Cheese for $3.38
I LOVE cheese! I should have probably been born a mouse:) It's one of those foods that I can eat every single day and I never get tired of it. I was thrilled to get 5 packages of it at Harris Teeter for only $3.38 today. I picked up 4 bags of shredded cheese and 1 package of Cracker Barrel Cheddar slices. All of them were on sale. The shredded cheeses were on sale 2 for $4 and the...
Groupon: Top Deals for September 3
I LOVE Groupon! I purchased 3 different ones this year.  The first was for a 90-minute massage from Massage Envy for only $49 (Retails for $114).  The second one was for a Gap store certificate for $25 (Retails for $50) and the most recent one was for Papa Murphy's Pizza.  This one was only $8 and it retails for $20.  Someone's having pizza in the next couple days! Here's the list of th...
Vita Mix Blender – The Kitchen Appliance No Home Should Be Without
I've got to be honest with you. I hate infomercials. I also don't care much for sales Kiosks where fast-talking snake oil salesmen wearing headset microphones attempt to mesmerize you with their clever words and trivial knowledge. In fact, the Vita Mix blender Kiosk at our local Costco had been up and running for several months before we finally approached it during one of our latest visits. Prior...
Today Only: Get $50 Worth of Gap Apparel for ONLY $25
Groupon is having a wonderful deal today. You can get $50 worth of Gap Apparel (including sale items) for ONLY $25. This deal is valid at all the Gap Stores. Don't miss out- you can use this for back-to-school shopping or even for holiday gifts. The certificate is valid for use through November 19, 2010.

My Quest to Switch Over to Organic Foods

Posted By: Elena in Budget, Getting Started, Organic - Comments: No Comments »

I subscribe to 34 blogs, most of which are “coupon” sites. I love logging in to Google Reader and seeing all the updates in one place. This has become a big part of my life since I spend hours each week reading these blogs. However, I recently realized that only 1 of these 34 blogs actually writes about “organic deals”.

Over the last few months, I have heard a lot about the importance of eating organic foods and how harmful non-organic foods are due to the high number of pesticides and artificial ingredients used on/in them. But, it’s difficult to change your entire way after eating all that stuff for 40 years. So, although I do purchase organic foods every once in awhile, I also realize that the price difference is HUGE and so I continue to settle for non-organic foods.

My husband Mark has been trying to lose weight as he’s put on some unwanted pounds and I obviously want to help him so he’ll feel better about himself. He LOVES eating Pepperidge Farm Milanos and Starbucks coffee ice cream and I think he’s just been having it too often where the lack of exercise and indulgence of sweets has caught up with him. So as I began thinking about how I could help him I realized as I am the household shopper, I will have to stop buying the cookies and ice cream every week. If he doesn’t have them, well, he can’t eat them. Instead I will purchase lots of fresh fruit and this way he can have lots of “sweets” but in a healthy way.

If you recall a recent entry I did about Eating Organic Foods and the “dirty dozen”, then you realize that there are 12 fruits and veggies with TONS of pesticides that you want to avoid. This makes “budgeting” a little tougher as now I will need to purchase some “organic” fruits at much higher prices. But, I really feel that this is more important to our health than what the monetary price is going to cost us. After all, if you don’t eat healthy now, you are going to pay for it later, right? So I’ll rather “pay” high prices for organic fruit than “pay” high prices for our health.

I know many people will disagree with this post because they too don’t want to spend the extra money on organic foods, and that is fine. I am not telling you to. I feel that I need to make this change for my family and you are welcome to join me or not. Each family needs to do what they feel is right for their own family. I am not here to judge any one…I’ve been eating non-organic for 40 years, so who am I to judge?

As a matter fact, I am still going to continue following the 33 sites that talk about “non-organic food deals”. Why? Because they also cover all kinds of deals that I enjoy getting like free or cheap toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo, paper towels, etc. I’m not switching everything I buy to organic, just foods.

One big price difference that I noticed when buying organic vs. non-organic, is with milk. A gallon of milk will cost $5.99, while I can get a non-organic gallon of milk for about half that price.

When I began this blog about a month ago, I started with “Where do I begin?” And I told you how “I set a goal to spend 40% less on my groceries than I had in the past 5 years. So, my weekly grocery budget went from $100 to $60 per week.” Well $60 per week for “organic” foods is not going to be easy but I am going to try. If I have to make some small adjustments, I will. I feel that this “healthy” alternative is much more important than the initial goal I had “to save money”. Believe me, I still want to save money, but my mindset is now different and with that I will have to have different strategies. Stick with me as I begin my quest of switching over to organic foods.

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