I happen to do the grocery shopping for my family of four; and I would not find a weekly food budget of $126 to be impossibly challenging… if I did the following things*:
- No name brands.
- No sugary carbonated drinks.
- No treats.
- DO NOT LET A CHILD HAVE A VOTE IN THE GROCERY LIST DECISION.
- Only buy vegetables in unprocessed form.
- Cheap cuts of meats and lots of stews. As in, “brown the meat, and simmer it in the broth for a few hours, and add the cut up vegetables.”
- Plan for considerable leftovers. Which have to be eaten, not stored in the fridge and then thrown out.
- Generally accept the fact that you will be cooking, not warming up and defrosting and microwaving things.
- Generally accept the fact that you have to pay attention to your food situation, and not shrug it off.
We used to teach this sort of thing in school: it was called ‘home economics,’ and while it was already heavily watered down by the time I was in grammar school you could still see the echoes of what it must have once been.
By the way, and for the record: my ire is exclusively designated for clueless Democratic politicians who don’t understand why they’re incapable of putting together a simple shopping list budget. I grew up with money being tight and food choices being limited, myself; it sucks, and it’s easier to shake a finger at the people stuck in the hole than it is to pull yourself out of the hole. Particularly when there’s a bureaucrat or six who are actively trying to shove you right back down into it. But you know me: squishy soft about such things.
*I don’t, because we’re making enough money to eat as we like, within reason. But I could come close to hitting that number simply by religiously avoiding impulse buys.