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Coupon Abbreviations
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  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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organic living a journey in saving money and living healthy, organic living journey

The following is a series we will have once a week, written by Amy one of the helpers behind the scenes of Southern Savers.  Join us each week as we follow her families journey to healthy eating on a budget.

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I like junk food.  A Lot.  Back in the day, I would have an Oatmeal Creme Pie and Mountain Dew for breakfast.  Yeah, hello sugar.  But over the last 15 years, things have been changing for me one baby step at a time.  Now, I am actually one of those crazy homeschooling moms who bakes her own bread (and yes, I even grind my own wheat).  Truth be told, it took me over a year of baking my own bread before I started eating it.  Everybody else in my family loved it, but I didn’t.  I share all that to say, wherever you are in your eating habits, you aren’t going to be judged by me!

Last week, I watched a documentary called, “Fresh.”  I have always been intrigued by movies that talk about where our food comes from, but my terror at really knowing has surpassed my intrigue.  So, I hadn’t ever watched them.  Ignorance is bliss, right?  Well this documentary challenged me in big ways to rethink the way I shop.  I have played the savings game and have saved lots of money.  We have eaten relatively healthy as a family, but I’d like to do more.  I want to be a better steward of the earth.

I don’t consider myself a hippie.  (You might disagree!)  I’m just a suburban housewife, and I want to think differently about how I shop and what my family is consuming.  So, I was wondering if you would like to journey with me?  I want to learn how to take baby steps to rework our spending in such a way that I am using the limited resources that we have each week to be invested wisely in sustainable farming and better food for my family.  Each week, I am going to take one thing (like eggs, syrup or produce) and learn about the different kinds and how to get the biggest bang for my buck while still being faithful to what I say is important.

We might have different reasons for our journey.  You might want to avoid all chemicals.  You might have food allergies in your family that are causing you to rethink how you shop (in the interest of full disclosure, we have soy, dairy and peanut allergies in ours).  You might be concerned about your carbon footprint.  Knowing what is most important to you in your decision making about household items will help you determine whether it is worth it to spend $5 more per gallon of milk or not.  So, why don’t we all start there?

What is your motivation to shop differently?

And while we are at it, why don’t we all agree that this is going to be a safe place for our corner of the internet?  Can we all agree that each of us is doing the best we can with what we have been given?  Can we give each other the benefit of the doubt and some grace?  I would love for this series to be a place for all of us to be encouraged, and I want to learn from you.  I’m not an expert here.  Just a fellow sojourner.

    • Lisa

      My husband and I have been talking about this lately.  I can’t wait to see what you have to share!

    • Missdtea

      Thanks for adding this.
       I think a lot of us will be interested in having this added to your site.
      We can all benefit in some way from this.

    • Dksteng

      Join a CSA group (Community Supported Agriculture)!  grassfedcow.com

    • PLCUSC

      I think this will be a GREAT addition. Couponing is rather limited for me because I am very picky about what my family and I eat.  I look forward to seeing what you have to share.

    • Kristy

      This could not come at a better time! I have been tossing around the idea of incorporating the clean eating lifestyle in my home but just wasn’t sure where to start. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!

    • Lelia Parker

      Wow! I have no interest in organic foods or anything like that, but this was so well written and thought provoking it actually kinda made me tear up!  Seriously.  And it made me think a bit. I will look forward to reading more!

      • amysanders

        thanks, lelia!  i appreciate the kindness!

    • Aastrick

      I am totally all about chemical free living but I am also about saving money on my grocery bill for our family. So thank you for your willingness to branch out in this direction and learn how we can save on organics and free range meats as well. I am eager to learn.

    • Kathykcarver

      This is great! I can’t wait to read it each week. I too have been thinking about what I put in front of my family. And like the idea of taking small steps.

    • DianneL

      Love your gracious attitude! We have had a huge garden for the last few years, and there’s nothing quite so tasty as homegrown, even if you have to go find a local gardener. His prices will probably beat grocery prices, too. 
      Thanks for starting this conversation!

      • amysanders

        i think being gracious is KEY in talking about this with friends, don’t you?

        • DianneL

          Yes, it is!
           

