Ok, there once was a time when I was very good at meal planning and budgeting my money for groceries. Now that I have a baby, and I work part-time I need help finding my penny pinching self again. I was just going over my finances for the month so far and I realized that we have spend $400 on food so far and we are only half way through the month!
I am shocked, mad, and totally disapointed in myself.
I do most of my shopping at Whole Foods, which partially explains the problem, but also because they have all the vegan goodies we love. Another reason why is because the quality of the food is better, and we can get all our fake meat stuff (which my husband cannot live without). I went to a conventional grocery store the other day and was looking at their produce which looked aweful, like it had been sitting there for a month! That makes me not want to shop at those stores at all, not that I want very many things from them anyways.
So I figure I just need to plan out some meals and go to the store with a list of what I need, rather than what I want, and a set about of spending money. Does this sound like a good start? Any other suggestions?
Meal planning will help a great deal I bet.
Have you looked at any other sources for your fake meat? A coworker bought a case of some product that Wild Oats no longer carries. I think it was a bit cheaper that way, and she knows she will use it.
Since fresh produce is important to you, is gardening an option - either in containers or in the ground?
Do you buy much processed/packaged food (like frozen entrees), or is it mostly the faux meat and produce that is setting you back? I've starting making breakfast and regular burritos for the freezer. So much cheaper! And probably healthier.