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Hi, I am Jo and this is my blog about my life. Here you will find entries on cooking, gardening, food safety and the interesting things happening in my search for an inexpensive and healthy way of living. My home is located in North Florida and I am relearning how to take care of myself at almost 50. This is the deep South so my garden and season may be a bit different than yours. I look forward to seeing what you have to say as time passes. Read on and have a beautiful day!
Sunday, February 2, 2014
How much do we really spend?
Rob is working and dinner is in the oven. Seminole pumpkin is roasting to be turned into soup and beets are roasting with rosemary to be served on fresh garden greens as a salad. A healthy and oh- so yummy meal.
While working on dinner the thought crossed my mind that even though we are "frugal" it is hard to determine how much we really spend on food. The garden is an interesting example. It is a source of great joy so is some of the cost considered "entertainment" or is it all allocated to "food." Working outside in the sunshine keeps me active and provides really wholesome food so does it also go under the heading "health and wellness?" Do we add in the cost of fertilizer to the food cost or to the household maintenance cost?
When home canned goods are made do we need to compute a cost per hour of the person canning? Or just the cost of food? Do I compute the cost of the jars? Amortize them? Write them off after a few uses?
Additionally, I have no idea what people normally pay for groceries. We buy some items online and in bulk (gluten free flours, herbs, spices, dehydrated fruits). Some items come from farmers markets and most are cooked at home. Then there is what Rob buys. Many times he stops on his way home and for bananas or some single item and comes home with hummus or another item that was "buy one get one." Nothing wrong with that only I have never added it up.
Do we add in meals out? How do we figure freebies from meals with family?
This month I am going to attempt to track what we are truly spending. This will not include money spent for cat food, cleaning supplies, household goods or any non edible items.
If all goes well at the end of the month I will post what we really spent and in what categories.
Happy February to all-