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Saving Money with Organic Foods

Hello again!

I’m amazed that it’s been almost a month since we’ve chatted.  I guess it’s been busier than I thought… March definitely came in like a lion, but the proverbial lamb is just around the corner with sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and flowers like crocus, hyacinth, and daffodils dotting the landscape with cheerful colors.

But let’s get back to the subject.  I’m a fan of organic foods because I don’t like feeding my family a bunch of preservatives and processed food.  I firmly believe that the closer the food is to how it actually came from the ground (or walked on it), the easier it is for your body to do something with it.  Plain and simple.

One company that I’ve been using for about a year is Door to Door Organics.  Once a week, I get a delivery of fresh, seasonal produce.  It comes to my front door, and is priced very reasonably.  The Friday before my scheduled delivery day, I get an email letting me know the contents of my next shipment.  I can make substitutions or add extra products if I like.  I think there are several advantages to using this company:

  1. It keeps me out of the produce section at the grocery store for the most part.  I recently read an article about grocery stores which stated that the produce section of the store is one of the most profitable and is an area that is very susceptible to impulse purchases.  It’s much easier for me to breeze through, pick up a bunch of bananas and 1 or 2 incidental items instead of having to cruise the entire section.
  2. It helps me feed my kids healthy snacks, and a variety of them.  They get excited when they see a box full of fresh apples, pears, strawberries, and fun fruits like mango.  Don’t ask me why, but it’s more fun for them to eat something that came to the house.
  3. The pricing is very reasonable.  I calculated what I would spend at the local health food store for the same amount of produce.  Even before I added in my gasoline and time (both of which I get to save), I was ahead of the game.  It helps me plan my meals and cooking projects (a goal of mine for 2010), and encourages me to try something new every now and then.
  4. After almost a year, I’ve had very few issues.  Occasionally (once or twice), I’ve gotten some produce that wasn’t in good shape.  A quick call to their very friendly customer service, and my bill was credited.  And I even got a call when a particular item that I wanted was back in stock.
  5. They support local farmers and care about doing a great job.  It’s important to spread good news about good companies.  They also have a very large delivery area that goes well beyond the boundaries of the metro area.

I’m not being compensated to tell you about this company.  If you go to the site and decide to give it a try, I’ll get a credit toward my next purchase if you mention my name.  The site is user-friendly, as is their delivery schedule.  There’s even a section where you can request that certain fruits or veggies not be added to your box, and where you can tell them your favorites.  If you are trying to introduce some healthier foods to your family, this might be a good place to start.

Let me know what you think!

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