I wonder how much they paid someone to make up catch phrases such as “recession pounds.” According to Yahoo News, as people tighten their spending during a recession, they “will cut back on healthy but relatively expensive items such as fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and whole grains, in favor of cheaper options high in sugar and saturated fats.”
It is certainly true that calorie dense, but low nutritious foods are cheaper than fresh fruit and vegetables. That is why sales at McDonald’s are going up. A 7% jump last year during its 3rd quarter.
A lot of my friends switched from eating out at family casual restaurants to fast food in 2008 as they found out that they are more upside down on their homes than they originally thought. My friends often do not believe that my monthly food budget is approximately $240 a month (this includes all our meals and dining out twice a week) for my husband and I.
Sometimes we even get a meal down to about $2 each because a lot of our meals center around rice and vegetables, with meat thrown in as a side. Rice is cheap. A 50 pound bag at approximately $20 which last for 8-9 months. That is how my parents raised 4 kids in the Bay Area with a yearly income of $35k. During the spring and summer, my mom would buy boxes of fruits from the farmer’s market. We can eat as much fruit as we want as snacks between meals. Junk food made its rare appearance once a month when my dad got paid.
Even living on a student budget when I moved out, my husband and I were about to keep us fed for $150 a month. The secret is that we cooked all our meals, shopped at discount grocery stores, and skip the junk food. And we rarely drink anything besides water. It was not until our food budget went up that I started worrying about my weight and have to exercise regularly. The food budget went up when we made more money and felt that we should be able to “treat” ourselves with some junk food.
I personally think that this recession is a great time to think about home cooked meals. There are many advantages to home made meals. It is good for the wallet and good for the waist. But sadly, I think we have a whole generation who does not know even how to boil an egg (my brother being one of them).
Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.
Photo by: YuvalH.
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