Alison says: This [Food Is Fuel] post seems to contradict your budget minded philosphies. Whole Food’s prices are astronomical, the formula you posted is $102 and paying for a wellness coach seems like a huge luxury. I understand prioritizing to meet the costs of more wholesome living, but I’m curious to know if you could talk about what you’re giving up (if anything) to accommodate these extra costs?
Great question! Being budget-minded is what allows us to do this! We (obviously) still live on a budget – we just watch our food spending a little closer, and put a little more in that category now. We bumped up our food spending from $100/week to $110/week. We did this because some weeks we were going over, and some weeks it would just be really tight. So we added $10/week to ease the stress.
What have we given up? Money that could be going to emergency savings each month. But we still save a large amount each month (7.3% of our take-home income). Spending an extra $10/week (or $44/month) on food isn’t a huge deal to us at this point in our lives. Four years ago, it was a different story. This wasn’t possible – or a priority – for us at that point. We simply had too much debt and too big of a house payment to make it work.