Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Expense of Change

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This week we're answering the question: How's your budget? What money-saving strategies have you been employing?

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I really like to support local business, so I tend to buy Griffin's brand whenever I can. We used to buy the big jug of syrup and refill a container. Only... they use High Fructose Corn Syrup. Sigh. I was really bummed to learn this once I decided to cut HFCS out of our diets.

Have you looked at syrup? Yeah, a lot of it is made with HFCS! However, someone recommended Log Cabin Syrup. Log Cabin touts, "All of our products are made with no high fructose corn syrup - the only national brand of table syrup to do so!" I snagged up their little jug of all natural syrup and even my husband loved it! (He is a hard sell on all these changes.) But we go through a lot of syrup. We eat pancakes or french toast nearly every day! And these little jugs are more than $4 each. I don't actually budget, but I could see this was too much money going to one thing.

And so we tried Log Cabin's Original syrup. It isn't "all natural" (so its cheaper!), but it still doesn't have HFCS. It isn't as good as I'd like to feed my family, but its still an improvement over what we've had in the past.

How has eating healthier hit your budget?

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you found a syrup that works better for all of you AND isn't too hard on the budget. Cutting out HFCS is a rough one—like wheat, it seems to be in nearly everything! It definitely shows up in places I wouldn't expect.

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  2. Yep, you definitely have to make allowances for budgeting even when you're trying to eat healthier. I think there's a sort of matrix where the options are convenience, low price, healthfulness, and taste — and you can maybe get three but barely ever all four and often just two!

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