Payday comes & goes. I paid the mortgage, the phone, the utilities.... blah, blah, blah. But what about food? Why is nutritious food last on the priorities list? What is a reasonable budget for groceries? I think I need to re-think this one. It's not working. I don't spend anywhere near what people on the message board said they spend. It's hard to make healthy choices when all the fresh stuff is gone. it doesn't help that it is the easiest thing in the budget to flex.
Beans are cheap. Dry cheaper than canned of course but still not so bad in can. Salad is a bit costly if you think let it go to waste, but I just bought a HUGE tub of salad greens for 7 dollars that will last many meals of 3 cups each. It took me LOTs of talking to to make myself buy that. On the other hand, I have spent 7 dollars on candy bars in a heart beat before. I got that salad and I am determined to eat every last leaf. I may get some romaine to add to it, but I'll wait until I know I will mix it up. Until then each day at least 3 cups. I only buy cheese on special and try to watch which I get. Yogurt is expensive. I buy the premixed stuff for on the go, but the bigger plain variety that is cheaper and not difficulty to use at home for smoothies (with frozen berries cause now fresh is ridiculous) or even as a dressing for that salad.
Other cheaper nutritious foods include big stacks of corn tortillas. Tasty when I need a bit of a difference and not bad calorie wise and they can be frozen so again there is no waste.
I splurge when I can find a sale on 'fake' meat like morningstar farms, but I don't buy it at regular prices. I assume you do the same with fish and meat. I also find healthy breads on sale and freeze them. (not ready to bake my own yet)
Prepackaged foods are costly in many ways. I want to get the book, 'Bake the bread, buy the butter' (or something like that) which breaks down how much it costs (money and time wise) to make food rather than buy it. The author makes strong suggestions. Sounds good.
Budgeting ourselves first is important. Is there a way to reduce your utilities? etc. This stuff is not easy, but really food that is not nutritious is not much less expensive than good food if we shake up some old ways of thinking and use some creativity to shop.
PS I am exactly the same way as Cannie re eating needing to be a priority, but find if I Start eating too early I just want to eat all day long -- even if protein is involved, so I have bitten the bullet and spent the money on protien drinks that help me keep my mind off food by holding me a pretty long time. They cost more than I'd like but they are better than the candy I would have put down once upon a time.
Good luck with finding the budget that works for you, dDawn 3354 days ago
I don't know about amounts of money, but I can tell you that I have learned to budget my time to embrace "food first and foremost" because when I get too hungry, all bets are off. It does me no good to get extra chores done in the morning at the expense of eating a good, protein heavy breakfast because I will end up squandering a chunk of my day by giving into a carb-frenzy and a mini-coma later on. I think the old saying "pay yourself first" applies to both savings, and buying nutritious food. One thing I have begun doing is food-shopping a bit more frequently in an effort to reduce sticker shock, and waste. Grocery shopping still causes me some anxiety for many reasons, but I am working on it. I bet you will get more helpful comments than mine - there are a lot of smart Sparklers out there. 3354 days ago
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