We have been, as a family, trying to better our eating habits. And we have been doing fine and dandy. We have gotten rid of boxed cereal (save grapenuts, and puffed rice or wheat), and are losing our bottled salad dressings. I can't even think of any processed food we 'do' use. Yes, we have the occasional can bean, or box of pasta, but other than that we are eating pretty darned healthy.
So my my dilemma is this, do we give up our healthy eating lifestyle, just because we are pinching pennies. I mean have you compared a can of organic tomatoes to a can of regular tomatoes? And if you are a family who does not eat out, which we don't, at all, then all your money goes to the grocery bill. I am not complaining about not eating out, I can cook way better than many of those restaurants, and I can wear my slippers to the dinner table as well.
I know that cooking our own food is far better than eating out. No one would argue that fact, and if they do, they need to have their head examined. But again, where do you draw the line? Do you stop buying organic, do you start buying some processed foods, because you cannot afford the better items?
Some of the bloggers I have been reading have posted about deals from local supermarkets. Buy ones, get one frees. they are great deals, trust me, I know, I used to work at said grocery store, and my son and husband still does. but many, if not all of these BOGO deals are of processed foods. they are never on a can organic beans, or healthy style chips or bags of apples, it always junk style or less than quality food. I mean come on, Pop Tarts, got to be the ultimate junk food.
I will, for as long as I can, hold to my healthy guns and eat healthy, until I can no longer do so. Keep us in your thoughts.