I’m strictly budgeting my money by buying everything with cash. I’m cooking more, so I’m buying the groceries for the household now. We have fresh produce and most of it organic. Somehow, we are saving a lot of money and eating a lot better at the same time. It doesn’t make any sense based on what I’d read and heard but I’m grateful.
I’ve always been told that it was cheaper to buy prepackaged and conventional, but healthier to eat fresh and organic. I decided to start small and build up. It started with a box of organic oatmeal. Then I got some organic apples. Then I started buying organic as much as possible. I didn’t see that much difference in price. Somehow I was able to justify it even while living on a strict budget. Perhaps I eat less food. Perhaps I’m just more mindful about what I eat. I don’t know, but it seems to be balancing out. Better food and saving money – win/win.
I think part of it is that we aren’t eating out nearly as often. We have fresh food that needs to be eaten. If we don’t eat it, it goes to waste. If you are saving money, wasting food is tops on the list of dumb things to do. Somehow I’ve realized that it is just as fast to cook our own food at home rather than go out and wait for food at a restaurant. I’ve also realized that when I cook, I know what went into the food. I know the amount of butter and salt. I know that all the ingredients are the best they can be. There are no surprises.
I’m not cooking gourmet meals, but they are tasty and healthful. I don’t follow recipes. I follow general guidelines instead. I think all the time I spent watching cooking shows on PBS has helped me to understand the general idea of cooking. It is easy to cook and eat right, and it is cheaper than I was led to believe. If I can do it, anybody can. It just requires a start.