Why is food so gosh darn expensive? Over the past 6 months, I have actually tracked almost every dollar we've spent on food. Some months have not been pretty. But, slowly, we have been able to whittle it down a little, while still eating really yummy and healthy food.
Well, this month I set a goal to be under a certain amount. I worked really hard to make food for Chad when he wanted to get fast food. I tried using up all we had in the freezer (there is still lots of veggies, but no meat). I planned ahead for the weekend so we wouldn't eat out as much. I gave Chad updates about how little $ we had left in the food budget. Well, we totally failed. We still went $100 over budget. I guess I still splurged. I figured if Chad were eating out less I could get the REAL maple syrup. We did get that gruyere cheese and prosciutto (because Chad came with me to the grocery store, not doing that anymore!). I did get his favorite expensive cereal. We did take some people out to eat. I made dinner for a family.
I've cooked my own beans. I've been making my own yogurt. I guess I've been eating to many veggies. I have been in love with stir-fry this month. But seriously, cabbage, onions, and celery aren't expensive! Neither is the homemade peanut sauce I put on it.
The other day my friend introduced me to a blog, 100 days of real food. It's really cool but their family must eat like birds. She buys barely any food, and manages to stretch it for a week. She buys the expensive stuff. Well, they don't eat much meat.
It's so frustrating. Maybe I just have issues. We have enough money for a big food budget if we want it. I'm not trying to say we're going in the hole because of food, AT ALL. It's just, I hate seeing what a huge number we spend on food. Honestly, it's not much smaller than our mortgage payment!!! We are a small family. Granted, we have a LOW mortgage, but still. There are 2 adults and a 3-year-old in our family. Our family does really love food, and we use it for recreation and feeling good and enjoying life. But I know we can do better.
Every month I always think we will be spend less, that I can stretch things more. I always think I can eat cheaper, but I guess I eat the same foods most of the time. I need to change it up. Duh. What's that quote? Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. I need to eat different foods. I can do this. We will meet our food budget for MARCH!