    • Sasha

      I’m very excited about this series. Over the past couple years I’ve changed what we buy to include more organic and natural products, but it can be expensive so I’d love some tips. I also grind my own wheat to make bread :)

    • Sasha

      I’m very excited about this series. Over the past couple years I’ve changed what we buy to include more organic and natural products, but it can be expensive so I’d love some tips. I also grind my own wheat to make bread :)

    • Thank you. I have been eating clean for years and it has always been a challenge to find coupons for the foods we eat.  I can tell you I have gotten pretty good at using the $5 off coupons to lower my bill, It is like getting 2 lbs of Organic peaches free when they are on sale!  Makes me feel so good.  I look forward to seeing some of the places you find coupons and to share ideas with you.   Broke my heart the day my Publix stopped taking Whole Food coupons :(
      Way to step up for the family and their health! You rock!

      • amysanders

        thanks!  i love those $5 off coupons too!!!

    • Thank you. I have been eating clean for years and it has always been a
      challenge to find coupons for the foods we eat.  I can tell you I have
      gotten pretty good at using the $5 off coupons to lower my bill, It is
      like getting 2 lbs of Organic peaches free when they are on sale!  Makes
      me feel so good.  I look forward to seeing some of the places you find
      coupons and to share ideas with you.   Broke my heart the day my Publix
      stopped taking Whole Food coupons :(
      Way to step up for the family and their health! You rock!

    • Jessica

      So excited about this! :) Let the journey begin!

    • Michelle B.

      As an animal welfare advocate, I have been committing myself to going completely organic, but as others have said some things can be expensive (especially meat!) This is going to be a great addition to southern savers and I look forward to reading more. I have found that eating more natural and healthy foods has not only made me healthy, but my husband and I have lost weight easily as well. I have secretly been hoping to see The Fresh Market sales/couponing appear on SS, as it’s been my new favorite place to shop for healthy and organic food ;) I think there have been a lot more opening in the south too!

    • MIssy

      Oh am I ever so glad you posted this. I have been fretting and praying that God would help. So He was listening :) I don’t feel that I’ve been saving a lot with coupons, b/c most of them are for junk, and I myself am a junk food junkie too. I’ve been watching what I eat and exercising and have lost 30 lbs. But we also eat organically, which can be expensive. We have a daughter who is lactose intolerant, so not only do I pay $6 for a gallon of our milk, I then have to buy her “special” milk at aut $3+ .. I am not a good planner or figure it outer. So I desperately need help.   I’m so excited.

      • amysanders

        so it’s your fault i felt so prompted to do this!  :)  i am excited to journey with you and figure this out together!  can’t wait to learn with this great community!

        • MIssy

          Yes it could be  :) 

    • Cdjones

      I am also very excited about this series. Over the past couple years I’ve changed what we buy to limit chemicals and be more whole foods. I have even started making my own bread as well. I am looking forward to maybe seeing post about buying bulk whole foods in the south, for some reason that is a major challenge on a budget in North Central Florida.

      • amysanders

        what bulk foods are you most wanting to purchase?

        • Cdjones

          Right now I am looking at dried beans (black, pinto, northern), oats (steel cut and rolled),  and raw honey. I already buy sugar, flour, yeast, cheese, and rice in bulk from Sams’. There just do not seem to be any local (by that I mean south east , not just Florida, resources for  25 to 50 pounds of drie goods.

          • lana

            Here is a site that may help you locate bulk foods retailers.
            http://www.discoverbulk.com/

          • MIssy

            I live in south east georgia and have found the same true here.  I have found a local CSA I am interested in but don’t know if it’s organic.  But curious about the same thing you are saying…

          • Cdjones

            Long term I would also like to find bulk wild or brown rice and hard wheat to grind myself. But right now shipping cost prohibit that option. We grown our own meat and have a large garden, but bulk dry goods are proving harder to access on a budget.

          • Cdjones

            Long term I would also like to find bulk wild or brown rice and hard wheat to grind myself. But right now shipping cost prohibit that option. We grown our own meat and have a large garden, but bulk dry goods are proving harder to access on a budget.

          • amysanders

            i’m a part of a co-op where i can get bulk oats and the likes.  i’ll do some research and see if they can head your way!

    • CYR

      I do grow an organic garden although I do not purchase organic foods at the market.  Growing an organic garden is relatively inexpensive but organic foods at the market are not.  We have our own hens also.  I am more interested in being more self sustaining for enviromental and financial reasons than necessarily for the chemical/nutritional.  Whatever the reason, I am looking forward to this new series.

      • amysanders

        oooooo, i so want hens!!!

