Frugal Organic Beginnings

A few months ago I began to learn a little bit more about organic food vs non-organic. As a typical Canadian family we enjoy the occasional junk food, but I’ve always strived for my family to eat healthy.  The more I learned about pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, processing methods and GMOs, the more uncomfortable I became with consuming them, but felt completely overwhelmed on where and how to make changes without going broke!

A friend of mine said it’s very hard for anyone in Alberta to go completely organic, so you do the best that you can within your budget. With that advice I began the journey into my second passion: eating organically and GMO-free while on a budget. And that is the entire purpose of this blog: to learn and share ways my family is striving to live a frugally organic life here in Alberta!

1098393_10153041746595136_306391147_n(One of my first organic/local food purchases for under $10!)

PS. While this blog focuses on frugal organic living, I will cover areas of frugal living that are not organic food related.

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How it all Began

This post (along with the last and many more to follow) is being handwritten on computer paper. It’s certainly not the easiest way for the average blogger to write, but with our laptop broken, monthly budget exhausted and no ambition – let alone any idea how – to blog at the library with my 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 year olds while being 5 months pregnant, this is really, truly the easiest way for me to do it right now. So when my babies sleep, I will slowly type up my posts on my phone and publish them!  Impressed?

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Now, onto my post!

I remember the day well. It was a day that literally changed our lives! Leading up to it I was thoroughly enjoying being home on maternity leave with my first born, Chloe. I fully intended to go back to work at least part time when she turned one, as a supplement to our one income, but I kept thinking about how it would affect our lives financially if I became a full time stay at home mother.

Back to that day. I went to get the mail as usual, and what I found inside was an envelope addressed to Chloe from Nestlé Baby. Inside was a coupon for baby food and I tucked it away to save for later. Months after I found myself unable to continue breast feeding Chloe because I was now pregnant with Ben and there was nothing left to give her. At that time I received another coupon from Nestlé for baby formula! What great timing!

After that, I started to question how using coupons could help us financially long term and so began my journey into couponing and shopping frugally!  I researched, collected and traded coupons!  More than two years of couponing and shopping frugally has passed, and I can’t remember the last time my husband and I fought over money (a common issue in marriage), and because of couponing/frugal shopping we’ve been able to save more money than ever before!

Here are only two of my favourite shopping trips where I used coupons and customer rewards to get our groceries for a ridiculously low price:

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($3.91!)

Keep following along!  I’ll teach you how to do this!

It Begins Again

I’ve dipped my virtual pen into the world of blogging twice before, but both blogs fizzled out due to lack of passion on my part. While I love reading Catholic mom blogs, it’s not what I am meant to write about.  Instead I will continue to enjoy reading these blogs, but focus on other passions of mine that I feel have been fueled by my journey through motherhood.

If I were to summarize my goal with this blog it would be to ‘share a mother’s journey into eating and living more organically and naturally without going broke’. By no means am I an expert, but one who is learning, discovering and sharing.  In no way am I judging those who do not live an organic lifestyle (I’m not 100% there either!), but am simply sharing how we are doing it within a reasonable budget.

In the following posts I will introduce my passions: couponing/frugal living, changing the way we eat, running as a frugal way to exercise, frugal organic sales/purchases and lots more.  This isn’t a mom blog per se but what I share is from a mom to help other moms who are trying to live a similar lifestyle.

Stay tuned for my next post and more on how this journey begun!