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Let Me Help You With That Iced Coffee

Venti quad low-fat iced vanilla latte. That’s my poison. Drive up. Straight out the window, I drop my six dollar tithe to St. Arbucks. Yeah…you know what I’m talking about. You know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. It’s the over-priced-can’t-do-without-gimme-gimme-gimme coffee drinks that we’re all so familiar with. The ones we wish someone would deliver…

A Slice of Organic Life – Rainwater Barrels

Did you know: If you leave a sprinkler on for an hour, it can use the same amount of water that a family of four normally uses in two days? Outside watering during the hottest part of the day can mean that 90% of the water evaporates? Up to 70% of the water demand on…

Affording Organics: Discount Stores

Natural and organic food doesn’t always have to be found in the specialty health food shops. Sometimes they will pop up where you least expect them. During my “Affording Organics Series”, a reader in Pennsylvania sent me these pictures that I thought I would share: She found these items at her local Big Lots store…probably…

How I Saved On Organics

Since I did a 7 part series on “Affording Organics” over the past few days, I thought it would be nice to post an example of how I put some of those tips into use. Don’t worry, I won’t be listing out all of my groceries and savings every week. I’ll save that for my…

Affording Organics Part 7: Plant a Garden Big or Small

Contrary to what you may believe, it doesn’t take a lot of space to grow organic vegetables in your own backyard. When one pictures a garden, rows and rows of green, lush plants may come to mind. If you have the time, money and energy, then yes. For the majority of us, a few plants…

Affording Organics Part 6: Lower Other Costs

One way to increase your organic grocery budget is to lessen your other household costs. You may look around and think, “what else can I possibly cut?” When you starting adding up little savings here and there, by the end of the month, they can turn out to be lots of savings. For example, do…

Affording Organics Part 5: Buy Local

Everywhere you turn, I’m sure you constantly hear the words “buy local, buy local, buy local.” Yes, okay, so you buy your products locally. Though, do you know WHY? Freshness: The simple answer is your food is going to be more fresh. When in season, I can drive north of town and buy corn on…

Affording Organics Part 4: Join or Start A Co-op

Are you familiar with Food Co-ops? In basic terms, it’s a group that you can join where you order organic, natural or allergy specific foods by the multiples or case. Within this group, you can split cases with other members along with getting a group discount. Personally, I joined one about 6 or 7 years…

Affording Organics Part 3: Make The Best Decisions

Butter: $3.00 lb. Organic Butter: $4.99 lb. Apples: $.69 lb. Organic Apples: $1.79 lb. Milk: $2.49 gallon. Organic Milk: $6.00 gallon With the price differences being so drastic, how does one make a justifiable decision on what groceries to purchase? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in the grocery store, with “regular”…

Affording Organics Part 2: Store Brands

Purchasing store brand organic food is a wallet friendly way to save on your healthy foods grocery bill. Many stores across the county have realized they need to offer a high quality organic alternative to the mainstream branded products. Such items are significantly cheaper and just as tasty as the big brand names. My preferred…