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Super Deal on Dr Bronner’s (and other Whole Foods deals)

We don’t shop at Whole Foods frequently but I happened to be in the neighborhood today with a few minutes to spare. I’m very glad I went in. They have 32 oz bottles of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap on sale for 40% off for the next four days. I bought two of the peppermint, which … Continue reading

Storing Bulk Purchases

Buying in bulk will save you significant amounts of money on real food but figuring out what to do with a 25 lb bag of rice can be complicated. You want your food to stay fresh for as long as possible; you don’t save any money if half of your purchase spoils. I have found … Continue reading

Buy Local: Raw Honey

image credit A quick google search will give you lots of information on the health benefits of raw honey so there is no need to delve deeper there. What are good sources in our area? What is the most economical source? As with all quality food, cheaper isn’t always (usually) better, but even some less … Continue reading

Chinook Book!

I started this post with an exclamation because I really enjoy the Chinook Book. I have been buying or receiving one as a gift for the last five or six years and it has many valuable coupons for local merchants. It is full of coupons that make it well worth the $20 purchase price but I … Continue reading


I’ve been a little uncertain as I think of where to go with this blog. I have so many local sources that I really love but a key to a sustainable local economy is diversity. We can’t all buy from the same local farm. So, for my own sake, I will restate my purpose in … Continue reading

What’s your preference?

I recently bought myself a 99% cacao dark chocolate bar. Yikes! I regularly eat 75-85% but this was too dark! How dark do you like your chocolate?

Stretch your Dollars: Oats

Oats (either rolled or in the whole form as groats) are a great supplement to your diet and an inexpensive breakfast option. We enjoy oatmeal three or four times a week. The best local price on organic oats that I’ve found is from Azure Standard. At around .70 a pound when you purchase in the … Continue reading

Great Bread at an Affordable Price

When we are in busier seasons of life, the best choice for our family has been to purchase our bread. The best resource for us is The  Healthy Bread Store in Milwaukie. When you purchase 12 or loaves each loaf is then $1.50-2.50. Put it in your freezer and enjoy! We love Dave’s Killer Bread … Continue reading

Costco Price List

Shopping at Costco can be an excellent way to make your food dollars stretch further. While not a local business, they do offer living wages with good benefits to employees. We shop at Costco every one to two months, and we share our membership with my parents to keep it affordable. I have 5-10 products … Continue reading

Local Buying Clubs

A buying club is a community of people who pool their resources to make bulk buys, usually on food items. Portland has a wealth of these and finding one in your neighborhood would be well worth your while. Buying clubs are the primary reason our family is able to eat well on a small budget … Continue reading