I am working on a super stat-tastic (read: nerdy) project. I decided to tally all the food that came into the house for the first 6 months of the year so I could see what it looked like in print. I also thought it might give me some insight into how good our overall diet is, and whether I could identify areas for savings.
At any given time I have about one month’s worth of non-perishable food on hand, so I had that much going in on January 1, and will have the same amount going out on June 30.
We are a family of 2 adults who have been eating Real Food and making just about everything from scratch since last September, but we have numerous splurges, treats and cheats.
I won’t be finished my “half-year” report for a couple of weeks, but here is a preview:
- We have eaten four times as many apples as potatoes.
- We consumed 39 pounds of meat before going vegetarian on June 1.
- Only 25% of our dinners were vegetarian before that.
- We bought 16 loaves of bread before learning to bake it, and I’ve made 31 loaves since.
- We’ve eaten 19 boxes of breakfast cereal.
- Seven pounds of candy have “disappeared into the void” and Rom does not eat candy!
- We go out to a cafe just about every weekend and have a croissant, oatcake, cinnamon bun or muffin.
- I feel like we hardly ever eat out, but numbers don’t lie: we actually had only 65% of our dinners at home.
- On the virtuous side, we bought 89 pounds of fresh vegetables, as well as 82 vegetable items “by the piece.”
Stay tuned for more food-counting madness in two weeks!
Wow, keeping track like that is an interesting exercise. I’d be afraid that I’d learn a few truths about some of my eating habits (chocolate) that I’m trying to ignore.
Yes, unfortunately, the truth is revealed!
I love lists, counting, quantifying, so I am eagerly awaiting this! I keep a spread sheet on my grocery spends, and try to work out cheapest place for regularly used items… It’s a work in progress
I have a price-list spreadsheet on the go, too! It’s great to connect with other stats-happy people 🙂