What is your monthly grocery bill? USDA Food Costs and how do you compare?

About a week ago, I was agonizing about my budget for groceries. I cook from scratch and my family’s philosophy is that you don’t scrimp on food. Afterall, it’s always going to be cheaper than eating out!

While the latter is true, I intend to trim my food expenses until my finances are in good shape. So I looked over my expenses for the last 5 months and set what I thought was appropriate and doable.

Then I came across this article today and thought it might help you in planning your food budget for July! πŸ˜€

USDA Food Cost for May 2013

If you’re interested to see previous year’s numbers, you can access the link here.

Previous USDA Food Costs

I went back and looked at the year so far and this was how it was:

Jan: Liberal

Feb: Liberal

Mar: Under low cost

Apr: Under thrifty

May: Liberal

Looks like for the most part, I am on the liberal side for groceries. And I planned for a number that is fairly close to the low cost plan for July prior to seeing this data. We’ll see how it goes πŸ™‚

Have you budgeted for July? If yes, how will seeing this change your figures?

If you haven’t budget for July, here are some of my thoughts.

– Don’t set yourself up for failure. Set a number that is realistic and yet stretch your restraint.

– Consider the envelope system for your grocery money and keep to a figure per week.

– Meal planning. The hardest part is starting. Once you have a system going, it will get easier.

Good luck!

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Day 1 of juice fast

So I prepped last night by drinking a laxative tea. This is not within the menu plan from jointhereboot website. However, from previous experiences in doing the Master Cleanse, it’s very important to make sure that as you cleanse internally, things are getting *coughs* flushed out of your body as well πŸ™‚

So I wake up and drink a glass of water with lemon juice (half a lemon). Then I spent 15 mins prepping, juicing the vegetables, fruits and cleaning the juicer.

ThisΒ morning’s juice consists of celery, carrots, cabbage, pear, apples, and lemon.

On my way to work, I started thinking about food when I drove past a restaurant. You don’t realize how much you think about food until you can’t eat it.

So I lasted on a Nalgene bottle of the juice all through the afternoon. When I got home from work, I made another batch of juice. This time it’s pear, cantaloupe, leek, spinach, cucumber and beet. It’s an utter fail. The leek literally made me gag. I added 2 apples and it still stings my eyes going down. I ended up using an entire cantaloupe and it’s still crappy. Note to self: no more leeks in my juice.

I ended up being so hungry and disgusted by the juice that I went out and got myself a roast duck rice dinner.

Conclusion: Juice fast fail. Considering that I have a fridge full of fruits and veggies, I intend to continue juicing. But I think dinner is my indulgence πŸ™‚

Also I conclude I’m addicted to coffee. Not having that cup of coffee = headache all day!

Fat, sick and nearly dead

Health is of huge interest to me especially considering my occupation. So when a friend recommended that I watch Joe Cross’s documentary ‘Fat, sick and nearly dead’, I went on Netflix and started watching. Oh boy…… I had been blending for a while now (I have both a Vitamix and Blendtec) but I have been neglecting my Breville Juicer. I promptly lugged it out and stuck it on the countertop.

I think my diet is moderately healthy but I can always do with a cleanse. So I decided to just go with a 5 day juice cleanse. I opted not to do the 5 day primer. Here a picture of my shopping cart. πŸ™‚

That is hopefully enough vegetables and fruits to last me for 5 days. In fact I’m sipping a juice concoction that is made up of apples, carrots, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber. LOL I will eventually work up to radish, parsley, cilantro, leeks, and all the other yucky vegetables. The hardest part is going to giving up coffee πŸ˜€

The next 5 days will be me posting about my attempt at this juice fast so stay tuned πŸ™‚