One thing that amazes me as I read through the many ‘frugal blogs’ I subscribe to is how much money people spend on food. In November, I only spent $76.63 on groceries (plus $5.69 at a Gyro restaurant). Granted, I am a household of one, but even if you multiplied that by four my grocery spending per month would not be unreasonable. Which begs the question… just how much are ‘regular’ (aka, non-frugal) people spending each month on food? I bet the answer would astonish most of us!
I recently heard somewhere how much the average family that qualifies for food stamps receives. Let’s just say it really shocked me! I decided to do some research and found that a single person who qualified for the maximum amount in food stamps per month would receive $200 (see complete chart here). If I spent $200 on groceries for myself every month I would go broke!
Now don’t get me wrong. I am NOT knocking the food stamp program. It is actually one of the few government-run social programs that I fully support. Naturally, I wish there weren’t people out there who abused the system. But all in all, I think food stamps benefit many worthy people who are facing difficult times (including children).
No, I am not knocking the program at all. Rather, I am giving a virtual ‘high five’ to all of us frugalities out there who keep our grocery spending well below the amount our government apparently has determined it takes to feed a family of (fill-in-the-blank) per month! I feel weirdly proud about my frugal ways right now.
I am also wondering how I can keep my grocery bill so low. Especially since I am not really into couponing… at all. I do the bulk of my shopping at Aldi, so coupons are not really a viable option, anyway. I like good food. I like to think I eat good, nutritious meals… but maybe I don’t? I’m thinking of documenting my meals and doing a weekly listing – sort of like the weekly menu planning many of you post on your blogs, only after the fact (I am not yet organized to do a weekly menu plan!). What do you think? Would anyone be interested in seeing something like this?