After rent, groceries (including pharmacy/household items) is the biggest piece of my budget pie. But I don’t talk too much on here about food. I guess I worry sometimes that people will write me off.

Today I realized that my audience is much too intelligent to assume that only housewives write about groceries or that being a housewife is a bad thing to be (or that housewives aren’t as intelligent as the rest of us, etc, etc). (see my post about staying home.)

I think I’m going to be posting more recipes on here. Probably only one or two each week, but that’s more than before. Rather than put recipes in this post, I wanted to address my philosophy of food.

It’s not some kind of coherent scheme. It’s more like a series of points. So here goes!

1. Food’s purpose is to taste good and healthfully nourish us.

2. Good food doesn’t have to be expensive (though it’s worth it to pay more than the price of basic ramen, which isn’t that good for you anyway). Generics are good, store brand is fine 99% of the time. And brown-bagging yummy food is the way to go. (Or insulated lunchbag bagging.)

3. Food shouldn’t be stressful. (Therefore, I make big batches on weekends and Mr. Micah reheats it after I come home from work.)

4. Premade food may taste good, but it’s almost guaranteed to be worse for you and more expensive.

5. Eating only a few (bulk) recipes each week isn’t bad unless you don’t rotate them or you cook them too frequently. (I don’t know how this works with kids, they might get picky.)

This week, we’re fortunate enough to be eating with family for 3 days and to be on a carryover week with leftovers from last week (we rarely finish them in a week, and eventually the carryover builds up). So we didn’t have to go shopping for more than a few staples. That makes our grocery budget pretty happy! πŸ™‚

So I’ll be sharing my recipes from last week and the week before.

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November 19, 2007 at 9:51 pm

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SavingDiva November 19, 2007 at 9:19 am

I also spend quite a bit of money on food…I’ve been trying to get my food budget down…and I’m definitely not a housewife! πŸ™‚

FinanceAndFat November 19, 2007 at 9:56 am

I’m surprised you were cautious about writing on food- food is a huge part of American culture.

It is a large part of my budget as well and that is something I really want to change. Food has also been a problem for me when it comes to gaining weight, which is why I believe strongly in addressing the issues it creates both with money and health.

I’m looking forward to what you have to say about it.

Yvette November 19, 2007 at 3:10 pm

I for one will be pleased to see recipes. I just made a great soup I shared with 3 other people from a recipe I found on a financial blog. Food is a part of our daily life and is so connected to our health and therefore our finances.

mrsmicah November 19, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Good to hear! The first recipe is coming up tonight. πŸ™‚

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