My local big box grocery sends out weekly sale sheets along with a coupon booklet a couple of times each month. A year ago or less, I could find good deals on staples - flour, sugar, baking supplies, meat, vegetables, etc. That's when I used coupons, even if it irritated me that the store set limits on the number of items a person could buy. If I am stocking up, I want to buy 50 lbs. of hamburger or 30 pounds of carrots at a time - not two puny packages of meat or 3 lbs. of carrots.
Anyway, I am finding now that most of the store coupons are for things like frozen pizza rolls, soda and chips. It is a rare day when I can find the basics on sale. I thought it was just my paranoia kicking in, or that my tin foil hat was on crooked, but then I read this article.
Guess I'm not alone at thinking that we are having processed and sugary foods pushed at us. I feel for those who rely on store coupons to stretch the grocery budget. They are getting crap for their trouble.
I am not rabid about non-organic food. I would prefer to eat organically grown produce and meat, but I am also sensible enough to know that in this world, that just is not possible. For one thing, I can't afford to spend double and triple the price to buy all organic. And for another, I have no place to grow my own. So my best bet is to deal with the Farmer's Market vendors that I have dealt with in the past, and know from experience that they sell a quality product at a reasonable price.
I would urge those folks who have the space, to grow whatever you can. My son plants corn and tomatoes along side his house, rather than growing flowers in that space. He has set up a small raised-bed garden in his back yard. Not only does he raise vegetables for his family to eat fresh, but there is enough of a crop so he cans salsa and tomatoes and pickles. From what he says, he may increase the garden space and is talking about buying a pressure canner. Not only does he raise good food for his family, but the kids are learning about gardening. And they help with the canning.
These pictures are from last summer.
Jacob and Maddie picked a wagon load of tomatoes.
Boston and Maddie picked the last of the green beans.
And they bring me pickles and cherry tomatoes, which I love. They garden and I get to enjoy a taste of what they grow. And the kids have learned another self-sustaining skill. Everybody wins!