I'm a big proponent of eating local whenever possible, organic (or at least pesticide-free) whenever possible, grass-fed/free-ranging meat whenever possible, etc. (This is for a variety of reasons - environmental impact, health benefits, tastes better, makes me feel like part of my community, etc.)
The problem is the cost. I've been able to budget for it in the past, but H is currently unemployed and we're living off of just my paycheck, so I'm looking to cut expenses wherever I can. I know it would be cheaper to start buying all my groceries in bulk at Wal-mart, but I really don't want to. I love going to the farmer's market, I love shopping at the natural foods store down the street, and I hate to give all that up.
I think this is probably a issue for a lot of people who have "green" intentions but limited resources, so I'm posting here not only looking for advice for myself, but in the hopes that perhaps we can start a list of tips and tricks for eating clean, good food without breaking the bank.
It helps, for example, to cut down on your meat consumption, but we've already done that (we usually eat vegetarian 3 or 4 nights a week). I'd be willing to cut back more, but H looooves beef. And sausage. And bacon. Sigh.
If I can overcome my own laziness, cooking beans from scratch rather than buying canned helps (and they taste better, too). Cooking oatmeal from scratch is much cheaper than buying boxed cereal.
I've also recently gone back to making my own yogurt, which is cheaper than buying yogurt. But again, like the bean-cooking, this takes time and a certain amount of advanced planning.
Growing some of our own food would certainly help. Unfortunately, we
didn't plant anything this year because we thought we were going to have
to move in the middle of the summer, and now it seems sort of too late.
What other tips do people have for eating green on a budget?