In my Internet wanderings I was reading over at $5 Dinners (great blog!). She has a guest post by a family that committed themselves to 100 days of eating real food. (Click on the picture above). This family made a pact to go 100 days without using processed foods. That alone is an interesting read. What REALLY caught my attention, however, is that they've started another 100 day challenge in which they continue to eat "Real Food" but do so by keeping their food bills on a budget.
Real food without breaking the bank. Definitely worth a look.
Here is her intro paragraph:
". . . [I]n May of this year our family (which includes two children ages 3 and 5) set out on a journey to go 100 days without eating a single ounce of processed food or refined ingredients. We put together some rules that we followed (including no sugar or white flour!) and blogged about our real food pledge on www.100daysofrealfood.com. We loved the response from readers, but one thing we couldn't help but notice was the amount of feedback we got on how much all this real, organic, and local food costs. This is why starting on October 4 we began “100 Days of Real Food on a Budget”. Our family of 4 has $125 a week to spend on food (which is less than we would get if we were on food stamps) while at the same time following our original real food guidelines as much as possible. We are of course blogging about this journey as well and invite you to join us!"By her guidelines, our family of three should spend no more than $93.75 per week. Right now we spend about $130 per week, including eating out. That figure is definitely not without the processed foods and sugar!
I'm putting up a poll on the sidebar. Come on over and let me know what YOU spend on food (groceries AND eating out) per person per week, and what percentage of your food purchases would you consider "Real Food."