Food is expensive. Buying it myself I have come to realize that. No longer can I throw hummus, vegetarian chicken, and protein bars into my mother’s cart and assume that we have the money for it all. Now, I must choose wisely what I am willing to splurge on as I get discounted bread, non-brand name cereal, and the cheapest apples possible.
This lack of funds for all food makes following my meal plan difficult. Fresh vegetables? How would I keep those good when I am running off to work? Buying a salad at work? Have you seen the price of salads? No thank you.
Surely I am not the only person struggling between eating better and saving money. So what do you do? How do you face this dilemma?
Here are a few options that I have thought of so far:
- Eliminate the small wastes in your food spending like pop or energy drinks.
- Cook meals instead of buying them pre-made. Make enough for several days.
- Do not eat out too much and choose wisely when you do.
- Shop at cheaper stores such as Aldi’s and Trader Joe’s.
- Freeze what you do not use so that you can use it later.
Those are just a few options for saving money. I am trying to do them but struggle sometimes. Hopefully, this balance of eating my meal plan and spending the right amount will even out in the future. After all, this is just my fourth month doing this. I am allowed a trial period, right?