Sticker shock

Ok, so recently I’ve been trying really hard to eat mostly whole foods: organic, local, no hormones, pesticides, etc. 

I have discovered many fabulous foods that I would not necessarily have tried before.  I have also discovered that eating organic and local?  Is freakin’ EXPENSIVE.  Holy Mother of God.  When I first decided to try this, I read that most European countries spend an average of 15% of their income on food, and Americans average 9.9%.  I figured out what my food budget was, and realized that my food budget fell almost exactly into that 9.9%, so this month when I sat down to do my bills, I figured out what 15% would be.  I looked at the number and thought, “JESUS!  How could I POSSIBLY spend that much on food?!?!?!?!”  So I added enough money to the food budget to bring the total to about 12% of my income.

Then I went shopping at Whole Paycheck Whole Foods.  Andthe farmer’s market.  And Trader Joe’s.  I didn’t buy a lot of stuff – just a few things here and there (no, really).  I still have some meat and some other stuff in the freezer that I’m not just going to throw out, so I basically just supplemented what I’ve already got.

When it was all said and done, I spent EIGHTY DOLLARS on groceries for the week!!!  And like I said, I didn’t even buy any meat, because I still have some “not-so-local-or-organic-but-already-paid-for” meat in the freezer.  EIGHTY DOLLARS!!!!  Suddenly I understand the 15% of the income!!

::::sigh::::  My first inclination is to buy a little LESS “local/organic” and a little MORE “half-off-with-double-coupons.”  But it occurs to me that although the food budget seems like the easiest place to economize because it’s a large number of dollars, I should probably not start economizing with something that I PUT IN MY BODY.  I’m just sayin’.  So I’ll be looking for ways to strectch my money in other places, and if I need to increase my food budget, I’ll just have to figure out how. 

But, seriously.  EIGHTY DOLLARS.

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One response to “Sticker shock

  1. Well that’s been the story of my grocery shopping life for the past 2 yrs, wholefoods taking my whole paycheck…but it feels great 2 know u r putting the healthiest options out there in yr body. Now when I accidentally eat conventional foods I can feel the difference in textures, taste, etc. It’s worth it for me and as time progresses u will know how 2 wisely shop so u won’t break the bank. It’s a lot less costly for me now. K.

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