Driving frugally is easier than eating organically

Driving frugally is easier than eating organically

I’ve really tried to drive a bit more frugally. It’s not because of the price of petrol, it’s because I think that I might as well use less of it for the environment’s sake when hooning around is not possible or inappropriate. I think I’ve done reasonably well, and it’s helped having a car that’s got a trip computer. The same cannot be said for eating organically. For a start, driving more frugally saves you money; eating organically costs a lot more.

Conserving petrol also entails not taking unnecessary trips. The problem with shopping organically is that you can’t get everything you need at one or even two places, and therefore end up racking up far more miles to get your shopping done. That’s three times you have to queue at the checkout! Stressful or what!

I tried Harvest Whole Foods in Grey Lynn and spent $100. I then went to Woolworths because I’m damned if I’m going to buy toilet paper that’s three times as expensive (spent $60), and HWF also didn’t stock bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers and some other bits and bobs. Then off to Westmere Organic Butchers for the carnivore in me, and because I’m of the opinion that a body needs some meat (but only 2-3 times a week), and I spent $35. A total of $195 (I would usually spend $140), and roughly 2.5 times the distance I’d usually cover, despite all three places being within 3km of one another.

That, frankly, is ridiculous.

So perhaps this isn’t the best way to look at it, but I’d rather eat healthily, but non-organically, from one place, thus saving fuel, and spend the $30-40/wk on vitamins, supplements, flax seed oil and all that kind of stuff, than have the extra stress of trying to get what I need from three different places. I can still buy around half the organic products from the supermarket that HWF stock (some of them at better prices), and I could easily walk to the butchers. Problem almost solved. Now, if the world just did the same!

I’ve really tried to drive a bit more frugally. It’s not because of the price of petrol, it’s because I think that I might as well use less of it for the environment’s sake when hooning around is not possible or inappropriate. I think I’ve done reasonably well, and it’s helped having a car that’s got a trip computer. The same cannot be said for eating organically. For a start, driving more frugally saves you money; eating organically costs a lot more.

Conserving petrol also entails not taking unnecessary trips. The problem with shopping organically is that you can’t get everything you need at one or even two places, and therefore end up racking up far more miles to get your shopping done. That’s three times you have to queue at the checkout! Stressful or what!

I tried Harvest Whole Foods in Grey Lynn and spent $100. I then went to Woolworths because I’m damned if I’m going to buy toilet paper that’s three times as expensive (spent $60), and HWF also didn’t stock bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers and some other bits and bobs. Then off to Westmere Organic Butchers for the carnivore in me, and because I’m of the opinion that a body needs some meat (but only 2-3 times a week), and I spent $35. A total of $195 (I would usually spend $140), and roughly 2.5 times the distance I’d usually cover, despite all three places being within 3km of one another.

That, frankly, is ridiculous.

So perhaps this isn’t the best way to look at it, but I’d rather eat healthily, but non-organically, from one place, thus saving fuel, and spend the $30-40/wk on vitamins, supplements, flax seed oil and all that kind of stuff, than have the extra stress of trying to get what I need from three different places. I can still buy around half the organic products from the supermarket that HWF stock (some of them at better prices), and I could easily walk to the butchers. Problem almost solved. Now, if the world just did the same!

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