How did I do it? By shopping smart and substituting effort for convenience:
When I saw organic milk reduced to $2.48/gallon, I froze 2 for later and made my own yogurt. I crafted the week's meals based on what was on sale (potatoes and spinach, $1/bag). I chose fresh crudite like carrots and celery sticks over variety. It's February, after all.
Look what $50 doesn't buy--convenience foods, sodas, fancy coffee and cream. Snacks are affordable fruits like raisins, apples and bananas for the kids, nuts for my husband.
Whenever I fret about going all natural, I remember my friend Jordana's observation: I can't get obsessed about organic when there are people who don't have enough food at all.
Lord, help me to buy the best I can within my budget. Teach me not to complain while others hunger. Give me the energy to be creative with what I find.