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.