As the days get longer our grocery bill gets shorter as our plates are full with more and more homegrown produce (which is certainly a blessing!)
BTW, for those interested in our Grow for 10K Challenge, our total tally from Jan-May stands at 1,614 pounds.
This week will be harvesting “heavy weight crops” – potatoes and turnips (that should help boost the poundage up a bit!)
Last weeks’ trip to the grocer ended totaling $60 for four people (milk, pasta, cheese, salt and a few “indulgence items” chocolate and ice cream for a Sabbath treat) for a whole week’s worth of food.
Of course, there’s the monthly co-op to consider and that tallies in at about $100 a month ( organic flour, organic rice, raw cheese, raw sugar). So that’s now about $400 per month for our family. Which I think is pretty darn good considering we purchase organic (local as best we can) and we live in LA where family farms are scarcer then hens teeth.
Curious to how we compare to the average American, I did a bit of online search and found
Rebecca’s Blood in San Fransisco who’s Thrifty Food Budget is budget: 74.00/week or 320.80/month, the USDA “Thrifty” standard for a family of 2 adults, aged 20-50 years.
The site Eat Local Challenge had these stats:
1 person in the family, one wage earner: $68 a week
2+ persons in the family, one wage earner: $121 a week
2+ persons in the family, 2 wage earners: $144 a week
2+ persons in the family, 3+ wage earners: $184 a week
Ok, so we know how much we are spending (and how much we are earning from our 1/10 acre plot)- that’s easy! What would be interesting (and I am not sure how to do this just yet) is to figure out how much we are saving not having to buy eggs, fruits, vegetables, herbs so much honey and hopefully one day dairy!
Suggestions? One possibility is to go through our weekly menu posting, see what items come directly from the urban homestead, guesstimate the poundage or dozen used, find what’s a compatible price and then tally the figure per week. Whew!
Then the food shortage situation and seeing if we can adjust our diet accordingly. Perhaps cut back on certain “traditional staples.”
Are you beginning to see signs of food shortages in your neck of the wood? Care to share your thoughts on the subject and your plans?