Spending Less For Food, But Not Too Low

I found an inspiring article on Small Notebook concerning food spending and how spending less is not necessarily the answer – blog comments are equally inspiring!

Find Your Family’s Own Unique Budget Needs

Comparing what your family spends for groceries to another family can lead you down the path to frustration & self-doubt. Every family’s needs & values are unique. Just because there is a food blogger spending only $250 per month for their family of four doesn’t mean that is the best direction for your family! Do find inspiration from other frugal budgeters, but don’t try to fit your family’s spending into their food budget, because everyone’s circumstances are different!

Spending Less But Getting Sicker

Back many many years ago, when food was REAL, families spent a lot more of their income on groceries (25% vs 10%). Most of us now have (more important) cell phone and internet to pay for, so food has become somewhat of an afterthought.

Big Food has taken advantage by producing subpar food products that can be sold for much less than healthier alternatives. Cheap food gives the illusion of frugality, but in reality, it’s damaging our bodies and our way of life!

Worse, while we’re spending LESS, we’re actually eating MORE! Calories are through the roof and meat consumption is out of control, polluting our bodies and environment. More Americans are obese, and chronic (deadly) illnesses like diabetes and heart disease are becoming the norm, pushing our medical expenses higher!

So yes, I am still trying to curb my grocery spending and stick to a reasonable food budget, but I have to remember that food quality MUST remain the most important aspect vs price!

2 thoughts on “Spending Less For Food, But Not Too Low”

  1. SO true, but as you and I have blogged & conversed about before, the whole “it’s too expensive to eat healthy!” argument really doesn’t hold water when one really analyzes it. Sure, instant mac & cheese and hot dogs are cheap (as is soda) but healthy whole foods like chicken breast, ground turkey (especially when bought in bulk), canned salmon or tuna, dried beans, frozen vegetables, fresh fruit (bananas, specifically…apples and oranges in season) and eggs are very inexpensive and versatile and deliver nutrition. I am astonished by people who freak out that I spend $6 on a loaf of Ezekiel bread (that lasts my family of 4 at least five days) and lament the “high cost of whole foods”…and don’t blink an eye at their own $6/day Starbucks drink habit (or worse). ;) Everything’s a choice…

  2. I can totally relate to this post!! People need to analyze what they eat vs. their trips to the Dr. and stop whining about how expensive food is. You are what you eat! Eat bad food, and your body is in bad health – plain and simple.

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