Have you seen this article from Time magazine called “What the World Eats”? I don’t think it’s a new one, but it is definitely very interesting! The article is a series of images that depict families with their weekly groceries laid out. The pictures actually come from a book called Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel. Will came across it via Reddit and showed it to me the other day. It’s so fascinating to see what people in other countries eat! I never realized that we weren’t the only country that drinks a lot of soda. Or the vast difference in the cost of food between countries. Listed with the photo is the cost of all the groceries, which varies from $1.23 to $500.07. Can you imagine being able to feed a family of four for a week for less than $2.00?!
To see how we measure up, Will and I took a picture with our weekly groceries the other day. 🙂
Whenever we do our weekly grocery shopping, we usually end up going to three stores: Stanley’s (a small all-produce grocer), Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.
Here’s a breakdown of what we bought and where:
- Trader Joe’s: Sunflower butter, butter, cereal, coffee, almonds, olives, beer, chocolate, coconut milk, cheese = $59.13
- Stanley’s: Asparagus, cantaloupe, bananas, strawberries, tomatoes, artichokes, pears, green onions, orange peppers, apples, butternut squash, zucchini = $21.67
- Whole Foods: Salad, peanut butter, quinoa, salad dressing salmon, seitan, ground beef, milk, dates, chickpeas = $63.10
Grand Total: $143.90
This is obviously a bit high compared to some of the awesome bargain shopping bloggers I’ve seen out there. However, Will and I feel better about budgeting a little more for groceries and buying higher quality foods (ie. local, grass fed, or organic) since eating healthy is so important to us.
How does your weekly grocery bill compare? Are you a thrifty shopper?