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My Grocery Diary

Update! The Grocery Diary has been started!

Ok, so I've been thinking about something for a long time. The economy doesn't seem to be getting much better, and many people are trying to make their dollars stretch as far as possible. I know we are! It seems that lots of moms are cruising the Internet to look for advice on how to save money at the grocery store and recipes that are cheap and reasonably healthy at the same time.

I did some research, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a chart that gives estimates on how much people spend on groceries. They have different amounts based on age (for all family members) and gender (for adults). They also have different categories or "plans": Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate and Liberal. I added up the amounts for the people in my family. These are the estimated monthly amounts from the food plans that represent a nutritious diet at four different cost levels for my size family.

  • Thrifty: $694.83
  • Low-Cost: $901.74
  • Moderate: $979.35
  • Liberal: $1343.20

    They have GOT TO BE JOKING!!! There is no way my family spends even $695 a month on food ... I think. So that brings me to my whole point of this blog post...

    I'm thinking about keeping a record of not only how much we spend on groceries, but also exactly what we're buying. I also want to keep a record of what we eat for an entire month (including recipes). I'm trying to figure out if people would find this interesting at all - if it's worth my time. I think it would also be a good way to find out if we're eating enough fruits and veggies (I have a sneaky suspicion that are aren't).

    Please send me your comments (which I will post on this page) about my little experiment. I want to know whether or not you would be interested, and any ideas you have for me!

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