Originally Posted by CarsonBookworm
DD and I are lactose intolerant and DH uses evaporated milk reconstituted to cook. Its a lot of monotony....same old same old. We all eat oatmeal and a small bowl of canned fruit for breakfast. DH makes his lunches for the week on Sunday (Brown rice with pepper, paprika and other spices mixed with cubed chicken) and puts them in the fridge, takes one container with him for lunch each workday. We drink water and herbal tea only. DD and I eat Steamed Baby Carrots or whatever veggie is on sale, Brown rice and 1/4 of a chicken breast each day for lunch. Dinner we eat a lot of soups, stews and casseroles for dinner. We follow a very strict meal plan. Nothing fancy.
I'd be glad to explain the price breakdown for our monthly shopping list, but give me some time to write it up.
When you eat like this, are you just counting down the days and weeks and months until you'll have more room in your budget for better food? Or are you happy with this?
I'm honestly quite curious.
I spend a lot of time and energy on our food budget, cause it's the place where I have the most lee-way. Normal months have a budget of $400. This month was $250, and next month will be $150. We're definitely looking forward to February.
When I was working, I spent what I wanted, and some months were in the $800 range for 2 people. I guess I don't understand the shock at how people could spend that much. It's not that hard.
And, no, it's not processed foods or steak every night. It's fresh breads, at least 2 vegetables with every meal, an appetizer once a week, a bottle of wine here or there, a fun meal of wings when you watch the game. That sort of stuff.