Sunday, May 29, 2011
It ain't cheap
Eating healthy isn't cheap. Today we bought our groceries for the week, and the bill came to $160 - that's food for the two of us for the week, no cleaning supplies or personal care products included.
And I had three coupons, and was careful to shop for sale items.
But if we went out to eat, dinner rarely would come to less than $40. Fresh produce, fish and whole-grain bread might be more expensive than pizza pops and kraft dinner, but we'll feel more satisfied with what we're eating. Snacks from the vending machine or corner store add up, and are certainly more money than an apple or a dish of carrots and hummus.
We're fortunate enough (at least this week!) to be able to afford to buy healthy food - but it shouldn't have to be a privilege, in my opinion. Fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat milk, lean meat or canned spaghetti, frozen dinners and boxed macaron. It shouldn't have to be such a hard choice.
Is the price of healthier food a deterrent for you? Do you find yourself planning less healthy, less expensive meals? How do you find a common ground between the two - budget and diet plan?