    • uclady

      We are also growing some of our own food organically and this series is very exciting. Thank you for sharing!

    • I love it we !!!! have almost stopped couponing cause of all the bad stuff in the pre packaged  food we are just using the coupons for soap etc we just eat fruit vegs and lean meat so glad you are doing this we could all use so healthy in our life :) and we planted a big garden and it has been so hot and dry it is just about fried I’m also a junk food junkie and can’t buy junk food and keep it in the house would love some tips and help to eat better

    • Happymommy3

      I am so excited about this new series. I have been trying this last year to improve how my family eats. I can’t wait to learn from others how to get better. I would love to get a recipe for homemade bread.

      • amysanders

        everything i’ve learned about making bread, i learned from bread beckers.  they have awesome video tutorials!  check it out here:  http://www.breadbeckers.com/store/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=201

    • I would like to make my own bread as well and any one make there own peanut butter ? etc ??

      • Ange13084

        Peanut butter is super easy to make, just dump dry roasted peanuts into a cuisinart or other food processor and process until its the consistency you like, occasionally scraping the sides. Put into a glass jar and keep in the fridge.

    • Jesstopher

      I think this is wonderful, I’m in! It can be overwhelming to change the way we eat and shop and I think this will be a great way to help everyone make changes they have been considering.

    • Theatlantablonde

      WOW. I’m LITERALLY at the same place as you! I just recently started the journey, and I feel a little overwhelmed… I want to change because I want to look at feel wonderful, lose a little weight, be a good example, and be a better steward of what God’s given me (body and possessions). Thank you, Jenny, for doing this for us!!!

      • Theatlantablonde

        Oh, and another great documentary is Forks over Knives. http://www.forksoverknives.com

        • amysanders

          Is it depressing?? I want hope in my documentaries. :)

          • Kimboone123

            YEAH!  I’m in the ATL area, so I can’t WAIT to hear what you have to say…let’s help each other!!!

            • amysanders

              have you discovered the dekalb farmer’s market yet??  amazing!

            • Katgerdes

               Where is tha? I am in Rome ga and need a good market…but am willing to drive if its worth it :-) katgerdes@aol.com

            • amysanders

              it is a hike.  i think you would lose every ounce of your savings in gas.  it would probably take you over an hour and a half to get there depending where you live in rome.  i went to berry, as a side note.  fond, fond memories of good, ole’ rome!

      • amysanders

        don’t you love Jenny’s support of this!  and if you are in the atlanta area, you get a bonus because i’m doing all of my research here in the ATL!!

    • rh

      l have  large garden this year. I made my own laundry detergent for the first time today. Please teach this poor stay at home mom how to do more with less. Thanks!

      • amysanders

        let me know how your laundry detergent turns out!  i used to make my own, but it wasn’t the best recipe (it left spots on my clothes that looked like grease spots!!)  i’d love it if your recipe turns out to be a good one!

        • Elisabeth

           I just started making my own and love it.  I use 1 bar octagon, 1 cup borax and and 1 cup washing soda with about 2 gallons of water…works great!

      • Nlcava1977

         Do a web search for homemade household cleaners & one of the most popular combinations is baking soda/vinegar.  I just started using this combo a couple months ago.  Not only is it cheaper & healthier than using chemicals… it works SO much better!  So far we’ve unclogged dishwasher & drains, effortlessly cleaned toilet bowls & bathroom floors, scoured & deep cleaned with this combo.  Can’t beat it.  You can follow recipes or just do like I do & splash vinegar around, sprinkle with baking soda, scrub & rinse.  Beware of the reaction.  The first time, my husband mixed it in a small cup & it was everywhere.

    • Reedross

      So glad to see this……… we just really started to change the way we shop and eat and my grocery bill has sky rocketed!  

      • amysanders

        mine too!!  gone are the days of a counter full of groceries for $40!!

    • yeahisaiditso

      Thank you for this new series!  We are not hippies by any stretch but also are pretty organic, local, make it by scratch more and more with each day!  Would love thoughtful new ideas on how to continue on our path in a cost conscious way!

