Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Dieting Is NOT Frugal
Using the estimate above of $120 being enough to purchase food for two people for four days, a month of eating (rounded down to 28 days) will cost us $840. This assumes that we eat all meals at home.
Now, contrast that figure, if you will, with the cost of fast food for the same time period. If my wife and I had instead opted to go on the "Jack in the Box Value Menu" diet, I estimate that each meal would have cost us $8 ($4 for me, and $4 for her). If we assume three meals a day for 28 days, we come to a figure of $672, a figure nearly $170 less than what we're paying for fresh foods. That's over two grand a year!
One has to assume that the extra money that I'm spending now will be made up for in lesser medical costs in the future, but still! I want my extra bucks now! (Also, even though I'm not feeling really deprived so far on the diet, I could sure go for a stack of the awful and delicious Jack in the Box tacos right about now.)
I suppose part of the price difference comes from the fact that this was our first time trying to buy foods specifically for the diet. I anticipate that as the diet goes on, we'll get a little better at buying when things are cheaper, so I'm hoping that in the long run, our costs will go down.
For any dieters out there, how do you find a balance between buying healthy food and not spending a lot of extra money? Let me know in the comments.**
*In reality, I do kind of question this. In one of the books about the diet, it suggests that non-caucasian people tend to be lactose intolerant because they haven't had as much evolutionary time for their bodies to adjust to lactose, which seems to imply to me that the book's authors think non-caucasians are less evolved than caucasians.
**After I wrote this post, I remembered that Annabelle over at Shopping Detox had already written a post about the frugality of the Paleo Diet. I'm still publishing my post though, because, you know, I'm a hack.
Photo by Lauren Manning.
This post was featured in the Carnival of Personal Finance #344 at Diva in Debt.