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Balancing Thrifty and All natural

We are a thrifty family. For many reasons, we are thrifty. To save money. Because things are so expensive. Because my husband works for the church. So we stay debt free. You name it, we have good reasons to scrimp and save.

We do not have a strict budget, but we do adhere to one. We do not have a lot of extravagant things. My father makes fun of our, non-HD, small, non-cable/fios/comcast TV when he comes to visit (I keep telling him if he wants us to have a bigger TV, he will have to get us one for Christmas (maybe this year!!) Most of our furniture is either second hand (that we got for free) or we bought on Craigslist (and with three boys, I see no reason to buy any furniture NEW . . . they are destructive!!). We buy most clothes at a Thrift store or on a major sale. And most of our boy's toys come from freecycle, the thrift store or someone else bought them for the boys. Even though we are thrifty, we never seem to want for anything. We are very blessed that way.

But the one area that I struggle with is food. Food is getting more and more expensive. I cringe when I get the total at the grocery store. I try to buy staple items and make most things from scratch. My BIL is a Dr and he tends toward the natural . . . he knows a lot and knows too much about the additives in conventional chickens, milk, eggs, etc. Now, more is coming out in mainstream media about melamine found in milk, eggs, etc. If money were no object, I would be buying all organic everything. I want to feed my kids, good, healthy food.

So, I am torn. The thrifty part of me says to get the food we need the cheapest we can. The health conscious part of me is trying to figure out how we can drink less milk, start eating different foods, so that we can balance getting organic and all natural foods with our budget. So, in January I am going to start a new project. We are going to be buying through an all natural market and an Amish farmer to get most of the things we need that are organic/all natural. I am going to try buying most of our milk, etc this way and see if we can keep our food costs down.

This is a difficult balance. I will let you know how it turns out.

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  1. Oh do we know how to live like this...the days we tried to eat so healthy, but the expense killed us. I love the picture of the boys for your header!!!

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  2. We are going to try . . . we'll see how it goes.

    Thanks about the photo. I love it too!

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