    • You know, I was a weekly couponer, visiting this website every Tuesday afternoon to see what I would buy at Harris Teeter for the week.  Then a farmer’s market opened in my neighborhood, and I tried to do as much shopping there as possible.  I now find myself running out of toiletries and such because I’m never at a grocery store.  And while the produce isn’t always labeled “Organic,” I’m able to talk to the growers who can usually tell me that no chemicals are used on the produce (certifying a farm to be organic is expensive).  In the end, I’m spending less on my groceries.  And since I volunteer at my market, some of the sellers give me discounts or the occasional freeby!

    • Lauren

      Glad to see this! My family has been milling for a few years now and we try to buy as much organic and all natural as we can. It can get pricey because we have found to get a good deal on things like meats, cheeses and even honey you have to buy in bulk from a farmer. The food is amazing and the way my family feels is even more worth it. We are just struggling with getting in the habit of saving up for the big purchases =) 

      • amysanders

        the bulk purchases kill me too!  trying to learn how to save up for them as well!  (right now, income tax refunds go into savings and we dip into that throughout the year to pay for the big purchases)

    • katkoupon

      Excited about this as well! My family and I have been cleaning up our diets over the past year. We have been slowly, but steadily, learning about where our foods are coming from and how all this processed stuff is affecting our health. I barely coupon at the grocery store any more, most my coupons are spent at the drugstores and sharing those deals with others. My grocery bill has tripled in the past year, but we are also saving money in a lot of other unexpected areas of our budget. For example, we eat out less than once per month, no fast food, no junk food. I prepare all meals at home and from scratch. My cabinets are almost bare, my fridge and freezer very full. By eating “cleaner”, we spend less on health products because we haven’t needed medicines for headaches, heartburn, sinus/allergy, etc. We are attempting our first garden, we started with a small container garden, and have only gotten a few things there, so we mostly get our organic produce through a local CSA, found through LOCALHARVEST website. We also buy most our meats from a local farmer who raises grass-fed and pastured animals. We purchased a Meat Share and are saving a significant amount of money that way. We found this meat farmer through the EATWILD website. I also shop Costco to save on bulk items like nuts/butters, other meats, and produce, and I buy a few other things online. I do try to save where I can as well, so we can eat as healthy as we can! I think our food is a big investment in our health and our futures! Without aiming for it, my family and I have found ourselves on a Paleo lifestyle, eating as little processed foods as possible, reducing toxins in our diets and personal care products (google Cosmetic Database). And in this process, I have lost 75 lbs! It really hasn’t been that difficult, either. People assume I don’t eat and am on some strict “diet”, but truth is, I love eating this way, I love how I feel eating this way, and I eat plenty! I just started choosing nutrient-dense foods instead. I think I’ve watched every food doc on netlfix, too, Food Inc is another good one. Looking forward to this series, thank you!

    • Rachee17

      I am right where you are!  Thanks for doing this Jenny.  We want to eat clean, but its not easy.  This gives me confirmation that I can do it!

    • Thank you for this column, as I will look forward to it.  My husband and I had almost stopped eating out and fast food but have found ourselves digressing (and putting on the pounds).  Four years ago I made all of our bread and prepared all of our meals (with rare exceptions) at home.  It was a very positive lifestyle for us.  Hoping to regain our former healthier lifestyle while enjoying your column

    • I am really looking forward to this series!!  Thanks for all you do!

    • I am really looking forward to this series!!  Thanks for all you do!

    • Houseofjoy2000

      YES! YES! YES!  I want to feed my family more healthfully and more responsibly, but so often I feel like I’m spending more money for less taste.  I’m looking forward to not learning from a pro, but someone who’s trying to figure it out right along with me.  :)

      • amysanders

        good!  that gives me hope…because i am FAR from an expert!

    • Azwildcat2001

      I’m so glad you are doing this….I’ve been trying to take our family on a more organic, whole-food journey myself. As I was telling my chiropractor just the other day, eating this way is really expensive. Any tips to at a Whole Foods diet on a Wal-Mart budget would be greatly appreciated!

      • amysanders

        love that!  a whole foods diet on a walmart budget is right where i am at too!!

    • Sarah

      Exciting!!! I have recently discovered the different chemicals in our food. I want my family to eat less chemicals & I am so surprised to find that almost everything has something dangerous in it. This is going to be great!!! :)

    • Shweetie23

      I am so excited that you are doing this! I’ve started eating organic a couple of years ago after my daughter was born. I only buy organic milk and meats but it takes a toll on the wallet! So excited to learn how I can save money and still buy what I think is the right thing to eat!

    • Couponashli

      This excites me to no end!

