So, lately I have read many blogs on how women are saving money grocery shopping. They use coupons and store sales galore. I look on in awe as I see their calculations of how much they save. I see percentages of all numbers...all the way up to 95%! How is this possible? I want to join these women in spending a ridiculously small amount of money for a large amount of groceries. There's only one problem: When I look to see what these women are buying to make their meals, I wouldn't purchase about 85% of it.
I have adopted a lifestyle called clean eating. All this means is eating food in its purest form: minimally processed, whole foods. The smaller the ingredients list, the better. It also means lean proteins, whole grains, and not consuming anything refined (flour, sugar, etc). This results in many foods being made from scratch (at least in my household), so I know that it's made from whole-grain, healthy ingredients and there are no fillers added.
In addition to this, I am committed to buying all natural, preferably all organic, products. I have a 15 month old daughter who was colicky for four months of her life. She still has a VERY sensitive tummy. I am able to have her eat about 10 items safely without upsetting her very delicate stomach. If we deviate from these 10 things, usually it results in us being up much of the night with a very uncomfortable child. I have found that by switching to all natural or organic products we are able to avoid much of the tummy issues.
Unfortunately, I found that the more organic products I bought, the higher my grocery bill climbed. I went from spending about $70/week for two adults and one 15 month old to spending over $100/week on average. While it's well worth the extra money to have a happier daughter and for all of us to be healthier at the same time, I cringe every time I see my grocery receipt. I have heard it time and time again: It's more expensive to eat healthy. It's true, but I'm on a mission to find ways to make it more affordable.
This blog is to track my progress. I wasn't an English major and I'm sure I'll have grammatical errors here and there. I just wanted a place to write about my adventures in trying to juggle it all: be healthier, be a good mommy and wife, and save money while doing it all. I appreciate any feedback or comments and I want everyone who follows this blog to keep me accountable in my journey.
Happy blogging everyone and, as of today, I join the blogging community! :)