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  •  Cost is certainly an issue... (1+ / 0-)
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    nightsweat

    If I was trying to raise a family on a budget I'd be hardpressed to pay what they charge for organic vegetables at Albertson's or Safeway.

    •  Cooking vs. Reheating (1+ / 0-)
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      Morgan Sandlin

      I think the biggest cost to most families' food budgets is preprocessed foods.  People value their time more than their money these days, and will pay extra to get a big frozen dinner or pizza than they would to make it themselves.

      If you were to cook every night or eat leftovers, would the cost of organics outweigh the money the average family could save by eliminating Lunchables or other prepared foods?

      A fanatic is a man who does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.

      by nightsweat on Wed Mar 14, 2007 at 07:50:08 AM PDT

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      •  I certainly agree with you there... (1+ / 0-)
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        nightsweat

        I know of a young couple who are in a VERY tight situation budget wise. He's working two jobs, she's working and they have children. Their credit rating is in the dumps, in debt up to their ears...and they still eat take out five nights a week. She simply will not manage a food budget and it would make a huge difference for them, both in dollars saved and quality served.

        •  We're not budget constrained, but- (1+ / 0-)
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          My wife and I make pretty good money and when we lived in the city we ate out more frequently than I'd like to admit.  I got the cooking bug, and since then, we save at least $150/week on food between lunches and dinners for the two of us.

          for example, lunch used to be $17-20/day ($8-$9 apiece from the local fast food joint), and now it's more like $3-5/day at most for the two of us.  Savings - $12-17/day x 5 = $60-85 just on lunch.

          We still go out, but less frequently and only to places worth spending on, not because we're too lazy to come up with something to cook.

          A fanatic is a man who does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.

          by nightsweat on Wed Mar 14, 2007 at 08:36:37 AM PDT

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        •  I hate to say it (0+ / 0-)

          But why couldn't HE manage the food budget? If she is working and taking care of the children, then she has two jobs too, with one (childcare) being on call pretty much all the time, as opposed to his which has actual hours.

          Just saying...

          The process is the reality. ~ Samuel Johnson

          by splashy on Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 03:08:41 AM PDT

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