    • ZJ

      I’m very excited to learn with you guys!  I’m in the same boat as many of you…I’ve been a couponer for several years now but in the past year, I’ve really cut down on what I get at the grocery store to meats, nuts & produce.  I’ve even started making my own bread (still not sure how to properly store it…any suggestions??).  I’m to the point where I feel like I can’t trust what’s in my food.  It frightens me that we put our health in the hands of corporations who are trying to make a profit.  Needless to say, I’m ready to make sense of  eating 100% natural foods.

    • Carrie H

      I am very excited about this. My husband and I jumped head first into couponing about one year ago and it has been great. At first there was great excitement from getting things we always bought cheaper and finally being able to buy things we never felt we could afford before. The only issue is so much of it is processed foods. I have never been that great at making stuff from scratch, but i have definitely gotten worse. Now that the packaged products are so cheap and easy, it is hard to resist. Our family is in great need of healthier solutions. However, it is hard to make that transition after getting use to saving so much now.
      I would love to learn how to eat healthier without breaking the bank with you guys. Thank you so much for bringing this opportunity to all of us!!

    • Teecoleman

      I too am very excited for this series. I was all into the couponing but have recently had a fight with infertility and had to change my eating habits to more whole and healthy foods. These foods are not cheap, but I am learning more and more that there are coupons for them and a lot of the grocery stores offerand abundunce of options. Thank you for coming at the right time with this series.

    • Amanda C

      This is soo very exciting for me! I have been an avid couponer for more than 3 years now, and have fallen into the processed food trap. My niece has been on a food challenge with her family of not eating anything processed and has lost 3 pant sizes! I am excited to learn and hopefully share some of our experiences as well. 

    • Kristin

      So looking forward to reading this series each week. Awesome!

    • Momtotwo

      This is great. My family just made it big commitment to change our eating and exercise habits. We have started buying organic milk and what a difference in the taste. Next I started buying the nitrate free ham and turkey. I feel better feeding that to my child. Yes it is more expensive. Now we drain that milk cup to the last drop. We said we would make one change at a time to get started. I need advice on what to do on this journey. I want my family to feel better and have more energy. I will be waiting for this post each week. Thanks!

    • nkygirl21

      I have lupus and I tried to eat healthier but I just never could stick to it. I always felt like I was throwing away all the fruit and veggies I bought which were expensive since I was buying the organic kind. I am excited about this and can’t wait to see what people post!

      • Molas

        I too have Lupus and find eating organic and staying away from as many chemicals as possible really makes me feel better…what ever better means, you know what I mean…LOL.

    • Slateroaks

      I am in and am so excited about your timing. Our family has gone back and forth and I feel the extra encouragment will help us stay where we need to be. We have a child with a diagnosed gluten allergy and have learned so much along the way. I will be looking forward to you posts Amy! Thanks for allowing us to follow your journey!!

    • Risa

      It’s so great to see all these people who want to eat healthier. I need people like that in my life :)  You feel so much better when you eat clean and yes it can be more expensive, but cancer and other diseases are even more expensive. So the way I look at it, I either pay now or later.

      I’ve basically eaten healthy but I have learned how to eat even cleaner and thus we feel even better. More energy and less ailments. I haven’t been sick in over two years. 

      Planning is one thing that has helped me, and shopping the sales and farmer’s markets.  I went to a farmer’s market this winter and got this gigantic head of mustard greens for $3, while that may seem expensive, it was huge and organic and my husband and I got several meals out of it. 

      I tend to go shopping a lot, which I know many people don’t have time for, but that way your fruits and veggies don’t go bad before you eat them so you’re not wasting your money if you’re buying good produce. I hate having to throw out food :(

      I’m always looking for more suggestions. Looking forward to your posts.

    • lana

      We have been making changes slowly at our house.  We are empty nesters so we don’t have kids asking for processed foods but we still like them  :) I am finding that many good for us foods taste amazing though.  Raw honey is this weeks’ discovery.  We have been shopping more and more at Trader Joes but it is 20 miles away. 

    • Chenaultann

      yay i am so happy you are doing this :)

    • Evanskeep

      I love that you are doing this. I can not wait to read more!

      We avoid processed foods, eat real food, and try to buy local and in season. This was spurred on by our own personal beliefs and then pushed further when food allergies sprung up with our toddler. After a lot of reading I am more aware and sensitive to what we consume. Not only for health but to teach our children what actual food is all about.

