The organic box is budget friendly choice – if you are willing to put the work into it. If you are willing to make sure that you are going to use the food it is an effective way to save you money compared to buy organic produce through local shops and big name supermarkets. It’s delivered to your home, saves you time and was one of the highlights of my week when produce came to us – meaning that I could head off to Costco a couple of times a week and buy the rest of the stuff that we needed.
Then, Christmas came. There were three weeks in a row that were filled with family dinners, meals out, special events and playdate dinners. Just after Christmas frugal dad was pantry and fridge cleaning and the amount of stuff that was tossed in the trash made me realize that we weren’t putting the work into it – we failed at the Organic Box.
And, I am going to toss out the excuse that between September to the end of December, someone in our house was sick all the time. Most of the time? It was me. Under the weather and horribly sick from all the things Olivia was picking up from her one day a week daycare, I wanted to make dinner approximately 7% of the time. Plus, the extras every week were easily made into baby food with healthy and organic combinations (way less expensive than the $2 pouches I’d been conveniently buying). But, Violet started eating ‘real food’ and so veggies went to waste.
Have you noticed how much quicker than ‘regular’ produce that organic goes bad? This fact has somewhat made me stand up and take notice the fact that carrots shouldn’t last forever.
We tried it for nearly three months before I stopped the organic box for an extended holiday. For the last half – we failed at the Organic Box.
With the price increase of $5, it brings the total cost up to $55/week. Despite the increase and the fact that we failed, It’s still a frugal option you just have to be willing to put the work into it to make it for you.
We’re going to try again in the Summer when it’s easier to get local stuff that works more for the preferences of the kids/us. That, combined with a local growing co-op is going to mean fresh, local organic fruit and veggies that are easier than running around comparing prices at local stores.
Have you tried the Organic box? How did it work for your family? Do you have tips to make it successful?