I’ve seen quite a few posts over the past few weeks talking about how the changing economy is affecting how people eat. I don’t mean people aren’t eating because they’re sick to their stomach over the $700 billion bailout plan, though it’s enough to make me lose my appetite! These articles have been looking at ways to cut back, save money and eat healthier meals.
Serious Eats has an interesting post that correlates a bad economy with more people eating at home and leading to an increase of food magazine subscriptions. Now, this intrigued me because there are a couple magazines I was thinking of adding to my Christmas wish list. It’s not really a surprising correlation when you think about it. After all, a year’s subscription to 2 magazines is cheaper than a night out at a decent restaurant without wine.
Today, Nona at Everyday Yogini had an interesting post about food prices in Rome vs the US. Unlike in the US grocery stores, local produce is much cheaper. In my local food stores, Whole Foods and Harvest Co-Op (Shaws doesn’t count b/c nothing there is local), the produce from area farms is sometimes nearly twice as expensive, and while I’d love to support local businesses, I just can’t afford it. It’s hard to reconcile.
What are you doing to help out your personal budget and not starve? I know Spinstah’s been running a pantry challenge and some of her meals look amazing. Any suggestions for someone (me) who already eats healthy, makes breakfast, lunch and dinner in her own kitchen 7 days a week, and would still like to cut her food budget?