Going Green with Prices Through the Roof!
These days the “buzz” is all about “going green”.
Something some of us have been doing for a long time. Now that there is so much information on the subject all over
that we are thinking that we can do more….but can we?
just recently saw a wonderful article in a magazine on making your own
cheese and I thought, “Oh, I’d love to try that.”
The recipe began with 1 gallon of milk….have you seen the price
of a gallon of milk lately? Now I think that if I do actually try it, I
will just be splurging so that I can taste my own homemade cheese (not
to mention that guilt we all have now, “If I don’t buy that I can
almost get another gallon of gas.)
week I went looking at the organic foods because I do understand even
though we love the idea of organics, they won’t be available long if
we don’t buy them. I needed just a few things, coffee, sugar, flour,
spaghetti and sauce. I
started with the coffee; I have to have decaffeinated. Normally I pay
about 2 dollars for a brick of coffee. I found there was only one brand
of organic decaffeinated coffee and it was $5.88. My mind balked, then I
tried to be reasonable, it was only an extra four dollars and it would
be organic. I moved on to the sugar and flour. I haven’t bought flour
for a while as I had some stocked up but when I last bought flour you
could get a 5 lb bag for about a dollar. Apparently it has gone up,
along with everything else, and now was $2.37. However the organic flour
was $4.38. My mind immediately said “Never”, but I tried to be
reasonable and think of all the benefits of organic food, no chemicals,
pesticides etc. (My mind started to wonder if pesticides and chemicals
were actually used on all these foods anyway?). It went into the cart
and we moved onto the sugar. At first organic sugar seemed not too bad
$1.78 unfortunately that price was only for a 2 lb bag and I usually pay
just over $2 for a 5 lb bag. The spaghetti and sauce were a bit better.
Organic spaghetti (all these had only one brand) was $ .99 only
about 20 cent more than I usually pay and the organic sauce was $2.37
which is about double what I usually pay. In the end, the things I
bought cost me more than double what I would have normally spent on
those items. -----This is one receipt Phil will not be seeing.
these days when all our extra money is being burnt up in our gas tanks,
I am not sure how we are supposed to buy or organic, let alone, buy any
other “green” things i.e.: solar power etc.
have decided to content myself with what I can afford. Most of these
things I have always. I try to buy locally. Unfortunately, there isn’t
a lot of local food available to us. We have no farmer’s market here
but we do have a flea market where last week I found a man selling local
honey. We also have some people who sell vegetables on the street
corners. Recycling is another thing I can afford, but there isn’t a
lot of recycling that goes on here either. There are some trucks that
buy cans and the store now have put out containers for recycling the
plastic grocery bags.
do reuse a lot of things, plastic grocery bags (because for some reason
the grocery stores manage to give me at least one even if I bring in my
cloth grocery bags) get reused in the bathroom trash cans, coffee
grounds feed the worms, leftover food into the compost bin or to the
chickens, old wheel rims made a small table and wooden wire spools made
stools (a subject for another article), plant pots and six packs are
constantly reused until they fall apart; we have a future homemade
heater involving aluminum cans that is in the works now as well. Solar lights are around the front of the house and along the
path to the greenhouse. They come in handy when the power goes out. They
are also a good battery charger when the power goes out. Rainwater is
collected from a gutter on the greenhouse and reused to water plants.
am sure as we go along we will find even more ways to be “green”.
These ways along with the few organic things I can afford to buy each
week are what I will do to try to be more “green”.
Maybe it isn’t possible to have the solar hot water heater, or
to buy all my groceries organic but I will just keep doing the
“green” things I have always done and keep looking for more
“green” things that I can do.