Have you ever stopped and taken a good look at what your family consumes over the course of a week? One photographer did and it inspired me to host this link up so we could too!
Are there any unhealthy foods that seem to be sneaking in on a regular basis without you even realizing it? Do you think you consume more or less than the average family of similar size? If you had to guess off the top of your head, do you think you’re getting enough fruit and vegetables in your diet? We can answer all these questions and more if we take a step back, and look at everything our family will actually consume in a week. I thought it would be fun to do a link up so that we can take a peek into what other families are including in their diets as well. My hope is that this will be a tool for you. How you use that tool is up to you. Maybe you will realize you would like to do more meal planning. Maybe you’ll be pleased with how little you waste. Maybe this will allow you to take one baby step towards eating a little healthier. Most of all I hope we all have fun with it!
There are no hard and fast rules, just do your best to meet these.
1. You don’t HAVE to post a picture of groceries fresh from the market…just a picture of what you consume in a week…if it’s all in your house already…Yay! You don’t have to shop to participate! However, if you do decide you need to shop, please make sure you include as much as you can, and if there is something in excess or that is missing from the picture…just make a little note of it.
2. If you eat out during the week on a regular basis, or is you plan to eat leftovers from a meal, make a note of it so we get a better idea of how the food is being “spent.”
3. Try to be authentic. No one is here to judge, and none of us are perfect. So, don’t go changing everything you normally buy just for the sake of a picture. I promise I won’t judge you for buying a package of Oreo’s if you don’t judge me for feeding my kids Fruity Pebbles.
4. For the sake of clear, easy to visually assess pictures, try to put tall items in the back, and try to group like items together.
5. Visit the site of the person that linked up before you.
6. Please link back here in your post. Feel free to use the picture above in your post.
Here’s what a weeks worth of groceries looks like for my family of 6. Our family consists of 2 adults, and 4 children ages 7, 5, 3, and 2. We shop once a week. We try to avoid processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, soy, artificial dye, and artificial preservatives. We’ve been going over budget lately, which puts our grocery budget at about $380-420 a month. I’d like to get it at a consistent $350. For the most part I make all of our bread products, and we eat a good amount of fresh fruit and veggies.
I don’t always buy organic milk, this was our second week trying it…it’s been on my list to switch to for a long time, but I had to cut back the amount of milk that we drink first. Organic milk was a bit of a flop for us though as the quality of the kind we got was poor and it did not have a good taste. For now we are opting for local milk that is not organic, and is pasturized, and is from grass fed cows that are hormone, antibiotic, and gmo free. The milk is tasty and I feel it’s a good alternative “baby step” for the time being. If anyone is local, the type of milk we drink now is “Crooked Creek” brand. The “Pure” brand milk in this photo was very tasty, but I only bought it because I had a great coupon and it was on sale. Even though it taste’s good I would not pay twice as much for milk that is essentially no different than anything else in the store, just filtered differently. We also drink a lot of water throughout the week, and not included in the picture are about 2 dozen fresh eggs from our chickens and ducks. I will share my menu, and a more detailed budget soon! Most of the processed foods you see are for my husbands lunch.
I also snapped a quick picture of our groceries in the cart when we shopped last week. I wanted to share it because I noticed that the cart looks rather empty compared to what you might be used to if you eat more processed foods simply because they don’t take up as much room in the cart. I just thought that was a neat way to gauge what types of food you might have in your cart.
I just think this was such a neat, and fun exercise and I can’t wait to see what all of you post!
If you want some help trying to eat healthier, and budget better check out the e-book Your Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne Simpson! (If you follow this link I will get a modest commission from the sale that will help me keep writing here and providing for my family. Check out my full disclosure for more info.)