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…
 

Labor Day Sales

Courtesy of Mara from M Loves M
LABOR DAY SALES
CLOTHING

Ann Taylor // 50% off select full price and all sale styles with code: HAPPY50 ends today!

Anthropologie // 30% off sale with code: EXTRA30

Banana Republic // 40% off your entire purchase with code: BRFALL ends 9/8


Club Monaco // 40% off sale and clearance with code: NOTOVERYET ends 9/7

Gap // 40% off everything

Intermix // enjoy an extra 50% off all sale items for a total savings of up to 75% off

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything ends 9/7

J.Crew // 30% off your order of $125+ with code: GETSHOPPING ends 9/9

Kate Spade // 25% off all sale items with code: Delight ends 9/7

LOFT // 30% off fall arrivals plus and extra 50% off summer styles

Lorna Jane // up to 60% off

Madewell // take 30% off fall essentials and an extra 30% off all sale styles ends 9/7

Nordstrom // save up to 40% on sale items ends 9/13

Old Navy // up to 60% off everything

Saks Fifth Avenue // up to 75% off the summer sunset sale ends 9/7

West & Lou // 30% off with code: LABORDAY

JEWELRY


BaubleBar // 50-60% off select styles ends 9/7

HOME
Pottery Barn // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more 25 off $1000 or more with code: SAVEMORE ends 9/7

West Elm // 10% off $100 or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more with code: SAVEMORE ends 9/7

Furbish // 15% off site wide includes sale items and tons of new arrivals with code: LABORDAY ends 9/7

Shop Your Closet Challenge: Six Months and Still Going

This is my closet… 

Actually this is just one side of my closet. The other side is pretty full too.  I actually don’t have enough room for all of my items to fit in my closet.  For years and years I have been obsessed with fashion and shopping.  My obsession with fashion is so bad that when I watch anything style related the hair on my arms stands straight up.  I’m not sure if any of you remember but in 2010 Oxygen had a show called “House of Glam”  I’m obsessed with this show!!!  Like I still stalk it even though it only lasted one season, I bought the season via YouTube two years ago and I watch it probably at least once a week… Hey! Judge your Mother!

My obsession with shopping on the other hand is now non existent.  LOL I’m you’re probably giving me the side eye right now but, I’m serious.  I really haven’t shopped for clothing in about six months.
I always wondered when and if I would ever stop being obsessed with having the latest and the greatest.  I actually never thought it would happen for me.  But, in March I came across this YouTube video about shopping your closet for one year. This was just around the time when I was looking at the mess of clothing in my bedroom thinking how I never wear more than half of the items in my closet.  So, I decided to try it out.  I honestly didn’t think I would last but, here I am six months later and I have not bought a single article of clothing.  The challenge has been hard, especially now that its September and all of the fashion magazines are showing the latest fashion trends for Fall.  I have been forced to re purpose different articles of clothing, I’ve gotten rid of tons of items that I have not worn or didn’t care for anymore which made room for me to fit more into my closet.  

In the beginning I challenged myself to see how long it would take to repeat an outfit.  It took about 6 months for me to run out of options for clothing and then I just started from scratch and started repeating outfits again.  

Pros:
  1. Forced to be creative with outfit choices
  2. Saved a ton of money that helped me pay down my debt
  3. Earned money for my clothing by selling items to The Buffalo Exchange
  4. Helped others by donating unwanted items to charities and to friends
  5. Motivated me to do other challenges like walking at least 10,000 steps a day and bring my lunch everyday. 
Cons:

There actually have not been cons to doing the challenge.  I’ve found that I no longer shop out of boredom or to fill voids and I’ve become a lot less materialistic. 
I’m no where near my goal of making it a whole year without shopping but, I’m already wondering if I’ll go back to my old habits when its over.  I think one of the major things I’ve learned is there is so much more to accomplish in life other than having a brand new Gucci bag.  I’ve found that I am more motivated to do other things like starting my Youtube channel, this blog, owning a home, building my relationship with God and being free from materialism.  I’m not really sure why I was so materialistic in the past, but I think a huge part of it came from attempting to keep with what I saw on Social Media and on Television. Shopping was my comfort zone, and now I’m learning to find comfort in myself.

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…