By Joline Atkins at Slimsavers.com
I am using black-eyed peas in two recipes this week. As a rule, I try really hard not to wander into the center aisles at my Giant Eagle, for we all know what kind of trouble comes from hitting every aisle in a grocery store. But, I needed those cans.
Thankfully, the natural and organic section is placed right beyond the produce section at my store, so I stopped there to pick up two cans of black-eye peas. For a ridiculous price of $2.99 each.
Still, I rationalized it, put them in my cart and moved on.
Upon checkout, I learned that I was only over my budget amount by $11.00. Pleased, I went home.
Later that day, I had to stop at Aldi for a few things, and found that the cans of black-eyed peas there were a whopping $.65 a piece.
I felt screwed. And ashamed. And a little silly for spending so much on two cans earlier that day.
And yet . . . I prefer to purchase canned goods that do not have bpa in the lining. And Eden's Organic products do NOT use bpa in the lining. As for Aldi's Dakota brand? I have no idea.
Tonight, the ocd in me took over and I searched the internet to find out. And failed to find my answer.
So, I'll be content with my $2.99 purchase (x2, sigh), knowing that there are no unnecessary chemicals in the ingredient I need for two recipes this week.
Which begs the question: Do you pay more - as in, much, much more, for the security of chemical-free, even when the cost is astronomically more than a cheaper brand???
Please chime in. I'd love your opinion!
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Erin and Joline, both health and wellness junkies, spent many years pinning down the truths about eating healthy and inexpensively. Both feel the it’s-too-expensive-to-eat-healthy excuse is untrue and infuriating.