In our house, along with many households, we are saving pennies where we can. Our penny-pinching has not, however, lessened our commitment to local and organic food. I am a firm believer that the savvy consumer does not have to give up on the whole local movement to save money; just pick your battles.
What I mean by picking your battles is this: If you eat, say, two-dozen eggs in your household a week, stick with or switch to local, organic eggs. The switch will cost you two or three bucks a week, not a big deal in the grand scheme, and your local economy thanks you.
Ground beef is another battle that can be waged. Local, grass-fed beef is approximately four bucks a pound while conventional beef is approximately two dollars per pound. I realize that is double the cost, but it is also a cheap way to keep the dollars local and continue to support our local producers.
Another staple battle worth waging is for flour. Most of our flour is local anyway, but moving away from conventional flour and switching to organic is nearly an unnoticeable hit to the pocketbook, unless you bake everyday.
So, pick your battles; they need not be large, just pick 'em, and stick to them.