Shopping At Whole Foods While Hungry (And My Other Food-Budget Busters)

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Fruit at Willowbrook Whole Foods Market

It’s all organic here … so I’d be foolish not to buy it, right?

Now that I live alone, I’ve learned a lot about my spending habits.

I’m doing a better job of trading expensive nights on the town with more relaxed and affordable gatherings at friends’ houses. I quit my Etsy.com addiction cold turkey—an achievement deserving of uproarious applause, in my opinion.

But I recently noticed a trend in my weekly expenses that needs immediate attention: I spend entirely too much money on food. After further examination, I found four reasons why.

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I Don’t Eat Breakfast

I live close to where I work, so I get to exploit my snooze button and slide out of bed at the last possible minute. I don’t grab a quick breakfast on my way out, and I definitely don’t make time for a sit-down meal. By around 11 a.m., I’m ravaged. Lunch is sure to be a feast purchased from the nearest eatery. Cha-ching.

I Still Shop For A Family Of Four

When I lived at home, I did all the grocery shopping. For some reason, I still purchase two loaves of bread, an entire dozen eggs, and enough food to make several meals for multiple people per night. There is no way I need all that food!

I just polished off some spaghetti leftovers that have lasted for a week! One meal. For a week. While the other food is spoiling… More cash out.

I Grab Fast Food On The Go Instead Of Cooking

By the time I come home, the last thing I want to do is chop, slice, stir, and boil. My neighborhood has a diverse selection of restaurants, so I grab something on the way home from work. I really should start cooking food on the weekends to eat during the week. It’s an easy fix, but I admit it—I’m lazy.

I Go To Whole Foods Hungry

I live in Austin, Texas—the headquarters of the magical, mega-health foods store Whole Foods, affectionately and realistically nicknamed “Whole Paycheck.” The absolute worst thing I can do is enter the premises on an empty stomach.

Olive bar pay by the pound? Yes! Organic ginger beer from Jamaica? Sure, why not? Dried edamame seasoned with sea salt? I want it all! None of these things were planned for, and paying $40 for a handful of snacks is so not in my budget.

The first step is admitting that I have a problem. Check. The second step is fixing it. Decidedly not checked. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Do you fall prey to any of these food budgeting fumbles? Let me know in the comments. 

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