Bothering with grocery budget?
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|Sat, 09-22-2012 - 8:08pm|
I am not sure how/why people do a grocery budget. It might sound like a really dumb question, but basically, doesn't it make sense to buy what you need and only what you need? I admit, I am not a good saver/budgeter so my question is not flip.
99% of the time, it is just me at home. I am married, but due to work, living apart from my husband for the next year.
Anyway, I lost 30 pounds years ago and I will keep it off and I won't be overwight again - I feel very healthy now and it is wonderful. I am into CrossFit as a workout. I've always been active, but kicked up the workouts big time this past year and I'm in better shape now than I ever have been so I am going to stick with it (I do it for free with a group of guys who are great coaches so thankfully not payment to a facility).
I noticed alot of the reason I gained weight was diet, even though I never drank soda or ate dessert, and I was always what appeared to be a "healthy" eater - no french fries, fast food, etc., but I had a TON of bread, pasta and rice in my diet. After I started CrossFit, I also started eating more "primal". Basically, I eat lots of protein in the form of chicken, eggs and greek yogurt, etc. I eat a ton of veggies and the only carbs I really get are sweet potoatos, totilla wraps and oatmeal. (I love eating whatever I want carb wise on the weekend, which is basically a burrito and a bagel in one day - big splurge haha) , but during the week, I even make my own cereral and admittedly, it is pricey - a few different kinds of nuts each morning mixed with fruit and almond milk. My stomach used to always hurt after lunch prior to this lifestyle, but now, it never hapens.
The meat and eggs I buy are free range/humane rasised and that is a non-negotiatble for me, so that budget item won't change. I eat avocados too for health, and those are $2 a pop and I get a few for the week, but I do drink really cheap coffee (Folgers huge container) and if I buy wine, it is really cheap ($3.50/bottle at Whole Foods).
I don't do any budget for grocieries - I buy what I need and I don't waste it. So, for a single person whose diet doesn't change much at all, I guess I don't understand the importantance of a grocery budget. Am I missing something? Even for a family, isn't it just buy groceries when you need them an what you need? Does anyone else feel like this?