Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you. We got hit with a nasty game changer on Friday. There is major upheaval in our life for the foreseeable future.
We will live off of our food storage and the only grocery money I will be spending is on fresh produce. There will be no room for organic in the budget, unfortunately.
So, how do you make buying choices when you’re strapped so tight you can’t consider organic? You shop the low-pesticide produce items that are in season.
The Environmental Working Group regularly tests the pesticide levels of fruits and vegetables and puts out a report that has the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. The produce is peeled, washed or otherwise treated as you normally would prepare it before eating, then they test each piece. They also have a complete list of all the produce tested, so you can look up other items.
The only exception I make to their list is corn. Because almost all conventional dent corn is GMO and I haven’t yet seen a straight answer as to whether or not sweet corn is included, I choose to only buy organic. Because corn is a grain, we only choose to eat it on rare occasion, even when it is organic.
So this week, we will be sticking to cabbage, onion, sweet potato, cauliflower, banana and broccoli. As much as I love kale and potatoes, we will not get them unless the salvage has organic for the same price as conventional or less. That does happen occasionally. The salvage also occasionally carries bags of frozen, organic produce for $1 a bag, so I will pick up some if they have it this week.
When your grocery budget gets tight or you have an unexpected financial event, where do you cut?
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