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Can you afford to eat the way you want to?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 10, 2008

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“Yeah, pretty much. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and don’t eat out too much. It’s important to our family to pay to eat the kind of foods we want to be eating.”

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“I can afford to eat the way I want to, but I don’t feel like I have enough time to cook the kind of food I really want to eat. So I end up eating out a lot.”

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“Yes. I don’t eat out much and try to eat healthy. I cook all my own food, I watch my prices and bargain shop. I also have a garden and can everything we grow, which really helps.”

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“I guess so. I don’t really pay that much attention to how much I spend on food, though.”


KsTwister 10 years, 1 month ago

Right now, we're glad we made the decision to ship home 80 lbs of cod we caught off Washington coast last summer. I feel for those young families with low wages, how they must be struggling to trim what cannot be trimmed.

number3of5 10 years, 1 month ago

With gas and grocery prices going up and up all the time, I don"t know anyone on a limited budget who can eat the way that they should. This does not mean the way they want. I like a nice steak once in a while, but they are out of my budget. I can afford hot dogs, which are not good for me. I do my own cooking, and have always raised a garden, but probably won't be able to this year when I will need it the most.

alm77 10 years, 1 month ago

I would LOVE to eat only organic foods, but we can't afford that. We manage to get a pretty good amount of conventionally grown veggies and some fruit and are trying to avoid hamburger altogether.

trinity 10 years, 1 month ago

no, i sure can't, the cabana boys that used to feed me grapes just got too darned expensive.

hawklet21 10 years, 1 month ago

And your daughter suffered the worst of your poverty, eh trinity? You'd better stop being so hella poor or I'm going to start hucking rocks at ya! ;) I eat far more ground beef than I'd like, but it's cheap and I can make just about anything with it.

mom_of_three 10 years, 1 month ago

wish I could grow a garden, but haven't been able to. might have to try again this year. we go out once a week, and also order a pizza once in a while.

jonas 10 years, 1 month ago

I'd love to have fresh sushi a few times a week, and I really can't. So I guess not. But if I could, I'd get really sick of sushi, I think. I can afford to eat the way I want to in moderation.

trinity 10 years, 1 month ago

ahhh, 1001 uses for a pound of ground beef. sometimes i think i wrote the book! :)

cool that recipe sounds reeealllyy good, may have to try it very soon.

hey hawklet-don't mess with me i have poverty down to a high art! ;)

Linda Aikins 10 years, 1 month ago

I agree on the sushi and the organic foods! But yes, we can afford to eat what we want which, luckily these days, is very healthy and scant! ;)

Happy Monday everyone - an hour earlier!!!

sunflower_sue 10 years, 1 month ago

I can't afford to eat the way I want to...I weigh about 480 if I did!

imagold 10 years, 1 month ago

No, we walk right past the fresh vegetables and fruits. (Bananas up 14 cents a lb. in a week.)

sunflower_sue 10 years, 1 month ago

Ya'll have me wanting sushi real bad. I make a mean California Roll...maybe I'll have to put the stuff on my grocery list. mmmmmmmm......

notajayhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

cool (Anonymous) says:

"economy cut chicken from checkers for chicken parma."

cool, try hammering it flat first and rolling it around a small piece of mozzarella cheese before baking it (otherwise pretty much the same recipe except forget the cornmeal and use less parmesan).

Can I afford to eat the way I want? As I only eat butterfly antennae from a rare breed of butterfly found only on a small island in the South Pacific, and I need about 5 pounds of them a day to feed the family, it has been cutting into my savings lately.

Emily Scholle 10 years, 1 month ago

As a poor college student who pays for everything, I've actually found that eating what I want is really doable. Like ChristmasCarol said, Sunflower House is great for the meal program (twice a week) which cuts down on how many groceries I actually have to buy for the week. I eat a really high protein diet with fruits and vegetables and it's quite easy to buy enough at Checker's for around $15 a trip (which is once a week or so). When I do eat out, I go to places I like and have no issue paying for what I order. Quite nice, really.

