Choices and frugality
A comment exchange I had with another user below on my chicken post got me thinking. She mentioned when I listed out the costs of some of my other ingredients for my recipes that food was expensive where I am. She's right -- it's getting more expensive all over the US, and my area has some high prices. But I also noted that part of the reason why some of my ingredients were costly is that I make the choice to buy the highest quality ingredients I can and am willing to pay a little more. For instance, I use yogurt in my Indian chicken. I get an all natural yogurt that runs 79 cents for 6 ozs. Now, I could grab the store brand, which is made with milk with hormones and antibiotics in it, for 39-50 cents. But I choose to use the natural yogurt. I will choose organic if I can and the price difference is small. The chicken itself I posted about yesterday is another example. Storebrand chicken was 99 cents/lb. I opted to pay the extra 20 cents/lb ($1.19) for chicken that was certified to have been raised without antibiotics and hormones and on a vegetarian diet. I can think of any number of these tradeoffs I make -- I buy organic milk (the storebrand organics for about $2.50-$2.99/half gallon), naturally raised meat, organic or local produce, etc., whenver I can. Sometimes there's a cheaper choice, but I don't think that's always a better choice. What places do you make tradeoffs? Where are you wiling to pay a little more? What places will you always go with the cheapest option?