Last week I released my first meal plan as a free download for anyone signing up for my mailing list. The meal plan has a page devoted to getting started with the plan but that is necessarily brief, so I wanted to share a few more thoughts with everyone on how best to work the [read more …]
Buying organics is expensive, right? Everyone knows that. Talk to anybody and they’ll tell you that. It’s one of the big reasons that healthy diets are perceived as way over the top expensive. Well beyond the reach of average work-a-day folks like us. Now, organics are not the be all and end all of healthy [read more …]
Let’s talk potatoes shall we? The lowly dietary staple that everyone and his brother runs down as the unhealthiest thing ever. So simple, so ordinary we use it to describe lazy people ( couch potatoes ) or plain eaters ( meat and potato kinda-guy ). That potato.
Let’s just say straight out of the gate that I adore potatoes in just about any form. And I firmly disagree with any notion that they are unhealthy in any way. That isn’t what I want to talk about today. Nope, not at all. I want to talk about the processing of good healthy food into stuff that isn’t as healthy and costs a mega-truckload more to buy using the lowly potato as an example.
If you are on a budget you have probably noticed that the amount of food you can buy with your budgeted dollars is shrinking. Each month you’re getting just slightly less food than you did the prior month. Twelve months of slightly less food adds up to a sizeable reduction in how far your food budget goes each year. This has been going on for many years now and most of us are feeling the pinch most acutely. And by us I don’t just mean people trying to get processed food out of their families lives. I mean everyone.
We’re wrapping up our six week foray into Costcoland here on Granny’s Vital Vittles! I feel I’ve learned a lot about the store and what they have. I’ve been pretty impressed overall. While organics or real food are clearly a small percentage of what they have on the shelves it still adds up to enough food and enough savings to make the trip worthwhile.
What jumps out at you when you first arrive at Costco? There’s the crowds, the TVs at the entrance, and the pallets of mostly processed junk food near the door. There’s all the clothes and the books, the luggage and appliances. It’d be very easy to get the impression that there’s no real food to be found here. But if you keep walking …
What stores is it safe to trust? Many find this the really pertinent question when it comes to choosing where to shop. They have good feelings about one store over another. They ask themselves if the stores buyers do a good job vetting companies products? Do they ensure that the products on their shelves are what they say they are?
Over the next few weeks I plan to explore the shelves of Costco to find what foods are available and if they are in fact a significant savings over local food sources, Amazon.com, Sprouts and Natural Grocers and of course local grocery stores. I’ve already made my initial run! I was encouraged by what I found, but my memory of exact prices at these others stores is a bit weak.