I am very curious these days about cost-of-living in different places. At a glance, I notice there are wild fluctuations regarding this subject, so I'd like to hear more about the specifics.
I know we all have different types of diets and budgets and, therefore, different spending habits. But I want to probe even further than that. Let me give you my story as an example:
We are a vegan/veggie family of four who eat about 70-80% raw food (produce). We eat all organic everything, which is quite pricey anywhere, geographically speaking. One of our issues is that we are all very stubborn about our food choices in the sense that, say, we're having a tight month ($ wise) but still everyone in my family expects their usual food choices to be available to them. Like right now, certain vegetable prices are are especially high in our area due to the recent CA rains. So we're paying twice as much for lettuce, cukes, etc., yet my dh still wants me to buy as much as usual, which is lots (
). Plus, I think we're spoiled in that some of us in my family (I'm not going to name names... let's just say that it's 'those who do not do the food shopping'....
) are addicted to high-price items like organic almond butter which is $8/16 oz. at TJ's (heck, it's like $14 for the same thing at Wild Oats, etc.!) and go through about 2 jars (16oz each) a week!
We compensate, financially speaking, by eating out only when family is in town visitng (about 4x a year) and also to adhere to our rather strict diet. Also, we have mutually decided that we are willing to sacrifice other things in order to eat the best food we can, because that is very important to us. All in all, we end up spending about $800+/- per month on food.
So I guess this is a 'priorities/values' question, too.