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The Rest of the Story with Rich the Pharmacist. Part 2 of 2.

I don’t buy that baloney. (In more ways than one.) If you eat hot dogs and soda on a regular basis, you’re almost certainly spending lots of money on doctor bills. Or you’re about to, as springs start to break loose in your internal box spring. Your health insurance company is going broke, too. I […]

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The NASTIEST green smoothie ever…a war is brewing…and Samantha’s blog

Today I filmed inside a closed Good Earth store, where the Wilberts, Cornias, and Total Care Dental got the following fun surprises: $50/week for the next 2 months in groceries from The Good Earth, presented by co-owner Scott Howard $50/week for the next 2 months in groceries from SunWarrior, plus free protein powder, Liquid Light, […]

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door-to-door meat salesmen

I just answered my front door and thought you would like this: Salesman: “Do you like chicken or beef?” Me: “Neither! We like to eat plants. We serve a more or less vegetarian diet here.” Salesman: “What if it’s only $2/lb.?” Me, big smile: “Even if it were free!” Salesman, face falling: “Oh. Sometimes people […]

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Power foods? Really?

I saw a People Magazine article last week about 10 “power foods.” They listed agave, along with the aggressively marketed, uber-expensive acai and goji berries. Now I’m not going to diss  acai and goji, which are certainly high in antioxidants. But if you’re trying to adhere to a budget, do you really want to pay […]

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So you’re trying to get kids to eat right!

You’re raising kids (or maybe helping with your grandkids)?  You and me both, my friend!  I’m raising four—two boys and two girls. They all have different personalities, interests, and temperaments. Your kids are “picky,” you say? I get that. I’ve got two kids like that. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I […]

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national study on grocery budgeting

How much does the average family spend on groceries?   Nationwide, according to the USDA, here it is:   Two adults: $361 thrifty / $459 low-cost / $569 moderate / $711 liberal   Two adults and 2 kids under 11: $603 thrifty / $779 low-cost / $974 moderate / $1,182 liberal   Spending for my […]

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High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 2 of 2

THINGS I BUY AT COSTCO:   $25.50 olive oil (two 2-ltr. Bottles) or $13 for 1.5 ltr. bottle of organic $11 34-oz. balsamic vinegar $7.50 for two jars of 28-oz. natural, organic peanut butter $5.70   giant box of Grape Nuts (64 oz.) (for emergency or traveling breakfasts)   THINGS I BUY OTHER PLACES:   […]

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High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 1 of 2

I’ve been asked for a list of prices I pay for high-nutrition items you will want to buy regularly if you’re maximizing fresh produce and whole plant foods in your diet.   These are my “staples” that you’ll notice are rather different from what’s in most pantries (or long-term food storage).   Buying agave or […]

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