I just want to clarify that I do understand it is harder to choose organic on a limited budget. I can't always get organic fruits and veggies but when they are on sale I definitely do.
I figure if I make a bunch of little good choices here and there my family is better off than not making any good choices at all.
I just did my grocery shopping today and I'm sad to say that not much is left for the rest of the month (you know, for my goal of setting aside a little each week for fresh fruit/veggies). Ugh.
We had to make a Sam's trip this month which I'd been putting off since the month before last and unfortunately that usually is a big chunk of change. Granted, those items last a while, but still, it takes a big bite out of the monthly budget.
So, I need to do a total from the grocery receipts to see where we are at. I will be so sad if there's not much, if any, left over to go to the Farmer's Market next week! So, that said, I am limiting my organic choices to dairy/eggs and any other organic item that happens to have a sale on it, especially combined with a coupon.
For example, at Meijer this week you can get Cascadian Farm cereal for 2.49 but you can also use a coupon for a $1 off making it $1.49. Not an amazing price for a box of cereal but not bad considering I don't have to worry about added junk like High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Again, I know I can't completely eradicate this additive from our diet, but when I can, I will. So, in summary, organic items will be eggs, milk and anything else with a coupon/sale.
To help save money you can also find a local farmer and purchase eggs there. That should be cheaper. The organic Eggland's Best eggs are 3.69 I think. I got them for 2.69 because my .50 coupon doubled. I found someone who will start having eggs available in the winter for $2-$2.50 a dozen (hopefully $2!!) so I plan to buy those.