Right now is a good time to learn to budget your food with the price of food expected to soar another 5% by next year. Plant a garden, go to the farmer's market, buy local, stock up on dry goods, cut coupons, look at ads, go where the sales are and don't forget your list! I want all to recognize that buying local or organic is the way to go. When you think about it, what sense does it make flying food hundreds or thousands of miles to get to us. We need farms surrounding citites and the people of the city supporting the farms. Though organic and local foods are not considered the cheapest, if you take part in this food revolution that is happening today, then maybe they won't be. Another idea for lowering your food cost is to simply put your portion size in check. It is loudly known that America has giant portions. Sometimes I get a bit irritated by this stereotype, but it is what we make it. Food is our nourishment, it was made to support our bodies and give us the vitality we need to live. So when you are planning a meal think of that. A classic example is the food pyramid. Remember, serving sizes are the size of your fist, not your plate. Check this: a serving of whole grains is equal to one slice of bread of a 1/2 cup of pasta. You might not need as much grub as you think. If you are overweight think of how much your food bill is and slash it by a 1/3 and thats what it would be like if you were a couple pounds lighter. Dr. Oz just had an episode showing how expensive it is to be overweight. Just based on the food intake and medical bills due to illness connected with obesity.
Lastly, I must say something about the price of meat. Vegan shopping is much cheaper than omnivore shopping. I have forgotten what the cost of a brick of cheese is, let alone the unknown price of a T-bone or a pound of chicken breast. I've looked and know that those items wouldn't fit into my budget. When you buy whole foods such as brown rice, french lentils or pinto beans you open up many possibilities and save a lot of money on your protein. Dried legumes also have a very long shelf life. I have also found buying some vegetables frozen, particulary ones that are not in season, can lower your bill too! Not only are they cheap and offered in organic, but are often found to be more nutritious. I can proudly say our 2-week grocery bill for 2 was just $98.00. We shopped around and even bought beer!