It's time to up the budget.
Over the summer my husband and I made a decision that we needed to eat more whole foods or healthier foods. What does this mean? More fresh fruits and vegetables at a time when the prices are going sky high.
I just got home from the grocery store on my every other day trip. Now keep in mind that we have 5 people that I am feeding at this time. Here is what I purchased:
1 gallon of 1% milk @ $3.09
Watermelon @ .69 a lb. - total $5.20
1 Whole Fresh Pineapple - $2.99
Bartlett Pears @ .98 a lb. – total $4.47
Kiwi Fruit – 5 for $2.00
Plums @ $1.79 lb. – total $3.10
1 Mango - .67
Gala Apples @ $1.29 lb. - $6.04
Bananas @.59 - $1.70
Last year per my records I spent the following on the same items, except the mango which is something new that we are now buying.
1 gallon of 1% milk @ $2.69
Watermelon @ .33 lb.
Fresh Pineapple - $1.99
Bartlett Pears @ .49 lb.
Kiwi Fruit - .33 each
Plums @ .99 lb.
Gala Apples - .69 lb.
Bananas - .33 lb.
The apples and pears were a good deal so I purchased several pounds. On Saturday I purchased a lot of vegetables such as leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, fresh mushrooms, red and green peppers and carrots.
My husband and I along with the two college girls that live with us are eating more and more fresh fruits and vegetables. A lot of this is due to the fact that my husband is an athlete, the girls are college athletes and I am doing my best to make a lifestyle change and increase my physical activity. Yesterday I biked a total of 11 miles on our local bike trail. As a side note, there is not a bike seat out there that is very comfortable for a long ride.
As to our son, well he isn’t much of a healthy eater and since he is 19 years old, I don’t push him. It has to be his choice and I can’t make him eat fresh fruits or vegetables.
So how are we fitting this into our budget? I don’t like to overspend. Back in June I made a conscientious decision to increase our income. It was then that I took a job at the public library working Saturday afternoons. It is only 5 hours a week right now and that is fine as it doesn’t interfere with what I want to do at home. Also last month I had a neighbor approach me about watching her son 4 days after school. He is a delightful boy and so I said yes. It is the income from the library and daycare that I am using to offset the rise in grocery prices. Originally this extra income was going to go towards home improvement projects but now it is going towards "body improvement."
Sometimes you just have to be creative and bite the bullet and go out and find a way to earn some extra income. I have been fortunate in that working Saturday afternoons and watching a 7 year old little boy after school 4 days a week doesn’t change my lifestyle much. In fact I think both of these “jobs” enhance my life. I am meeting new people through the library and the little boy is my “grandma in training” job for that someday when I will be a grandma.