I watched a few food documentaries and freaked the fuck out. Animal cruelty, Monsanto corporate greed and brainwashery, genetically modified science experiments, barely distinguishable nutrients, semi-food food… It’s pretty disgusting. And as a person that occasionally struggles with sickness, I had to wonder how this crap is effecting my immune system. I decided to take a food challenge. 50% or more of my daily food intake was fruits and vegetables and as much raw as possible. Smoothies, salads, soups and sautéed veggies filled my day. It was a real eye-opener. A really delicious eye opener. I had more energy and felt generally healthier.
At the time, I lived in SE Portland. I was ordering weekly fruit and veggie deliveries from Organics To You. They have a huge box of fruits and veggies delivered right to your door for $27. I wound up moving outside the delivery area and cancelled it, but now I’m back! So, for Best Of Month, I started it up again. And with the help of a borrowed juicer, enjoyed a new way of getting nutrient rich, healthy food. Now that I’ve had access to a juicer, I can’t imagine life without it. It’s so easy and tasty and good for you. I see a juicing month in my future…
Now, a few of you might argue that International Cuisine month should be all about me learning how to cook international cuisine. Well, today I just felt like sitting outside a cafe, riding bikes, enjoying the stillness, and musing about the world… how French is that? A-huhn-huhn-huhn (that’s how you spell a French laugh.)
Rode my French mixtie Roux down to Belmont. It’s a beautiful fall day where the leaves are turning, the sun is out, and the weather is just starting to turn.
I decide to finally try Suzette, a Creperie with some outdoor seating that makes for some good people watching. I had a delicious salad, coffee, and crepe filled with harissa, goat cheese, spinach, and salmon. It was a beautiful meal and even more beautiful day.
So, most of my bills are the same every month. The one thing I’m really focused on controlling is food and beverages. Here’s the breakdown of what I spent in Week 1:
Drinks and a burger at Bar Bar – $25
Grocery purchase – $20.51 (bananas, creamer, toilet paper, eggs, turkey)
Then, I returned a pair of jeans I bought last month – $49.99
So, one week in, and I made $4.48! I am so good at this!
Okay, so first thing is first. What do I usually spend? What did I spend last month? What’s a good target? Good thing I use my debit card everywhere and can track how much I usually spend on everyday things. Time to sit down and figure this stuff out.
Holy shitballs! I went to concerts, got lunch out at work, got coffee a couple times a week, shopped very promiscuously at Whole Foods, enjoyed happy hour a several times a week, and spent a total of $942.63 on food, drinks and entertainment last month. WHAT!?! This is going to be a good place to start Budgeting Month. I am going to put myself on a goal of $200 for the whole month of April for groceries and going out. It will be a lot easier because my fridge and pantry are already filled with tons of crap I haven’t even looked at since I bought it.