How to Eat Organic on a Budget

People are often wrong when they assume that I spend tons and tons of money on my groceries.  The truth is I’m Frugal Fanny as some would call it.  I dont like to spend a lot of money.  Especially on groceries, but I also dont like to eat foods that have been genetically modified.

As many of you know, I switched to an organic non GMO eating lifestyle over the summer.  At first it was certainly an adjustment, I was spending like $600 a month on food between Whole Foods and Trader Joes…  Yea that got old real quick because I dont have the budget for that.  Many people shy away from eating organic because of the cost. I totally get that, however our health is extremely important and our bodies are temples and we should treat them as such.  While eating junk is ok on occaision (everything in moderation) we want to be sure we are putting healthy and non GMO/organic foods into our bodies to prevent having bad health and expensive health care in the future.




I have so many followers that tell me they can’t afford to eat organic but, guess what?  It doesn’t always have to be expensive to shop organic/non GMO.  Here are a few tips for changing your eating habits.

1. Do Your Research

Many grocery stores are taking notice of consumers wanting to eat more organic and non GMO foods.  Due to this, they are offering frequent sales and discounts on organic products.  Check the weekly circulars for your local grocery for promotional offers on organic and non GMO foods.

Look for coupons online for your favorite brands of organic products. Many companies offer downloadable and printable coupons for organic foods
Go to YouTube to get ideas for recipes and DIY snacks, which can also save you money because many of the snacks can be made with staple items you have in your home.

2. Travel For Food

When I grocery shop i go to numerous places on grocery day.   I Go to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Fresh World (International Grocery Store) and sometimes I even go to other chain grocery stores like Shoppers and Giant.  

Many international grocery stores offer grass fed and organic meats at a lower cost.  Be sure to read the label to see whether or not these meats are indeed organic.  When shopping at these markets, you can find inexpensive cuts of meat and poultry for low prices.  A few weeks ago I got a whole chicken for less than $3 and it was organic!

 Stores like Whole Foods often have sales and discounts on their meats, check with the butcher to see if they have any meats that are close to their expiration date for even more of a discount.

3.  Only buy what you need

Because organic products are not treated with any kind of preservatives they go bad quickly.   I recommend shopping weekly and only for the foods that you need for the week.  That way you are not over shopping and you are only buying what you need for the meals you have planned.  Which leads me to number 4.

4. Meal Plan!

Each week before I go to the grocery store, I make a list of the meals I plan to eat for the week.  I typically only make three meals each week and I make two servings of each meal so that I have enough for both lunch and dinner that week.  This keeps me from over buying food, stay on budget and it helps me to stay organized for my week since I

am extremely busy  I cook my meals on Sundays so that they are ready for me to grab and go for the week.

5.  Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

I’ve never been a picky eater but there are certain foods that I’ve never cared like even before having tried them.  When I modified my eating habits to eating organic, I was forced to try things I never thought of before like lentils.  I hated lentils previously, but after trying them I actually liked them especially when I pair it with spicy sausages.  

Many of the cheaper organic products like legumes (beans) and quinoa will have you step outside of your comfort zone and try out new things.  I’ve tried sweet potato hummus, taro chips, yucca and many other items because they were on sale and fit into my budget for that week.  Normally I probably would never have eaten those items but in order for me to maintain my lifestyle change I had to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things.

6. Find Local Farmers Markets


Local Farmers markets are an excellent way to stock up on your organic fruits and vegetables.  The USDA has a Farmers Market Directory which makes it easy to find markets in your area.

If you are in the DC/MD/VA area there are several Amish Markets in the area that provide organic meats and veggies.  My Favorite is the Dutch Village Market in Burtonsville.  Check out their ice cream pudding… thanks me later.

As I’ve stated before there are many benefits to eating organic.  Its definitely a lifestyle change but its so worth it. Of course if you have any questions about changing your lifestyle you can always reach out to me (myproductaddiction@gmail.com) and I would be glad to share what I know
 

Until next time lovies…
 

Her Name Was Lola…

Recently I watched a Youtube video from one of my FAVORITE YouTubers Vicky Logan.  She was going over her favorite products for the month of October, and one of the products she talked about was Lola.  Lola is a feminine product subscription service that delivers organic tampons.   Ok I know, you’re probably like what is an organic tampon???  Well… organic tampons are tampons that have not been treated with any chemicals like bleach.  They are made up of pure products that will not harm our bodies.   At first I thought…  “Hmmm this sounds like a ploy to get people to buy things they don’t need”.  But, after doing my research I realized bleach cotton does not sound very safe AT ALL!!!

