I have trouble being frugal. It’s one of those traits I see other people exercise with ease (or so it seems). I’m working on developing a bit of sense. So far it’s not so bad; I’ve cut back on clothing and record store purchases. But a final stumbling block remains: food.
I love it.
I love it so much that I can’t bear to show it restraint for fear that I will damage our longstanding beautiful relationship. But, if anything, I need to stop being so melodramatic and obsessive.
Here are some things that I’ve learned in my early days as a spendthrift (healthy) consumer:
By spending less, you consume less (imagine). If you put limitations on yourself you will be surprised by the results, and usually for the better. Being thoughtful about what you eat is a healthy practice for yourself and your community. It helps if you love cooking, but it’s never too late to learn.
For me, being thoughtful about what I eat translates into spending less, buying locally/organically, and fewer 9PM realizations that I’ve had only cheese curds and crackers for dinner.
ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) has a helpful database of local organic providers.
The Eco Action Centre is putting on “40 Days of Action”, starting May 10th. I’m sure you’ll be seeing photos of our Local Food Dinner Party in the near future.