Angela has a great question, one that I’ve heard time and time again…
I know that I need to coupon and be wise with the money God has entrusted to us, but what about health? I am very heath conscious and aware of the chemicals and poor nutritional content in so many grocery store products. How can I find a balance of saving and putting healthy food in my family’s bodies?
Thank you for asking such a wonderful question Angela! I, too, ask myself this question all the time!
First, I advise people to use coupons for toiletries and household items, leaving more room in their grocery budget for fresh produce, fresh meats and any organic products that you can afford. I don’t spend much on dishwashing detergent (see my year’s supply here), or household cleaners, and I don’t pay for toothpaste or deodorant. Paying as little as possible for these kinds of products on your grocery list will allow you to spend your grocery dollars on the best and greatest food ingredients.
Second, settle in on an amount for your grocery budget that is a challenge, but still allows you to purchase the healthy foods and ingredients that your family needs. For our family, it ranges between $60-$75/week, depending on our latest situation. For example, we are dealing with having to fatten up Tyler (quick update…he has gained 1/2 lb since November. It’s not much, but it’s something!) as well as figuring out his food intolerances. Although he hasn’t been officially tested, we have discovered that he is allergic/intolerant to both dairy and soy products.
Third, be on the lookout for coupons for organic products, for fresh produce and for fresh meats. While these coupons are not as common as coupons for more processed foods, they are out there. I do my best to share them here on the site. You can also search for coupons in my coupon database. And you can write to the manufacturer asking them for coupons for a specific product. Most companies will respond favorably.
Last, you have to find that balance that works for your family. Do what’s best for you, for your budget, and for your family’s specific health needs.
Your turn! What are your thoughts?! How do you balance couponing, your health and your budget?!