I was running some numbers on my groceries in November. I can’t believe it! I spent $537.48 on groceries, and $161.46 eating out! 😦

My brother eat out even more. That would add another $200 to the total. $900 on food for 2 people. 😦

From CBC news:

…many modern consumers are seeking quick fixes and are stuffing their pantries with comfort convenience foods.

Take, for example, the rise of Campbell’s Soups stock as the economy teetered on Sept. 29 — the one stock in the S&P Index that rose as 499 others fell. In October, U.K.-based Marks & Spencer reported sales of bread and butter pudding increased 15 per cent while sticky toffee pudding sales rose 10 per cent.

According to British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, this phenomenon in part reflects the larger issue that many people simply don’t know how to cook. In early November, Oliver appeared before a committee of MPs and called for more government investment in food education. He noted in the past when the economy receded, families knew how to prepare nutritious but inexpensive meals.

That’s it! I have been buying more convenient food. This is a wake up call. Why do I buy store prepared salad for $12? Even if I am too lazy the wash, the bagged salad are only $3, I only have to add olive, cheese, and dressing. Why have I gotten so lazy?

I have already spent about $300 this month on food. Hopefully, we can stay within $500 this month.

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Over Buying

December 17, 2008

Do you repeatedly run out of toilet paper at home? Or do you stockpile toilet paper at every corner of you home?

I grew up in the home that was filled with toilet paper. I was pretty annoyed that my closet was invaded by toilet paper. My mom called that saving for emergency. I wondered, when the zombies attack, what good would a year’s worth of toilet paper do?

Now that I’m older, I’m turning more and more like my mom. I just realized that I have 7 months worth of toilet paper in my home!

Stockpiling toilet paper is probably not worth the savings. Each square inch of you home is with something. If a 2,000 SF home in Toronto cost $300,000. A 2’x4′ closet would be valued at $3,600!

OK, having too little makes me nervous. I resolve to have less than 3 months worth of toilet paper, toiletries, detergents, cleaners.