It is so much cheaper to eat this:
Than it is to eat this:
I have recently been trying to be a little more “budget” when it comes to my food choices. Did you know that two pounds of food from the Whole Foods hot bar comes in at close to $20? That is an expensive dinner. A macro plate with tax and tip usually ends up around $15. Desserts (muffins, scones, etc…) are a few more bucks. Starbucks and other coffee shops are a few bucks a drink.
It all adds up. While I haven’t exactly had a problem yet with overspending on food, I do feel a bit guilty for it. Growing up we ate out rarely and I know that our food bills were low. I like eating well. I like cooking but I have very little time these days. I also have difficulty keeping food in my house without eating it all at once. (Groceries end up being just as expensive as eating out because I have to buy fresh groceries every day. When I buy treats or even just veggies they disappear way too fast. This is an issue for another post though.)
Anyway, I’m struggling to find cheap healthy options. The Subway footlong is great, but I can’t have it for every single meal. I’ve tried – it gets boring. I am finally understanding how difficult it is for people who are on a budget to eat good, whole foods.
Food Budgeting that I’ve done so far:
- Stopped buying gum (this is over $1 a pack)
- Stopped buying drinks at coffee shops except for rare occasions (like if I’m on a date with Bobby)
- Eating in for brunch on the weekends
- Sandwiches for lunch and/or dinner – Subway footlongs, grilled cheese, bagels, etc…
- Fewer WF prepared foods bar purchases
- Fewer snacky/treat purchases
But I still miss my macro plates and gigantic salads.
How do you save money when you’re buying food? Does anyone else have my problem of grocery shopping but eating up all the food before you had planned?
(I hope I am explaining that properly. It’s not like I’m trying to eat less – I just have difficulty saving food for later. Instead of eating something like an extra cup of brown rice at dinner and lunch I will instead eat lots of the stuff that I just bought. Does that make sense?)