Last week I released my first meal plan as a free download for anyone signing up for my mailing list. The meal plan has a page devoted to getting started with the plan but that is necessarily brief, so I wanted to share a few more thoughts with everyone on how best to work the… Continue reading Making the Most of Granny’s Free Meal Plan
I've had a few questions come up about the details of what we were eating to get by on $6.25 a day. A few seemed skeptical that this figure is correct. I thought that today, we could go over it in some detail. Now, mind you, I'm mining my memory to recall the details of what our meals were like, since the figure is based on the previous years food expenses. I am quite sure the figure is correct though. I keep very careful records :-).
Realizing that we need to change the way we eat is stressful. Realizing that the changes needed look to be very expensive can cause a lot of anxiety! What's the antidote for this stress? Realizing that a perfect diet isn't possible and that a mostly good diet can be very affordable!
Last week in "Strategies to Reduce Real Food Costs" we looked at a number of different ways to bring the cost of food down for your family. Two weeks ago we examined real world real food budgets and compared them with the average food budget. We found that real food budgets are the same or smaller than the USDA average food budget making real food eating amongst the most economical ways to eat.
Last week in "Real Food vs Average Food Budgets" we compared several real food budgets to the USDA average food budget and found that on average real food budgets are the same or cheaper than the average household food budget. This leaves many wondering just how this is accomplished?
The general perception is the real food is really, really expensive! Far out of range for the average person to have more than occasionally. They don't call Whole Foods Whole Paycheck for nothing ;-). Well, maybe Whole Foods as a grocery store is really expensive, but does it follow that real food eating is much more expensive? To answer that question we need to know just how much do people spend on food on average on both an average diet and a real food diet.
This is a pretty big subject so I plan to make this a series covering the cost of real food and applying the 80/20 rule to managing your time and money in the kitchen in depth. Would switching to a real foods diet break your budget? On first glance, it seems the answer is yes.… Continue reading Real Food Economics 101: Is Real Food Really More Expensive?