Everyone finds their own way to save money and we found our own as well. We are a couple. We spend money in food ($320 e/month) because we consider food quality is important. And unfortunately, in US if you want quality food you have to spend because the commercial interest is for you to buy fast food that is loaded with fats and is easily available. We do not buy pantry items, just the basics, nothing canned, just rice, pasta, couscous, sugar, and fair-trade chocolate powder. We buy local-grown in-season fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, poultry, dairy (three different types of cheese, yoghurt, and milk) and baguettes that we freeze to have fresh bread every morning. We do french breakfast (orange juice, fruit, coffee and baguete) we snack fruits, we lunch leftovers and we dinner protein, salad/vegetables and some carbs (couscous, rice, pasta, potatoes). We don't buy fast food, we don't buy in Costco, Sam's, WalMart because we distrust their ethics, they drain their employees (here and abroad) and not take care of the quality for their customers (produce is just cheap and bad). We strongly believe you have to pay for good quality and save money in other things like leisure (no cinema ni malls if you always have the big outdoors), like bills (no car, instead walking or bicycling, no conditioning air, instead less clothes, more cold water!). We strongly believe costumers choose whom to give their money and we prefer to give it to local producers, fair-traders, local restaurants, instead of big multinationals. It's just a way to keep money closer and around.
- 7/16/2008 3:06:37 PM