I have generations of economical German housewives in my heritage - solid women built like linebackers who could feed a family of ten for nearly nothing and saved all sorts of things for future use: aluminum foil, tape dispensers, etc. In fact, my grandma died nearly a decade ago and I still have some gift wrap that I inherited from her that she bought on sale in the 1970s that I'm slowly working my way through. It's hideous, but, by golly, it wraps gifts!
|Mindy's garden of lettuce and kale. I'm so proud!|
Sometimes I do feel a little awkward being the only person there not using food stamps, though.
Unfortunately, there isn't a WinCo in my town. I force myself to shop locally for smaller shopping trips because the cost of gas and the time expended to drive up to the closest WinCo really takes a lot of the fun out of shopping there. However, it causes me physical pain to put things into my cart at normal grocery stores knowing I'm spending too much on them. I find myself thinking, "$5.98!!! This is $3.29 at WinCo! AUGH!" And then I get to the checkout line and my one bag of groceries is $65.00, and I have to bite my tongue to keep from sounding like a 90-year-old man who remembers the depression.
|My tomato bins. Very classy, huh?|
But do you realize how expensive local, organic food is? It's insane! And right after watching it Safeway had a deal on extra lean ground beef for $1.99 a pound and even though I knew that those cows and the men butchering them must have been soundly abused to get me meat at that price, I bought eighteen pounds of it and most of it is still in my freezer today. Every time I pull some out I'm torn between glee at getting such a deal and shame at caving in to big agriculture.
|Nothing says nutrition like |
food growing in a Home Depot bucket.
So what's the solution? Honestly, I have no idea. I couldn't choose a political party, either. That's why I'm baking my own bread and raising my own produce and going to my farmer's market even though sometimes the cost gives me heart palpitations. But I'm also still shopping at WinCo because those prices are really, really good.