Welcome to the October 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Ethical Shopping Choices This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they make purchasing choices.
|The view from the parking lot of the Amish market.|
As I drove up there last month to stock up, I started thinking about how much time and fuel I was spending on the trip and wondering if it was worth it. Here’s the breakdown:
- 49 miles one way for a total 98 miles round trip.
- I average 45 miles per gallon in my Jetta TDI (Turbo Diesel)
- Fuel cost was $3.94 per gallon
- The trip cost me approximately $8.59 in fuel plus an afternoon of my time which is hard to put a price tag on!
- 8 bags of organic Puffed Kamut cereal for .99 per bag, cost is $1.99 per bag at the natural food store in town so a total savings of $8.
- Six boxes of organic cereal $1.99 per box, at the natural food store $4.99 per box. Total savings of $18.
- Buying dried beans instead of canned
- Making homemade crackers
- Baking bread instead of buying from the bakery in town
- Buying blocks of cheese to shred and freeze in 2 cup quantities to use in recipes
- Making homemade cream of mushroom soup
- Making homemade yogurt
- Making homemade cream cheese
- Making our own trail mix
- Salvaging free wormy fruit to make and freeze applesauce
- Volunteering at the local community garden in exchange for a pile of produce
- Hunting for our meat (check out the Women in Hunting Series for more on this topic!)
- Making homemade chapstick
- Making and using wool dryer balls instead of buying dryer sheets
- Trading and bartering for things like produce and natural soaps
- Making homemade ice cream
- Canning, freezing, and dryingfruits and vegetables
- Making sourdough starter and using it for homemade breads, muffins, and snack foods
- Buying staple dry goods in large bulk quantities
- Not being shy about stocking up on a sale item! I often get funny looks when I check out with 8 tubes of organic toothpaste or 10 bags of cereal but when an item we use regularly goes on sale I stock up. The funny looks are worth the money it saves me by not having to buy at full price. Plus I only have to buy toothpaste 1-2 times a year!
- I just found out about a new local business called Big Sky Family Foods that delivers a box of fresh organic produce to your door every other week for $10-$15 less than the cost of buying it at the local health food store. They also sell bulk dry goods for lower prices and have free home delivery. We’re going to try this one out and compare the cost savings to shopping at the local natural food store and see if it really is worth it!
- Plant a larger garden next year (hopefully living on more property and off grid by then!) to grow and preserve even more of our food.
- Start making more homemade personal care items and homemade cleaning products like laundry soap and dish washer soap.
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