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great post. it seems like expense is most peoples fear of eating local/organically/clean...but all in all its so worth it. $144 a week...you are faring well with that? i spend between 600-700$ a month on groceries for the three of us..mayeba challenge is what i need, haha.


Another blogger who did the challenge said the $144 was for a family of two. Where did you get that number. Is he high or you low. see http://madeater.blogspot.com scroll down a bit. love your sites.


Foodiemama, we usu. spend a little more too because we are buying extraneous, non-local things...like french cheese and italian prosciutto!

Lurker, if you click the pennywise link in the post, it shows you the budget. For my family of "2+" with 2 wage earners, we spend $144


I think your idea is interesting, and if I had more time and someone to help me, I might do that.

However, in thinking about what you said re: buying local, I am mentally driving through the area of Long Island I grew up in. When you say "buy Local" I assume you mean buy food that was grown locally, right?

I grew up doing our food shopping at the chain supermarket closest to our house (one of three in our town). We'd buy fruits & veggies at a farm up the road (okay, up two roads, but really close by). But that place has since closed, and no other locally grown places have taken their spot.

I have a bad feeling that buying locally is not something a lot of people can do, between having money and time. All those people who go food shopping at WalMart?

It's definitely something to keep in mind for me when food shopping - thanks for making me think.


When I lived in the Bay Area, my favorite grocery store was Cosentinos. I loved that it was local/family owned and very friendly. I paid a bit more than at Luckys/Albertsons, but it wasn't a huge difference in price and the quality of everything was much better.


I have been thinking about this lately as well. It is harder here in South Carolina, but this is the time that the great veggies are coming into season. I will have to head to our farmers market tomorrow!

Here is a book I read about recently. You maybe have seen it.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life--by Barbara Kingsolver(who wrote the Poisonwood Bible). She chronicles her family as they try to eat local.

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