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A graph of my food spending

June 20th, 2010 at 01:30 am

This is a graph of my food spending - including groceries and restaurants - since January 2010. Huge improvement as you can see. Smile



January and February were high because I was buying all of my groceries at Whole Foods - never again.

March was actually a really good month. I switched to farmer's markets and CSA instead of Whole Foods. March is high because it includes the $450 up-front cost of my CSA share, which gives me organic vegetables once a week for the entire summer and fall.

April was a good month for groceries but I was eating out pretty frequently (and my favorite restaurants are usually about $40 per person per meal including tip)

May and June I think I did great. I ate out once or twice a month and continued to buy 90% of my food from local farmers.

Even though I'm halfway through June, I actually don't need to spend anything else on food this month, and I probably don't need to spend anything on food well into July either - I have a freezer full of locally raised, grass-fed meat, and my weekly box of organic vegetables is paid for. Meat and vegetables are the base of the food pyramid for the grain-free, sugar-free eating plan that I'm following, so I'm all set for quite some time. (I'm following the Paleo Diet ... it has done wonders for my health and energy level, and it my completely cured my acne, but that's a story for another day!)

Anyway, I don't need to buy food for a while now. I expect food spending in July to be even lower since I already have so much food on hand.

I also have a variety of nice loose-leaf tea for work and home (which I include in my food budget because it's edible!) I think my tea stash should last a few weeks at least, although I'll probably replenish it in July.

I'm pretty happy with this improvement!

3 Responses to “A graph of my food spending”

  1. Elisabeth Says:

    A picture says a thousand words, doesn't it. I love how your graph slopes down, down, down each month. Good job!

  2. Ralph Says:

    Awesome! Nice work, and thanks for sharing it in such a demonstrative way.

  3. Jerry Says:

    I would love it if we could afford to get all of our food at Whole Foods (or equivalent), or even better from local growers... but it leads to a big expense which is more than we can afford at the moment. Fortunately, though, if you can afford it then you have the insurance of less additives and often better produce.
    Jerry

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