Do you have a runaway grocery bill?

As a personal budget consultant (shameless plug), I was thoroughly shocked the other day in a conversation about groceries. There are five people in my family, and we pay $1000-1400 a month for food, diapers, toiletries, etc.

Bananas, right?

I couldn't believe the other women in the conversation were paying between $400-700 per month for their families, as larger or larger than mine. I forgot what it was like to use coupons, shop sales, and stock up on items. I was jealous!

The reason that our bill is so high is that we eat organic produce (and I still can't afford to buy all organic), eat almost no processed foods, and eat organic, grass fed meat. The coupons and sales are slim to none, and never comparable to sales on processed foods. I keep telling myself that our grocery bill is an investment in our health, but I know my healthy little girls will also need to go to college one day. It's crippling my budget.

This is not an article about judging people's lifestyle choices, it's about the fact that it's just so damn expensive to eat real, quality food. I could get into GMO's, Monsanto, the sheer number of chemicals in food today, and every other rant that boils my blood, but at the end of the day, I really just want to know what to do about it. How do I feed my family of five without breaking the bank? Is there a secret Costco-like place that only sells non-GMO, grass-fed, wild-caught goodness? Do I turn my very humble yard into a garden? Believe me, I would NOT look cute in overalls.

Please share your tips and tricks for eating organically and clean- clearly, the budget queen needs some help!

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