I love frugality. I was a hard-core drugstore game playa for a solid year and a half before I had Boogie, and then I sort of started to leave that behind in favor for more natural products over the ones I was getting free or cheap playing with CVS freebies.
However, natural products are very rarely had for the kind of deals I was getting on, for example, shampoo or shaving cream. These were free, in fact.
So, I take what I can get. I recently posted about how I buy Boogie's yogurt in the larger container and portion it out, freezing some, instead of buying the individual packs. In general, I prefer to buy the plain whole milk organic yogurt over the packs because they have added sugar and I prefer to give it plain or add my own fresh fruit with no added sugar.
However, a week or so I came across a deal that was too good to pass up. Whole Foods was running a coupon in their Whole Deal Newsletter for $1/1 4-pack of YoBaby 3-in-1 Meals. I had snagged a few $1/1 Manufacturer's coupons from a blinky at another grocery store, and our Whole Foods allows you to use both a store and a manufacturer's coupon. Since the packs were on sale for $2.69, I picked up 4 packs of 4 for $0.69 each, or about $0.17 per cup.
He loved them and enjoyed them until we ran out yesterday and had to buy a new tub-o-yogurt. But that's a good savings over regular price on the larger tubs as well, which puts more money in our grocery budget for fresh foods.
So a little added sugar isn't going to kill him, really. Especially since he has hadly had any kind of added sugar in anything. The exception is Annies organic bunny grahams. Love those. I mean, Boogie loves those. Okay, I eat most of them.
This is just one example of how you can make organic work for your budget. I firmly believe that it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Do what you can and be an informed consumer, especially when it comes to the products you put on or in your body. Once we run out of the stocked up items I have from Drugstore game days, we will switch to more natural products, including and especially those we use for Boogie. I recently picked up some California Baby products on clearance at Target for about what the conventional Johnson's stuff costs so I'm looking forward to emptying the current bottle of baby wash to make the switch. We have already dropped the baby lotion in favor of Coconut Oil and it works better! But I can't bring myself to throw away what we have in favor of spending more on something else, so we're making gradual switches.