This is Part V of the “31 Days of Healthy Living” series.
Did you know that the average American eats out 4-5 times a week?
Did you know that the average household grocery bill is $70/week per person?
Did you also know that the average American throws away 14% of what they buy, due to spoilage and waste?
In other words, healthy eating can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. And it certainly doesn’t need to be the first thing taken under fire when food budgets get cut.
(according to these numbers, cutting back on wastage or eating out might be the better targets!)
One of my New Year’s Resolutions has been to reduce that average cost of $70/week per person to $60/week per person. That comes out to be $180/week for this household, which isn’t easy now that food costs are rising, rising, rising!
I thought it would be fun to take a look at what $180 came out to look like…
- 2 gallons of 1% milk
- 2 half gallons of lite vanilla soymilk
- 2 fat free stoneyfield yogurts
- 1 half gallon of low-fat vanilla ice cream
- 1 low-fat sour cream
- 2 pounds tilapia
- 8-oz half and half
- 50% reduced-fat Cabot cheddar cheese
- 1 low-fat Cabot greek yogurt
- 8-oz heavy cream
- 1-1/2 pounds white mushrooms
- 32-oz. organic mixed greens
- butternut squash
- 1 bunch organic kale
- 1 bunch organic swiss chard
- 1 brussel sprout stalk
- fresh salsa
- 7 roma tomatoes
- organic mint and chives
- organic frozen asparagus
- 5 pounds potatoes
- 10 parsnips
- 1 daikon radish
- 2 fennel
- 1 garlic
- 9 cortland apples
- 3 golden delicious apples
- 2 red grapefruit
- 16-oz frozen blueberries
- 3 large bunches of bananas (unpictured)
- 24-pack of ginger ale (for “feeling sick” emergencies!)…unpictured
- saltines (same reason as above!)
- chocolate mint teasemi-sweet chocolate
- whole wheat tortillas
Question: Have you cut back on groceries over the years? What do you spend the most on and how do manage to still fit in your favorites?