By Jan Hoadley, slowmoneyfarm.com
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 2:00 PM CST
The discussion can get heated when talking about the idea of food prices going up, or of one management style creating higher cost food than another. Food author Michael Pollan famously said eggs should cost $8 per dozen. Never mind the many folks who can’t afford that.
We offer food choices. If someone wants a story, transparency to know how their food was raised and options, that’s why we’re here. We don’t do high volume for the masses in cities, but provide choices. Yes it costs a bit more in some cases, or takes a little more time or effort. And we get it that not everyone wants to do that.
So for those who don’t, what do they eat if larger operations don’t exist? And beyond that if you can have one tablespoon of peanut butter of an organic brand, or three of the ordinary store brand, which do you choose? Should everyone else choose the same, and if that’s a requirement, are you willing to buy the organic for several of your neighbors who can’t afford the increase? Perhaps they choose the generic because that’s all they could afford.
Still there’s a balance. Needs vs wants. Just because you can eat a dozen cupcakes all at one sitting doesn’t mean you should. Value. Balance. Moderation.
One good, functional coat is better than five that aren’t heavy enough to keep you warm. A good quality item that lasts is a better value than ten that break, in most cases. Quality. Value. It makes a difference.
Surround yourself with things that you love. Just because something is a great deal doesn’t mean you should buy it. Great songs have been passed on by great singers because it wasn’t the right song for them. Embrace the lifestyle that works with you, in quality even if that choice is less quantity. There’s a library worth of books available with tips on clutter, cleaning and like topics. Thousands of dollars are spent on storage areas for “stuff” we don’t have room for in the house.
Keep what you use and what you enjoy. Don’t be a slave to things.