Not everyone has a large budget for food. Even those of us needing to eat healthy have to keep costs down. Doing so is not always easy.
A few years back I came across the USDA Thrifty Food Plan, and wanted to share it with you. There are weeks when I’m lucky if I have $10.00 to spend on food. Those weeks find me depleting my pantry stocks. Then there are weeks when I can spend $40.00 plus and extra $10.00 or $20.00 to replenish the pantry somewhat. These are my lucky weeks.
More often than not, I spend around $35.00.
This is what the USDA says the food plan costs were for January 2018 for 1 female my age:
$38.00 Thrifty Plan $164.70
$48.10 Low-Cost Plan $208.50
$59.10 Moderate-Cost Plan $256.00
$75.70 Liberal Plan $328.00
I dream of having enough money for the liberal plan every week/month, lol. I am definitely closer to the Thrifty Plan. You can see where your family would be here. (It goes by age.) Where are you?
I try to get a fruit for each day, plus plenty of vegetables and enough protein for each day, with my money. Some weeks are easier than others to pull this off. Generally, I get the most affordable meats and produce I can find. Unfortunately, I’m not always able to get organic foods, but I think I’m doing good when I come out of the store with no (or close to no) processed foods. It varies from week-to-week what I can pull off for meals.