So I wanted to compare what I spent on food before I started this vegan thing and after. The best way to do that was month over month, so here it is:
August actual for groceries: $441.86
September actual for groceries: $507.12
I was disappointed but not surprised that my total for my vegan month was higher than previous months. (I was, however, surprised that we were so close to our goal of $100/week in August, because I was just as bad of a shopper then). I think a couple of things factor into the jump:
- This was the first month of a total change for us which meant taking a hit on some things--like spices--that will last us more than a month,
- This account is never used for eating out, which we did more of in August and almost none of in Sept., so naturally, the grocery bill will go up.
- We didn't really have a feel yet for how to be savvy vegans. Just like with any other diet chioces, some foods are really expensive and should only be a once-in-a-while thing. For us, that's hummus. We bought several conatiners before I was finally like "whoa, this stuff is four bucks a pop, let's reign this in."
Also, I think even $100/week for two people is excessive, and we can probably do with less. But for now, I'd like to just get back down to that. I'm going to start by always making a list and sticking to it, planning meals so I use everything I buy (although I've been doing a pretty good job of not wasting much), and vowing to somehow get to East York for produce at least once a week.