People often express surprise that someone as frugal as me would buy organic produce, organic dairy, or free-range eggs. But if you want to know how I do it, you need to look and see what is not in my grocery cart. There is very little packaged or precooked food.
As I was perusing the grocery store fliers this evening, I started comparing sale items ounce per ounce and pound per pound. If you apply a little “freakanomics” to your grocery basket, you will find you can afford healthier food.
At Safeway this week there are a couple of items on sale for $2.50:
16 oz. Ritz .156 per ounce $2.50 per pound
12 oz. Fig Newtons .208 per ounce $3.33 per pound
14.5 oz. Pop-tarts .177 per ounce $2.83 per pound
8.4 oz. Quaker Chewy Granola Bars .297 per ounce $4.76 per pound
In that same sales flier you can purchase:
5 lb. Box of Clementines for $4.99 or .0625 per ounce or $1.00 per pound
You can also buy cantaloupe for .49 a pound
or broccoli crowns for .79 a pound
But wait a minute you say, the above produce isn’t organic.
You’re right, I don’t want to force organics on you. But for fun, let’s visit Scolari’s where you can buy organic Pink Lady apples for .99 a pound.
And we can visit Raley’s where you can buy organic strawberries for $3.97 a pound. More expensive than the organic apples, but still less per pound than the Quaker Oats Chewy Granola Bars.
Or we could visit Savemart and buy organic spinach for $3.99 a pound.
Or Smith’s where we can buy organic Italian squash for $1.50 a pound.
How do I find money in my budget for organic milk at $5.68 a gallon? By skipping the juice and drinking water instead. Double what ever you pay for a 64 oz. container of juice and you will have it's price per gallon. You will probably be surprised to find you are paying close, if not more per gallon for juice than I am for organic milk!
How can I possibly afford $1.99 a pound for a whole free-range chicken? By seasoning meat from the spices in my cupboard rather than buying packaged seasonings for .69 – $1.29 an ounce, which on sale = $11.04 a pound!
How do you make room in your budget for real food?