Being a Foodie Living on a Budget
I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. My spending habits lean towards shopping for food, kitchen equipment and researching new recipes than time or money spent on clothes or almost anything else. Despite my passion for all things culinary I am a slave to my budget. Like any normal person I need shelter, transportation and all such things. Each week trips to the wine store along with farmers market adds up in the final analysis. Sometimes I have to make choices between a night out on the town and a bottle of Port Riserva. Other times it’s a choice between filet mignon and chicken. In the end all decision come down affordability.
We leverage health and nutrition everyday if we are not wealthy enough where such decisions do not matter. Learning how to stock ones’ pantry so that you are budget proof is a learned skill. The same is true about shopping seasonally for fruits and produce. Shopping doe wine and meats are a bit more tricky. Wine is a subjective matter that revolves around taste whereas meat if you are lucky you might be able to take advantage of a good sale. Without fail there has never been a moment when I am not bewildered by how much fresh produce cost. If the choice is processed food or soft drinks then budget is no longer a concern because the food cost is relatively low compared to say fresh fruit, whole grains or water.