Before we started changing up our diet, I had us budgeted for groceries at about $75 a week. It was pretty hardcore and we were often scraping by. Fast forward to my diagnosis of Adrenal Health Disease and things had to change.
It helped tremendously when Princess Daddy got a raise with his annual review but we had to move some money around in order to nearly double our budget for food. Eating clean has so many benefits but being cheap isn’t exactly one of them.
So once we made switches, the biggest task became finding the products we needed as cheaply as possible. For the most part we do this by shopping at Target, Trader Joe’s and ALDI. But it also means we hit our local Walmart on occasion.
There’s a lot of talk about Walmart. Many people will not shop there because of the way they treat employees or simply because they produce or import so many products overseas. I saw someone comment on a post once about the price of bananas. It was something like, “I’ll pay $0.59 a banana because I know that store isn’t using low wage immigrant workers, abusing employees with long hours or cutting corners with benefits or safety equipment.” We have found bananas as cheap as $0.19 for a POUND of bananas. We eat a good 10 bananas a week between the 5 of us so paying $1 vs $6 four times a month is a big deal on our budget.
Now let me say that we go to the farmers market every weekend. We love our locally grown produce. But there are some things we simply cannot get local (bananas being one of them.) I would love to be in a position one day to be more aware of our impact on the world by only shopping with companies that support our country, morally and monetarily but right now I am just trying to take care of my family. If this means using big box stores to save money so we can eat clean, then yes, we are going to do it.
So many people tell me they want to eat healthier but just cannot afford it. Just remember, it’s not all or nothing. You can eat organic, local food. Or you can eat organic, non local food. You can get organic frozen food even. It’s NOT all or nothing. Do the best you can. Lord knows we don’t need any extra judgment when we are trying to do the best thing for our families. And if it means your produce comes from Walmart, it’s okay.