Here's the thing about living and eating frugal - you can save the environment at the same time. So how do I figure that? Well, the lightbulb went off while picking green and yellow (wax) beans the other day - it was a dim bulb, but it flashed nonetheless.
My first priority for food right now is that it's healthy, second is that it's cheap. Luckily for me one of our local 'U-Pick' farms is happy to fill both of those requirements, with a little work from me. A half grocery bag of string beans (green and yellow or wax beans) cost me $2.20 and took a little less than 10 minutes to pick. The more I pick, the cheaper it gets - in fact, if I had picked a half bushel it would have cost roughly a dollar more. Lesson number two for the day - ask the prices before you pick.
How does this save the environment? Eating locally grown produce is a fantastic way to reduce fuels used in trucking, commercial canning or freezing, and you support local farmers - all great ways to do a little part for our community.
An update is coming soon - I promise. I don't know if it was foreshadowing or not, but I have been thrust into my own version of the $35 a week grocery challenge. Mr. Chef is a great guy - but his family is whacked out crazy, and the soap opera we call life has become very interesting.
So - coming with the update will be more tips on living frugal and eating frugal. How to stretch $1290 per month into $1350 per month (I haven't worked that one out yet). An adventure to be sure.
See you very soon!