My friends, Sonja and Megan, have issued a challenge called "The Real World Real Food Challenge." Sonja is lucky enough to get a huge box of organic veggies delivered right to her door each week. Last week Megan wondered if it was any cheaper to go out to the store and buy the same things...and the challenge was on. Megan's real world total was $51.18.
Here's how it goes:
Go to your local grocery store, list in hand, to see if you can purchase all the organic veggies Sonja got in her basket for less than the $38 she paid for them.
and the rules...
- Everything must come from the same store, during the same shopping trip
- Everything must be organic. If you can get it local organic, that’s even better
- Buy only what is on the list, in the same quantities
- Keep the receipt
and the list...
So, off to Wegmans I went. (Many people who are participating are shopping at Whole Foods, but we don't have one in Syracuse.) I have to confess I went to a Wegmans that is further away from house because I knew it would have a larger selection of organic produce.
I was able to cross everything off my list.
And ended up with this bounty on my counter.
And the grand total was: $46.13.
And now the problems. I was not able to find organic kiwis, limes or pomegranates, so I bought conventional. I was able to find organic lemons and navel oranges, but had to buy them in packs of 10 (and now have a lot of lemons!) The avocados came in a pack of three, and the sweet potatoes came in a pack of three HUGE sweet potatoes. Also, after I got home I noticed the cashier didn't charge me for organic fennel, so I probably had some savings there.
One bonus was that my Pea Sprouts were organic AND local!!
Compared to others I have seen, it seems my total is pretty middle of the road. I feel extremely blessed to be able to even afford organic produce when I know there are families who feel they can't afford fresh produce PERIOD.
Now what am I going to do with all those lemons? Check back tomorrow for that one!