I do this every month. I do one big grocery trip, so that I can just make little trips throughout the rest of the month. And then I freak out about how much the big grocery trip costs.
It cost a little more than it usually does. I spend a little under $250. That’s about average for the months when I actually cook at home and have people over once or twice a week. It’s $150 under my grocery budget (which includes money for coffee and wine, which the majority of that remaining $150 will go to).
I know that it’s okay. I know that it fits into my budget. I know that the locally sourced, organic meat, dairy, and vegetables are good choices. I know that buying this food means that I am more likely not to eat fast food, and that definitely saves me money in the long run. I know that this is better for me. I know all of this in my head.
But *hyperventilates a little*
I am thankful. There was a time when I couldn’t spend $250 (much less $400) on groceries every month, because I couldn’t afford it. Good food doesn’t help you if you have to give up electricity or rent to buy it.
I want everyone to be able to afford to eat like this. I mean, I like ramen noodles as much as the next person (okay, maybe a little more), but it’s nice to be able to have options.
As I type this, the house smells like caponata. It’s almost ready. Just a little while longer.
And it’s starting to rain. ❤
Despite the mild freak out and going to the grocery store on a Saturday (ugh…the worst!), this has been an excellent day.
Themes, Observations, and Lessons:
– I’m gonna need payday to fall earlier in the week. This shopping on the weekend nonsense is, well, nonsense.
– Caponata is definitely making an appearance at a Supper Club night.
– So happy and thankful tonight.