We have spent WAY too much money this month on food. We’ve always ate fairly healthy, at least I like to think, and we’ve always fed Lucas lots of fruit, which he loves, but this last month we have been buying more of those healthy foods in an effort to eat more, to ultimately reach our health and fitness goals.
Eating healthier + buying more of those healthy items = $$$$ 😦 😦 #!$&!!!!!
I don’t know how I feel about the whole theory that eating healthier cost more money. I think that can be really discouraging to people who are trying to make lifestyle changes and improve their eating habits, yet don’t have the money to do so. However, there is obviously a difference if you’re spending money on ramen noodles and soda or fresh produce and whole, full meals. Right? There is quite a large difference in the price of lunches if I’m feeding Lucas mac n’ cheese out of a box every day over something else, isn’t there? I don’t think there is any denying that. It’s just the truth.
I love Chobani greek yogurt. It taste good and it’s pretty good for you. But the price tag is not. At $1.67 each, or $3/5 if you get them on “sale,” that is a lot for a yogurt, which is probably just a little snack or part of a bigger snack, don’t you think? I mean, $1.67 might not sound too bad, but if you figure I want to eat one every day, there are seven days in a week, lets say I buy them 3/$5… that’s TEN DOLLARS a week just for YOGURT. Oh, help me.
My teacher salary budget cannot afford this. Right next to the Chobani yogurts where Yoplait, which were TEN for $5. What a big difference! But, these yogurts don’t taste as good, and they’re full of sugar. I liked them at one point, but now that I’ve tried something different, I can’t go back to them! I don’t like the taste of them at all.
My milk is also expensive, at $3.29 for half a gallon. And I LOVE milk.
What about all the produce? Apples, oranges, grapes, carrots, bananas, strawberries…..
Do you think it’s frustrating that we’re ( as in you, me, us, the community..) trying to live a healthy life and feed our kids healthy, fresh, organic foods, but it’s costing us so much money to do so? What are we suppose to do? I know food prices vary depending on which part of the state you live in, and I think I happen to live in a more expensive area. We could easily buy a lot more groceries if we wanted to. Easily. But it is just so expensive these days, you really have to decide what types of food are the most important to you!
With the prices of food and gas at over $4 a gallon, I think I’m going to hide in a hole and eat Goldfish crackers with my kids for a couple years.
What do you think? Have you found it harder, or more expensive to feed you and your family healthy things? Is it worth it to you, or would you rather buy other food items and put your money elsewhere?