Yes I was thinking the same. I try to feed my children Organic food and due to allergies we have to avoid alot of grains and cheaper bulk foods. I buy tuna and the like as a cheaper option but the levels of mercury and overall quality of our diet concerns me.
I like the idea of growing your own veg but I have been warned to not start doing that until you have had your soil tested. In our area, for example, they used to spray DDT to ward off bugs back in the days when this area was market gardens. It can take 25 years or more for that to clear from the soil.
I find it very difficult to go to many different stores with my two! How do your kids all deal with that? Our one weekly shop (or fortnightly if I can) is like pulling teeth. I find that I whizz through so fast that often I'll forget things. I try to drag DH through on his day off but he just resents that and I get even more stressed!
Oh and fish! We try to eat fish as often as possible but I refuse to buy farmed or imported fish which means you have to pay big dollars! There doesn't seem to be any way to eat well and cheaply!
We recently began the switch to cloth nappies. I was more concerned about the environment and was buying biodegradable ones before, which is more expensive than Huggies!
I'm already noticing an improvement in our weekly shopping costs but I'm a long way short of being 100% cloth! I probably need another 15nappies to get us through. I figure I'll buy one or two a week.
I also want to say how impressed I am with you guys. There are some very organised mummies out there.
I find that I lag entirely when it comes to being organised and just sit back in awe at your work.
I find chasing my two around all day so draining that I never have time to get on to a budget or meal planning. I do however work on the basis that I'll make a meal out of what is in my pantry. I try to work the pantry down until it's all gone...or close (minus flour etc) and then just buy very basic food, like beans, tinned tomatoes, tuna,quinoa, lentils, spices, fresh fruit/veg and meat/fish. We don't use much in the way of chemicals and yet our weekly bill would be more likely between $200-$300! Madness! With two in nappies it used to top $400 some weeks.
Does anybody have any very creative ways or getting around these monster hurdles I've placed before me!