Eating Up The Budget
I have been trying to find out exactly what “clean eating” is. I have found different definitions for the term. Some feel that it is just eating food in its most natural state: free of preservatives and artificial ingredients. Others think that it is any food with more than one ingredient. But by that definition, even homemade pizza and muffins would be “dirty”. It usually includes eating grass-fed and organic meat and dairy products as well.
I am uncertain of where to go from here in terms of meal planning after being a Sneaky Chef and then sticking to the Insanity meal plan. It has been frustrating since the end of Insanity. I am trying to figure out a healthy meal plan that will work for our family and budget. By looking at more varieties of recipes, I hope to create a wider range of options to choose from when planning. I will continue to try and work around what is on sale and in season as well.
When it comes to the budget, I have been dividing the monthly amount by the number of weeks so I don’t end up spending all our food money at once. I also find that I need to actually use the money that is budgeted for groceries. We only budget $200 a month for a family of 3. On food stamps, a family of 3 is allowed a maximum of $526 a month. I wish I had that kind of cash to spend on all organic goods. That seems like an exorbitant amount of money. But then again, now even McDonald’s will take EBT cards.
We are very blessed with what we have. God will help me figure out my new way of creating a food plan and stretching our budget more effectively. I will just pray to get through this frustrating transition time.