Prove It: Worth Your Budget

How well do you know your bank account?

Whether you are a spender or are you a saver, do you know how much money you spend on food each year? From dining out to eating in, food costs can add up. Did you know that on average people eat out at least once for lunch and once for dinner each week? Add on side meals like coffee or snacks and your costs are starting to get astronomically higher than what you spend on your groceries. It’s because of this financial burden that our options are severely limited. Your options end up being either to eat healthy but incur additional cost or spend less but sacrifice through calories.

Avoid having to choose between what’s good for you and what’s easiest for you by planning ahead. Normal people only have 24 hours in a day, with the exception of Beyoncé, because she’s not human. The reality is that we can only do so much to on our own. If we can outsource our dry cleaning, house work, and even our physical fitness goals, why can’t we do the same when it comes to our meals? Now you can with HopefullyPlated, a concierge service that will make your lives more efficient and economical. 

Most people will spend $200 a week on groceries & restaurants. In addition to the money spent, factor in the time spent driving to the store, picking out each item and then prepping and cooking. We can all agree that’s a lot of money and time.

HopefullyPlated’s goal is to eliminate the stresses that accompany meal prep, along with the perception that it’s expensive to be healthy. Everyone always wishes they had more time in a week. By eliminating at least 7 hours of hassle, we leave you with more time to enjoy food bliss and a happy fridge. I am challenging you to track your spending and time for a month prior to signing up for HopefullyPlated.

If you take my challenge, you can sign up for 2 months at $250 a week, with your first week free. If you sign up for 6 months at $200 a week your first 2 weeks are free!

 Something to Chew On

According to a new national survey, 70% of Americans that say they feel badly about throwing food in the trash. Most said they were bothered by it because it’s a waste of their money or because others don't have enough to eat.

·       Purchase less food in grocery shopping trips so that less goes to waste

·       Organize food in the fridge by what needs to be eaten first

·       Freeze food that isn't eaten

·       Finish leftovers first; repurpose food for another meal

·       Don't discard food just because it reached the "sell-by" date, check it for freshness first

·       Compost as much food waste as possible in separate bins

(CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-one-family-saved-4800-on-food-in-a-year/, 2015).