Juggling The “Green” and Gluten Free Shopping

Analyzing our grocery outing today and man, gluten free foods are pricey!

K3 is getting low on staple foods, ie… cereal, bread and prepared snacks. So, a trip to the market was in order. I have two options, 1- head to Whole Foods (my first choice) which is a 45 minute drive each way or 2- head to the natural food section at the local grocery which is only 25 minutes round trip. Since I was low on time before the bus arrived with K1 and K2, I opted for choice 2.

How it all breaks down… a stop at the local coffee shop on the way out of town for 2 child size soy milk cocoas and one giant sized blended tasty for Mum. Add $8.00 with tip.

Driving the truck for our 20 mile round trip run to the grocery, using about two gallons of gas. Add $8.00.

Forgetting that my reusuable shopping bags are in the Prius which Oregon Dad drove to work today. Add $4 for more bags.

$20.00 spent before getting any groceries! Eeeeeek.

Oh, yes and just a quick rant about children’s medicine. I do not like dyes and artificial flavorings and all children’s medicine is loaded with it! Anyone care to discuss why I should give my ADHD inclined child medicine full of red dye which is shown to affect behavior? I made K3 learn to swallow pills at age 5 to avoid all that gunk! However, Little Critter is only 3 and hasn’t mastered that art just yet (plus dosing is trickier with a kid that young!) She has been running a fever and is showing signs that she too has an ear infection. I ALWAYS wait at least 3 days before heading to the Doctor… however we do rely on Ibuprofen for the pain in the meantime. The grocery didn’t carry dye free Ibuprofen suspension… in this case I would have sprung for the $2.00 price difference to get the Motrin brand suspension, but alas, there wasn’t a dye free variety available there either. I ended up with the bubblegum flavor generic for $3.59.

Back at home, I put away the groceries and prepared boxes for our craft projects. We will be making cereal box (and any other box) wallets (see http://www.replayground.com). The kids are excited. Stay posted.

Today’s Green Tip- Change your lightbulbs to compact fluorescents. This will shave up to 66% off your lighting related energy costs and if you catch a great deal like I did (.99 each at Lowes) It won’t cost much to get started. Just please, oh please, don’t buy them at Wal-mart.


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Wife to a teacher extraordinaire... Mama to Five littles... Conservative Catholic Christian with a Strong Environmentalist Mentality... Respecting Life... Living for our Savior... Learning to trust God in all things.
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2 Responses to Juggling The “Green” and Gluten Free Shopping

  1. Meg says:

    Meant to discuss the pill thing on this post- oh well, you know what I’m sayin’ 🙂
    I switched to CF’s last month and am anxious to see the price difference. I purchased them at Target- and wish I would have checked Lowe’s- it’s right across the street from Target! I bought 2 lamps at Target that same day- found out Lowe’s have the same thing $10 cheaper. Too lazy to pack it all up and return it!
    How do the Envirokids bars taste? ok?

  2. The EnviroKidz bars are quite tasty… kind of like a rice krispy treat. The kids LOVE Chocolate, with Peanut Butter being a second choice and refuse to eat the berry ones. 🙂 Another favorite is the Cocoa Loca bars by Enjoy Life… Chocolate of course. All the kids want to eat them!

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