Holy humidity! I just got back from a 4.5 mile run (ran 3 miles, walked 1.5) and I was huffing it today. The air was super thick and muggy. I wanted to get out this morning because it’s supposed to storm here later and I didn’t feel like hitting up the treadmill.
When I go to the food store, I tend to get stares…not because I’m so pretty…but because my cart is usually over flowing. I get questions about how many people I’m feeding, the food I’m buying and just general laughs about how I can barely fit anything else in the cart. And remember, all of this is for 2 people..only.
It’s a running joke that not only is my cart packed, but so is my fridge. On Fridays, when I food shop you can barely close it, but come Thursday it’s almost completely empty. We go through A LOT of food in my house and we spend A LOT of money on groceries. So with all that food/produce/money spent how do we still save money?
I spend anywhere from $115-$150 a week on groceries and that’s not including specialty items bought from Amazon and iHerb.com.
First, we rarely eat out. If we do, it’s 1-2 times a week and we try to not spend a lot of money. (Obviously, this doesn’t include special occasions or dinners out with friends.) So when we spend $150 a week on groceries, that is for 2 people. So say, 7 days in the week, 3 meals a day is 21 meals. Say 20 meals, (for the 1 we do eat out) for 2 people equals 40 meals. $150 divided by 40 meals is $3.75 a meal. Where can you eat an organic, healthy, fresh meal for $3.75?
No where. Which, is why we eat home…A LOT.
We figured this out 3 years ago when we were wondering where the heck all our money was going. We sat down and looked at our bills over the past 2 months and realized we were spending $100 on food for the week and almost $150 a WEEK on going out to eat. That was about 1 nice meal and 2 other meals throughout the week. That is $1000 a MONTH and $12, 000 a YEAR on FOOD! Now, with cutting going out to eat and spending more on groceries, we spend about $175 a week on food, which is $700 a month, which is $8400 a year. A savings of almost $4,000!
I really encourage you to sit down and take a look at your going out to eat budget! You will be BLOWN away by what you find! Pick a meal or two a week and eat in and that money will really add up!