I went to www.organiccotton.organd I was astonished at what I saw.  Bleached cotton can contain many chemicals that could be extremely dangerous.  Just take a look below:

Bleached cotton products have been known to contain:

  • ·         Heavy metals
  • ·         Formaldehyde
  • ·         Azo dyes
  • ·         Benzidine
  • ·         Chlorine bleach

If we wouldn’t want to consume these chemicals, why on earth would a woman want to insert these chemicals into her private areas?   After further research I found out even more disturbing information.

Using bleached cotton is suspected to cause:

·     
  •     Allergies
  • · Cancer
  • · Eczema

It also would not surprise me if there were more side effects that could be caused from using bleached cotton.
As you all know from my Instagram page and here, I have begun to develop a more organic lifestyle when it comes to the products I use in my home and the foods I consume.  Slowly I have started to transition from using chemicals and genetically modified items to using more natural products that have ingredients I know how to pronounce. This includes, feminine products, toilet paper, laundry detergent and skin care products.
The Lola brand offers safe organic feminine products for only $9 a month. They even have deal right now where you can get your first two boxes shipped together for only $9 and shipping is always free. 
For me the subscription service alone is perfect for someone like me.  I’m always super busy and I always seem to have to stop to get my products at the most inconvenient times.  Knowing that they will be in my mailbox right when I need them is perfect, and the fact that they are organic is an added bonus!  Think of it like Netflix for feminine care.  In fact I ditched my Netflix subscription just so that I could fit Lola into my budget.  Its more of a necessity for me than unlimited movies anyway!

I haven’t had a chance to try Lola yet, my first two boxes just arrived yesterday.  However, as soon as I try them out I will give a full review on what I think!
Until next time lovies!!!

Bargainista Chronicles: Coconut Oil Wonders

During one of my weekly trips to TJ Maxx… 


Wait before I start, let me just say how funny it is how our tastes change as we mature and get older.  When I was a kid, my mother would drag me to TJ Maxx EVERY SINGLE THURSDAY because that was when the one near our house got their weekly shipment.   I absolutely hated that store because it smelled like leather, and for some reason I hated the way leather smelled when I was a kid. 

Ok now back to my story.  So about a week a go I went to TJ Maxx… like I do every week.  I went looking for a birthday gift for someone but I stumbled up this beauty…
Sonoma Harvest Organic Coconut Oil from TJMaxx only $6

Ok so when I tell you I SCREAMED when I saw this!  Because not only is it probably the biggest jar of organic coconut oil I’ve ever seen, but it was also only $6!!!  Now granted it was on the clearance rack but who the heck cares a bargain is a bargain.  So me being the obsessive compulsive person that I am when it comes to products, I immediately (well not immediately about a week later) went to the TJ Maxx near my job to see if they had any and guess what!  I found two more jars of this same brand for $6.  But that wasn’t enough.. So I walked down the street to Marshall’s (TJ Maxx affilate) to see if they had it, and guess what they did!  But listen to this… it wasn’t on clearance It was $9.99  #byefelicia  so i left it right there on the shelf.  Hmph *flips imaginary Brazilian body wave*


Ok back to the product on hand… So i use coconut oil for many many many reasons. 
  • Cooking: Mainly because its a lot healthier than olive oil and I’ve really been attempting to change my lifestyle and my eating habits.  
  • Hair Care:preshampoo, condition and oil these locks (lets pretend my hair is as long asAfrica Miranda)
  • Skin Care: When it comes to skin… OMG coconut oil is the beezneez you hear me? I use it for my dry hands and feet, as an all over body moisturizer, I add sugar to it sometimes for a good scrub (so great for lip scrubs), to remove my eye makeup, shaving, and to cleanse my skin! 

One of the things I love most about coconut oil is that a little goes a long way and this jar should last me about six months!  Coconut oil  has a shelf life of 18 months to 2 years so you don’t have to worry about having to use it up before it goes bad.

Until next time lovies…