Grocery shopping is cathartic as I get lost in the deep recesses of my mind. I meditatively push my cart up and down each aisle, delve into the depths of the market, plan our meals, pick up trusty standbys and toss in a couple new items I'd like to try. I want to know my local grocery store intimately.
It drives my husband crazy.
He wants a list and in fifteen minutes will buy each item on that list, nothing more, nothing less. His trips take 15 minutes, mine last well over an hour. Regardless, we are inherently satisfied when we leave the store. It's a rare practice in buying everything you want.
|Colorful Carrot Mix Organic Seeds by cubits|
But grocery shopping is expensive. We spend hundreds of dollars for food each month for two people. Since discovering our beloved A&G, much of that balance goes toward fresh fruit and we can buy a trunkful for just around $100. When we used to shop at Dominicks, we were lucky to get two bags of groceries for the same price.
|Wind Farm T-Shirt by Happy Family|
In living frugally, we can cut out nearly every expense, but we still have to eat and desire to eat well at that. I'm interested in how you manage your grocery bills. I feel like most of us eat leftovers, buy in bulk, use coupons, etc. We've planted a garden, joined a CSA, and are preparing for chickens. But have any of us tried alternative ways of obtaining food for our families?
|Beet Happy Notecard by Just a Thought Designs|
This week, I'm extremely interested in urban foraging, freeganism, communal living. I'm interested in other ways, radical ways, of eating. Why does so much food go to waste? Can you eat healthy on a diet based on dumpster bounties? Do you run the risk of getting sick? How illegal is illegal? Has the movement reached Chicago?
What do you think? Are you up for jumping in a dumpster with me?