I have struggled with food bills as well. In college, I was a vegetarian mostly for budget purposes--it works. Try to go vegetarian a few times a week and you'll see a difference.
No kidding. I have to limit that though; I'm not used to eating vegetables at all. You know supermarkets are organized because people head clockwise by nature (they shoved the doors on the left, put palates of crap in the way, and people crawled and fought around the palates like monkeys to wander the store clockwise!), with the fresh produce on the right side, doors on the right, etc. Fresh produce makes a good impression right?
I don't shop clockwise.
I glance there, yeah. My brain immediately goes, "Nothing interesting in that direction." It's like instant repulsion. If i need something from there, I go there, usually after wandering the store in a daze for a bit unless the ONLY thing I need is an avocado to make sushi.
Beans, rice, soy, protein ... no matter what I get, if I eliminate meat from my diet, my body fails to extract whatever it is it needs from the food (or maybe I'm missing something?) and in under a week I'm quite ill. It only takes 2-3 days without meat for me to lose my ability to heal
, and in under 5 days I'm noticing open wounds and sores that have just appeared... the skin, it cracks and splits. In a week my immune system starts to fail and I get really sick. People experience problems going vegetarian yeah, but I'm like way beyond "outlier" here, I'm not even in the same universe.
I made buffalo burgers with meat I had for a week already, and finished them a week later. Raw until cooked and consumed. The last day the meat smelled sort of bad... do you know how I cook hamburgers? Frying pan, outside becomes well done and charred, but the inside is warm and creamy (creamy == RAW MEAT). Yes I ate rather... bad... smelling meat raw. I had a really bad stomach ache and headache that night, went into work about 2 hours late the next day completely recovered. Seriously that would kill a dog.
But yeah, $550-$640/mo is not exactly "struggling with food costs." It's just "spending too damn much." I want the costs down so I have money to spend on other things, like expensive knives, tea, a bicycle seat shock absorber so my ass doesn't hurt so much.... Eating at the cafeteria work supplies is not a good way to save money, nor is buying a bunch of groceries and not effectively using them. Canned goods are cheap, and also garbage; Hormel canned chili with beans is like dog food.
Anyway point is I like bean soups and I like my rice, not into salads and veganism but I can do some fajitas and ensaladas and stuff along the way. I need my meat though; it is infeasible for me to abandon meat for more than 2 days. Which is odd because I abandoned food
for 4 days in a row once with no ill effects....