BigPrune 10 years, 1 month ago

I follow the newest Oprah diet consisting of eating 11 pounds of raw fruits, nuts and vegetables a day. The ramifications of such a diet are unimaginable. Now I need to get me a big block of cheese. Make it stop.

kujayhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

I can afford to eat the way I want to, I just can't afford gas to get to the place I want to eat.

coolmarv 10 years, 1 month ago

I can, but some items have gone up way too much in the last couple years. My family of four spends about $90-$100 a week. We started eating healthier last summer and our grocery bill went up about $25 a week. This is partially off set by the fact we are not eating out but about once a month. Fruits and vegetables are way too high. . I don't find Checkers to be that much less expensive then Hy-Vee or Dillons. Depends on what you buy. I probably spend the most when at Dillons and usually shop at Hy-Vee. I don't understand the fascination with name brands. I admit that sometimes they are that better but I am cheap and will stick with store brands as much as possible. I see people at the check out line that I would perceive as having moderate means , with all name brands which cost at least 25% more. Seems it would make more sense to try working in some off brands.

volunteer 10 years, 1 month ago

At my house we pay attention to the price but still eat pretty much what we want to. No, we can't afford to join the locally-raised-organic movement, but we try to pay attention. We don't buy the salmon fillet when the sticker reads from Chile.

We still are trying to figure out which foods best complement the flushed drugs in our tap water.

RedwoodCoast 10 years, 1 month ago

No wheat, no dairy. This can be a real pain when trying to eat out. As for food options, if I don't live somewhere with a natural foods store, I'm pretty much screwed into ordering food off of sites like Amazon. It can be expensive buying specialty foods, but it is certainly worth not feeling ill from eating wheat and dairy.

Kontum1972 10 years, 1 month ago

i just ate a small rodent....on a stick with nookmam sauce....deelish....

Lisia 10 years, 1 month ago

I wish I could afford the groceries we want (not even including eating out!)- especially cheese, peppers and meat. I like to cook but there's only so much I can do with lentils, cabbage and rice. I'm definitely putting in a garden again this year and hopefully will grow enough to freeze a bunch of it for next winter.

pace 10 years, 1 month ago

I don't think hamburger is cheap anymore. It is fast. i find chuck roast, etc cheaper per pound and with less fat. i sometimes grind it. Ground turkey is sometimes cheap.

ms_canada 10 years, 1 month ago

As far as the $$$ go, yes I can afford to eat whatever I would like. But I'm with sunflower on the cost of extra ###. I am sure I could reach 480lbs. also if I ate like I would like to sometimes. but mostly I am pretty well disciplined. Heh there sunflower, what a coincidence about the sushi. Hubby and I went last night to a new Japanese restaurant that recently opened and of all things, There were California rolls as part of my chicken bento. Loved them!!! Heh, all you fine folk, did you miss me? I was without my computer for a while as my office was dismantled for the installation of some hardwood flooring and then the poor old thing needed a repair job which took another week. I sure did miss all of you guys. Glad to be back. I see some new faces have been added to the good old OTS.

GretchenJP 10 years, 1 month ago

I'm a type 2 diabetic so eating is relatively cheap for me... fruits, veggies, a little milk, a lot of water and MEAT... because I could never give that up. I don't have expensive tastes in food. Give me some lemon pepper baked chicken on rice and I'm a happy camper.

mommy3 10 years, 1 month ago

I would love to be able to give my kids all organic foods, but it cost twice as much. We eat only lean chicken, pork, and turkey...but we walk away spending $200.00 for a family of 5!! That doesn't even last a full two weeks before pay day. We don't buy junk, and don't eat out! Food is way too expensive!!

sunflower_sue 10 years, 1 month ago

Ms_C, I sure missed you! :o) Welcome back!

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