    • Evanskeep

      I love that you are doing this. I can not wait to read more!

      We avoid processed foods, eat real food, and try to buy local and in season. This was spurred on by our own personal beliefs and then pushed further when food allergies sprung up with our toddler. After a lot of reading I am more aware and sensitive to what we consume. Not only for health but to teach our children what actual food is all about.

    • Jamie_dunson

      Yes, yes, yes, I just wrote Jenny about how I could save on organic. She gave me some good info although we only have the Fresh Market, Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walmart down here in FL. This would be much appreciated on how to save better. I just watched some documentaries myself and was greatly disgusted on how the cows and chickens were treated at the farms. It was a real eye opener!!!!! Thanks alot Amy

    • MJ

      Well said!  Love reading and learning from a “real” person.  Looking forward to reading more!  It sounds like a lot of people are baking their own bread.  Is that because it’s so much cheaper or for the health benefit?  Any info to get me started is appreciated.  Thanks!!

      • I don’t think there’s one set reason for why people make their own bread. My first step into baking was with pita bread, and it was because I couldn’t find any inexpensive pita bread that I really like. After making pitas a few times I realized that it’s EASY to make bread, even if you don’t have a bread maker or fancy equipment!

        If you’re interested, whatever the reason is, try it!

      • Barbara

        I started making my own breads, muffins, etc. with freshly ground flour when I heard of all the health benefits. I was expecting my 5th child, homeschooling 3 of them and potty training a toddler at the time…with that said-anyone can do it! I later realized the benefits of cost as well. Not only of the food but far less visits to the doctor and less money spent on cold/flu meds! Also, the flavor of home baked foods with fresh flour is out of this world!

      • amysanders

        it is cheaper and can be significantly healthier.  if you are interested, i’d recommend checking out bread becker’s website.  they have tons of great video tutorials (and their getting started video, while super long, is great information about the health benefits).

    • Lmoore77

      So looking forward to this!!  I began grinding my wheat and making my own bread (as well as other items) the first of the year.  I have loved it!  I also organize an organic produce coop where we get produce every other Monday.  It has been awesome as well.  Anyone interested in doing this I will be glad to share.  It’s in the Southeast states.

      • Katgerdes

         Very interested, we live in Georgia. Please email me katgerdes@aol.com  :-)

      • Dforlaw

        I am interested In more info on a produce coop. I am also in Georgia. Thanks! Danielle dforlaw@gmail.com

      • Dforlaw

        I am interested In more info on a produce coop. I am also in Georgia. Thanks! Danielle dforlaw@gmail.com

    • Molas

      I am very excited to see this.  I try to tell my friends about eating better and couponing so this will be a welcome resource.  We have a small yard in the Texas heat and have a small garden to grow organic.  We also plant across the back of our fence vine plants like cucumbers, melons, squash etc.  They have pretty flowers and most people don’t even know they are vegetables.  We even use the areas under our trees in the front yard to grow cantalopes.  Water can be a daily chore but I have grown to like it because it is so much less expense to grow your own.  Once you start a garden you will be able to share too.  Thanks for helping me to continue to learn and share.  Great article!!

    • Dbat

      Im so excited to follow your journey! Eating healthy and doing it on a budget started for me with the birth of my first child 13 years ago. Now the mom of three I’m even more aware of our families health and carbon footprint.  Being able to address these concerns on a budget proves to be difficult at times and I look forward to learning more about makng my dollars count! Thnak you

    • Laurake11

      I’m really excited you started this. Have been interested in organic, but never knew how important it was until recently. You all should read Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau. It’s a real eye opener. Ignorance is Bliss, but it can hurt you to be that way. Thanks again for starting this journey.

    • momof3

      I would love to hear your thoughts on how to grow produce in the winter…One of the word offenders with the chemicals is the produce…

      • Mdkerestes

        One way to way to have organic fruits and veggies in the winter is to can and freeze your own while they are in season.

    • Tracy

      Can’t wait to read your posts on this subject!  I have been struggling with this myself.  We are super organic and trying to eat mostly whole foods.  It’s so expensive.  Looking forward to this column!  Thank you!!!

