Ouch! Our highest bill yet. There’s a few reasons why we spent so much:
1. We stocked up on a years worth of honey
It’s honey season in Paonia, we stocked up for the year.
The first round of peaches came out, we bought up two flats. Renee made 2 pies, I ate a lot of peaches. Fresh, beyond organic peaches are about twice as much as what you’d find in the produce section at the grocery.
3. Natural Grocers turned 60, we celebrated
I bought a couple of t-shirts, bought some samples of stuff we probably wouldn’t otherwise buy.
4. Some extra expenses
We bought 4, reusable produce bags from Hands On Hemp. They’re a great investment, we’ll be buying more. Not a big expense, but an extra expense none the less.
We were out of nuts and goji’s. Goji berries are $13.49 a bag. Almonds are $12.49 a bag, walnuts are $8.49 a bag, cashews are $7.49 a bag.
5. We had some guests
My brother and his husband were here, Renee’s brother was here. Bonus is we turned others on to eating this way. My brother and his husband loved the food. They’re going to give it a try, hopefully buy The Plantpower Way. It’s cool to spread the message.
September will be much better. Keeping track of the food cost has pushed Renee to lower the costs. She made a big bowl of beans and rice, a big bowl of Sardinia Minestrone, and some disco soup. We weren’t eating enough beans and rice, we needed to. Making disco soup used up veggies that otherwise would have gone bad. So right now, we’ve got probably two weeks of meals already made. And we’re learning how to eat everything we buy.
So $1282.03 is definitely too much, most people can’t afford it. Our goal is to eat entirely beyond organic and keep the monthly food bill under $1000.00 for sure, under $900.00 is even better. We’re working on it.