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So I've been thinking about grocery budgets lately, and it is just this CONSTANT tug-of-war within me.
I totally agree with this article, written by Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas, yet we aren't consistent with local, sustainable purchases. Mass-produced meats really really bother me, and while Tyler agrees, he is also an advocate for lowering our food budget. Some weeks we do awesome with local food, and honestly, some weeks there just isn't as much meat available, I guess this is a good introduction into the true rhythm of famine and feast, so to say.
$15 for a chicken is a good bit of money, and while I am able to glean LOTS more from local chickens (fat for cooking, the organ meats, carcasses that produce a VERY hearty stock), it still is hard to rival the conventional chickens at $5 a bird and the "sorta" organic birds at $8 a bird. We usually (90% of the time) stick with the "sorta" organic birds. It's really frustrating for me. I don't like making compromises on our food, as we have both come to agree with Hippocrates, who said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food," but I ultimately feel like until we get our car payed-off, it is easier to justify less than great consumer purchases.
Thankfully, we owe just a bit above $3,000 on our car. So, so, so close (we started with $12,000+ in January 2012). If we can manage to have it paid-off before filing taxes, than any refund can be geared toward our next goal.
Speaking of birds, our chickens started laying eggs! And the day we learned that they started laying is the day that one of the laying hens died. Ironic!
I had placed a piece of a tree branch in the hen house and apparently it wasn't secure because one of my sweet, beautiful Rhode Island Reds met her death beneath the thoughtfully placed branch, when it fell and crushed her. I cried like a baby. We didn't eat her, and I sort of felt better about that. Not quite at the point of raising meat birds on our own yet. How spoiled am I that that isn't a necessity?! My great-grandmother HAD to kill a chicken, if she was to put meat on the table at night. What a woman!
We are hoping to take a vacation in October, which is due to sweet friends of ours getting married in North Carolina. Here is the catch...Tyler will have half, .5, of a vacation day left. Flying is out of the question, unless there is some crazy awesome way to get plane tickets for $200 a piece. So, train or car? Is it worth taking unpaid leave (seems so crazy!)? We briefly thought of going sans children, but Jo is still my cuddly nursling just a few times a day, and if we bring Jo, well, I just feel terrible leaving our princess behind. Is driving through the night, alternating shifts, totally crazy talk? Could we actually get sleep on a train? And for the record, will my husband's boss even approve unpaid leave?!?! Well, I think our work is cut-out for us; we should start with finding-out if unpaid leave is ok, and how much might be allowed. But please still share your thoughts!
Making this wedding will set-back our goals for car-payoff but I know in my heart of hearts that this wedding is important.
PLEASE share any tips or ideas about traveling with kids...and to come full circle, any opinions on temporarily eating crap-ishly in order to pay-off car debt sooner.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"
Blessings to you!!! Have a wonderful week!