Defining Value In Your Food Budget
How do you find value in your food budget?
Well to start with, we need to actually define what that value might be. After all, how you define what “value” is to you will be different from how I define value. Or even different from your best friend, neighbor, or even your own mother.
You may all share similarities in the definition of value in your food budget, but some aspects are deeply personal.
That is what we are going to explore today.
By looking at these various aspects of what value might be, you will then be able to define value in your food budget.
Here at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, we are always looking for ways to help EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. By learning how to define what “value” in your food budget is to you empowers you to recognize a great deal when you see it.
5 Parts Of Determining Value
Today, value means something different than it did even 50 years ago. It could even be something different than even 20 years ago. As you proceed through life, your own personal definition of what true value is will change and adapt. According to your situation at various times in your life, it will not be the same. It will change.
Today, value in your food budget means more than just buying food at a good price. Sure economics and your budget factor in. But the price may be just a small part of how you determine the value of an item.
There are 5 parts to look at when trying to determine the value of an item in your food budget.
- Money—how much or how little do you have to work with.
- Time—how much time do you have for shopping. Can you shop frequently for more fresh fruits and vegetables, or do you need to have a supply of frozen and canned foods handy.
- Convenience—this ties in with Time. Do you have an hour every night to cook dinner, or do you need to have a meal ready in 15 minutes?
- Variety—how important is it to you to offer a wide variety of food choices to your family?
- Entertainment—yes, food is personal, so entertainment factors in too—does meal time bring your family together? Or is everyone always on the run?
Our Changing Times And Needs
There are so many demands on the woman and mom now. You need to look at how each of these demands affect you personally and your family today.
Demands such as:
- The woman needs to work outside the home to help pay the basic bills. Gone are the days when 1 wage/salary could financially support the family. Today, even 2 wages is not enough. Many families are having to work extra part time jobs over and above their full time jobs.
- Shopping less often. There are 2 main reasons for this—not enough money to do the shopping, or not enough available time.
- Using a freezer. This can help you to stock up on items when they are on sale. To have food items on hand when you don’t have either the time or money to go shopping.
- Modern day kitchen appliances such as: Slow Cookers and the Instant Pot, are changing how we cook. No longer do you have to have the oven on for several hours. You can either slow simmer in the crock pot the roast chicken, or— You can pop it in your Instant Pot and have dinner ready in about 15 minutes instead.
- How we cook—do you prefer, manufactured convenience foods, or do you prefer to cook from scratch? Would you cook from scratch more often if it took less time?
- Time—with so many demands on our lives, time is a precious commodity. We all need more than 24 hours in a day, but that isn’t possible.
Our Goals Are The Same
No matter how and where you rank each of these items such as Time and Convenience, we all have similar goals.
I’m sure you can agree that you want the best for your family.
A healthy, well fed family that can enjoy nourishing meals that are also economical for your grocery budget. Meals that can be made in a reasonable amount of time and still leaving you with both enough time and energy for making memories with your family.
And of course, still leaving your food budget in a good balance of both nutritional value and money.
So how do you define value in your food budget?
Comment below and let me know which is most crucial for you in your definition–