I was talking to Brian the other day about giving more money to the water project.
“If there was more, we would give it.” He said.
I was scratching my head trying to figure out where all our funds go every month.
“Groceries!” Brian offered.
“Whoa, I think you’re right.”
Groceries are always a problem for us. I will get on little kicks of going to multiple grocery stores to find specific organic items on sale. It just gets to be so much work I end up only shopping at Whole Foods.
Our worst week grocery shopping was when we first got our juicer and I wanted to make one glass of juice every day for all of us. $850 later and almost broke I had barely enough fruits and vegetables to juice for a week and about a week of meals for our family of four.
I cut it in half the following month, but it has gotten out of control.
So I asked Brian, “What if I was able to feed us organic food for $50 a week.”
Brian looked stunned, “That would be amazing, if it was a possibility. I don’t think it can be done.”
I went to Whole Foods with the intention to prove him wrong. I decided we were going to truly stick by meat only once or twice a week, most of us know it is healthier, but more importantly for our plan, it is cheaper.
The boys and I spent almost an hour in just the produce section. Then we filled in here-and-there and made our way to the checkout line.
My cart was full so that I knew we went over….
“$257.78” The checker said.
“I went $207.78 over my budget for the week.” I told her.
“You want to feed your family for a week on $50? Here?!” She exclaimed.
“Well, I guess not with that response.”
So, day one of week one was a bit of a bust.
Considering it was only the first day of this whole thing I am not totally calling it a failure. I tried, that counts for something…Right?
This week I’m going to organize better.
I’m going to scour my favorite food/recipe blogs for inspiration:
As far as where we will go to shop, think we are going to stick with Trader Joes and farmers markets…
I have a love affair with Whole Foods. Unfortunately, our budget isn’t going to allow for much (if any) shopping there. To understand my love and frustration for the store, watch below:
Do any of you have weekly organic meals on a budget? Any tips you would like to share? I would love to know!
I’ll report back next week. Hopefully, with some progress towards meeting our goal!