    • TInd

      Dear Amy,

      Your story sounds just like mine… except for the homeschooling mom, kids, husbands, etc part.  I’m currently a single grad student and trying (with the help of Southern Savers!) to help make ends meet.  Over the past several years, I gone from eating candy and junk food all the time to cooking and baking my own meals.  It’s certainly been a journey to discover my inner cook and I love being creative in the kitchen. 

      However, over the past year, I’ve become more careful about what I buy at the store.  Although, with the help of SS, I’ve been able to save a lot of money, I try to purchase items that are either organic, all-natural or a product of sustainable farming.  It’s true that I end up spending more on my groceries than if I buy the cheapest option, but I truly believe that, in the long run, it will be healthier for me.  For example, several months ago, I bought some organic milk that was on sale at Publix (Orig. ~$5, After sale and coupons $2.29… not cheap, but not as expensive as before).  My parents were in town visiting and my mom tried a little bit of the milk.  Usually, she can’t drink milk and we thought that, over the past couple of years, she developed lactose-intolerance.  But the milk didn’t affect her at all!!!  In fact, she consumed that milk almost every day during her visit and she couldn’t stop mentioning how great it was to be able to drink milk again!  We realized that the quality of the product really does matter!

      However, most of what I’ve learned, I’ve sort of fumbled around and figured out on my own.  So, I think this series will be wonderful and so educational.  I look forward to seeing what you learn and will be following you closely.  Good luck!  And thanks for doing this!

    • mimsyy

      Amy, I am looking forward to many articles from you to come.  I have a husband and three year old and have also been taking steps toward healthier eating the past few years and trying to save money at the same time.  The topic you’re writing about is on pointe for many moms these days.

    • Snowski824

      This sounds really interesting! Looking forward to it! 

    • BeccaC7

      The genetically modified foods REALLY scare me and they are everywhere at the store.  I don’t like the thought of eating things that may interfere with my DNA (pesticides).  The fruit and veggies that I can’t peel, I buy organic.

    • natalie

      I am on board! Looking forward to reading your articles. I have couponed here for a while, but we are moving more toward vegan eating. Huge wallet shocker!!

    • Tmanhollan

      I am so excited for this. Every week I feel like I’m trying to justify (to myself) the cost of eating organic. I appreciate you sharing.

    • Nicolemomof3

      Amen! I am so excited for this series. I have been on this same journey for about 4 years now and my husband reluctantly joinged me at first, but through time and education is now a full supporter. I also struggle with fitting organic eating into our budget, especially meat, which to me is the most important. I would recomment anyone who wants more information on why it’s important to consider this way of eating to watch Food Inc. and Farmaggedon(sp?). They are both great documentaries that expose and explain how the production of our food is so harmful not only to our bodies, but the American Farmer. Can’t wait for this series!

    • Thanks, Amy! I look forward to your posts. Please keep posting in full feed through RSS. Thanks!

    • Jessie S

      Thank you for starting this! I look forward to reading your posts and learnin how to do this on a very fixed budget (something I have even wanting to do but didn’t know how to or where to start).

    • Donna

      Yes, thank you.  I’m excited about this.  It’s going to be fun, educational and so very important to me.

    • Jessi

      I, like you, just jumped into this entire, organic, whole foods, less dairy, no processed food realm…and wow am I overwhelmed! I am so glad you are doing this and I will definetly be following you! Looking forward to being a fellow sojourner…

      • amysanders

        it is overwhelming, isn’t it!?!  so much to learn.  that’s why i’m trying to take it one thing at a time.  i’m less likely to give up that way!

    • Cher

      oh so excited about that I have watched all of the documentaries and have been down right frightened by what my family is consuming. I am so excited to see that others are really trying to live the way God intended when He created food, getting back to the “original” plan and purpose of food the healthy way and being a good steward so ready!!! Thanx

    • Cher

      oh so excited about that I have watched all of the documentaries and have been down right frightened by what my family is consuming. I am so excited to see that others are really trying to live the way God intended when He created food, getting back to the “original” plan and purpose of food the healthy way and being a good steward so ready!!! Thanx

    • Jeanjoiner

      Amy,
      Hi friend!  I remember those Mtn. Dew days! :)  You should totally listen to this podcast:http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/06/07/you-eat-what-you-are-pt-2-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/.  It’s really helped me think twice about whether it’s more important to buy local or organic.  I’ll have to check out Fresh.  Thanks for pinning these posts…that’s how I saw them. :)
      Jean

      • amysanders

        jean, i’ll check it out.  :)