posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 02:12 PM
Costs have grown substantially in the past 18 months in the northeast US. A gallon of organic milk is almost $6 now. Living in a city, without a
car, I shop online and have my groceries delivered for $12 once a month.
When they have a big sale, I stock up. Heck, I'm not carrying it! The delivery men would carry bags into my kitchen if I didn't insist they stop
at the front porch (I have three cats and would like to keep it that way). So I may buy a year's worth of canned tomatoes or pasta all in one
delivery if the sale is right.
I wish I could find coupons for food items that weren't either processed or containing GMO corn or soy, which seem to be in practically every single
processed food. I've always enjoyed cooking, but I cook everything now. I got a bread machine since all bread not coming from a bakery has soy
flour in it. And it makes nice pizza dough. I bake my own granola bars and all other sweets like brownies.
The cost of coffee is quickly becoming insane, and no matter how much I try, I'm just not a Maxwell House kind of girl. I like it organic and dark
and chocolatey. I'm starting my seeds now for my spring garden, and have a bunch of stuff I've wintered over so I can eat from my garden in the
next 6 or 7 weeks. Living in a city, direct sunlight and outdoor space are tough issues when gardening, so I make trade-offs. Instead of growing
tomatoes in the summer, I grow collard greens - substantially more output for the garden space and limited sunlight. I'm working on building a
vertical garden for one wall out back - that may expand my territory if I design it correctly.
But if you want decent food, you need time, storage space and hopefully a little outdoor space for gardening to do it anywhere close to cheap. And
cats who will eat a can of food that isn't Fancy Feast without clawing each others' eyes out in sheer frustration.