grocery budgettonight while exercising i was thinking about how excited i am about going to vintage duluth tomorrow to pick out a geek prom dress, and i wondered why i didn't go to the first one (my attendance was required last year as brian was playing, and i was glad to go).
then i realized it was because the ticket price was so huge to me at that time, when i was spending $5 a week on groceries for the both of us. that $5 was for crap like:
a $1 loaf of bread
$1.50 for cheese
$.80 for eggs
and maybe a cucumber & a tomato, potatoes, onions, pasta, or a jar of jalapenos, or something like that.
i made grilled cheese sandwiches & tomato soup, omelets, spicy pancakes in the oven, fried egg sandwiches, pasta, etc.
obviously, this was the pre-vegan era. we had the occasional splurge like a bottle of ketchup, jar of mayo, a $1 spice, olive oil, salt, fruit, etc. i bet our grocery budget was $25 - $30 a month all together. i now spend $30 - $50 a week on groceries, but it's not because we're vegan. it's because we have the money and can buy whatever we want to eat and do most of our shopping at the co-op. i could totally do $5 a week as an herbivore: rice/lentils/beans (alternating weekly, because $1 - $1.50 worth of any of these lasts more than 1 week), $1.50 worth of tofu, produce . . . nutritional yeast, flour, oil, whatever, when necessary.
it made me wonder about other people's groceries. like, i always used to run into chris whittier in the grocery, and i would always look in his cart. i always look at other people's stuff at the check-out line too. so, for real, i want to hear about other people's food expenditures.