Occasionally Google Alerts provides an interesting window into the heart of mind of our customers, today’s Google Alerts presented one customer in a fascinating blog . “The Year of Temperate Living” subtitled “A woman’s journey to self-discovery as she reclaims her life by giving up shopping.” The blog is written by Ellen L. Stanclift a Yoga teacher and aspiring writer, from the coast of Maine. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers and two dogs as well as a former 2nd grade teacher who is aspiring to a writing career.
When I began my Year of Temperate Living journey, I wanted to investigate ways to drastically cut expenses in all areas of our lives. Obviously, this means trips to J. Crew, Bloomingdale’s and Anthropologie are cut out completely. Sad as it makes me, it’s not a habit I can afford to maintain. Nor, do I think it’s one that necessary. Food, on the other hand, is imperative. I can’t give up eating just to save money (although the thought did cross my mind). I am a firm believer in good nutrition. As a yoga instructor and a cancer survivor, I credit excellent balanced meals as crucial to my health, and to the health of my family. How does one balance good nutrition and delicious, high quality meals, without compromising financially and overspending at the supermarket?
My own way of finding both great value and great taste is to purchase store brands whenever possible. Many supermarkets and discount department stores now have their own private labels on a great number of popular food items.