Now that youâ€™ve gotten through that excellent, grammatically correct title, I have a confession. Sharing our weekly 预算 has started to mess with me.Â I like approaching topics like this because I enjoy sharing what it costs to eat the meals we have 上 a regular basis and hearing how others make food 预算s work. However, inevitably when discussing money, things get uncomfortable. Iâ€™ve gotten multiple emails from people asking what percentage of income should go towards food or what amount is reasonable to spend each month. This makes me squeamish because I am not a financial expert and it truly is so personal.
Iâ€™ve shared before that 我不â€™t buy everything organic, but try to as often as possible, especially if itâ€™s something Hailey will be eating. Meats and produce take precedent, but lately, with the 预算, Iâ€™ve let the rest of it mostly fall by the wayside.
但是，在上个周末我做了关于个人健康的演讲后，我对家人保持一致饮食质量的重要性表示不满。我确实将其视为对我们健康的投资。我并不想追求完美或全有机的24/7（我仍然会在约会之夜吃些多香果奶酪或在诺曼小酒馆（Lake Norman Tavern）吃些油腻的土豆饼），但我已经将注意力重新放在了我带回家的物品。
Since sharing the 预算, I started buying the cheapest version of some items, like sour cream, to save $0.50. The purpose of our 预算 was to keep an accurate count 上 how much we 需要 to set aside each month to eat the way we want to eat. It was not designed to have me buy the cheapest food possible, but rather to just make us aware of what we were spending. After all, knowledge is power. However, I realized I was competing with myself to shave off a few bucks and sacrificing quality to do so.
It left me feeling stressed and frustrated. Sometimes I was even a little snappy when David bought his $10 six pack of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA without consulting the 预算 first. But beer is his thing. He works his butt off. Shouldnâ€™t he be able to have a nice beer if he wants 上 e without me getting snippy? I think so.
I certainly still 计划 上 sharing the rest of the monthâ€™s 预算 and things Iâ€™ve learned with you. However, please know Iâ€™m just sharing what works for us, not trying to dictate what others should do. I AM about learning how to save money while eating good food, like by using bulk bins. However, Iâ€™m not willing to sacrifice the quality of our food to save a few bucks.
I no longer view going over the 预算 as failing. Who knows, I might still wind up under 预算, but 我不â€™t want to eat beans and rice all next week just so I can tell you guys that “我做到了！” 那 wouldnâ€™t be honest.
谢谢 珍 for letting me hijack 世界女武会 for a rambling 预算 discussion
How do you manage the quality/budget aspect of meal 计划ning?