A comment from a reader has left me thinking a lot lately:
I used to work for the web design company that did the Super Suppers website. I’ve read the recipes. What you’re buying isn’t food. They get everything in pre-packaged convenience packs from Sysco. It’s the worst, most overprocessed crap you can imagine. After reading what actually goes into the recipes you make at the store I would never in a million years eat there. It’s far healthier and quicker to poach a chicken breast and steam some veggies at home.
On one hand, this comment raises some valid concerns about how we get our food. On the other hand, it perpetuates a myth that some food is “safe” and others are not. Here’s how I see it: unless you’ve raised a particular vegetable, fruit, or animal yourself and then prepared it for eating, you can never be entirely sure how it was treated in the process. If you go down the road of being paranoid about one food source, you start down a slippery slope that leaves you in an agrarian community. Trust me – I’ve seen some food processing on those veggies that the commenter steamed above that scared me deeply – chemical treatments from start to finish, dye spraying to make them appear fresher, and I’ve even seen this stuff happen in places that are supposedly “organic.” I prefer to utilize places that minimize food processing and I do like to grow some of my own food, but I have to draw a line at some point in the sand, and for me, that’s at the line of FDA approval. I look forward to comments on this.
How To Start A Family Without Breaking The Bank I think this article left out the most important thing: be absolutely sure you’re ready to dive into parenthood. If you’re not sure, wait. A child deserves all of the love and protection you can offer, and if you can offer that, then many of the other pieces fall into place. (@ get rich slowly)
Feeling Poor? Things I Forget About That Don’t Cost A Thing A nice reminder of the simpler things. (@ wise bread)
The Simple Dollar Retro: Twenty Places To Hide Money At Home Besides Under Your Mattress This was part of an ongoing discussion about having a cash reserve for serious emergencies, like a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, riots, etc.