Now that I shop for a family of 4, things have changed. Every day I am tackled with the following questions:
- What's for breakfast?
- What's for lunch?
- What's for dinner?
I try and use fresh produce as much as possible, and stick to whole wheat add ons. I rely heavily on veggie dogs, soy nut butter/jam, and organic chicken nuggets (which cost a boat load) for the kids. All the choices I make at the grocery store always seem to end up costing an arm and a leg. Organic is great, but pricey. Getting meats and fish that are not tainted with a gazillion poisonous chemicals costs money. And, as you probably well know, it can really get overwhelming when you go to the grocery store as much as parents do.
My days of $30 a week for food are long gone, but I am trying to think of ways I can trim our grocery bills down. We are blessed we can spend more on our food than I was able to as a student, but sometimes I wonder about whipping out the 'oll calculator and trying to stick to a shopping list a little more than I do. At the same time, I have accepted that healthy food costs, and the cost is worth it when you consider the alternative. Our diets are so intrinsically linked to our health. I am convinced that it's best to get in front of potential health problems while also setting the kids up for a lifetime of healthy eating. In the end, our health is really the most important thing we have.
So I suppose I will continue to keep our garden growing, look for the sales, try and buy bulk, and use everything that I purchase. If you have any tricks of the trade, feel free to share!