Honestly, my grocery spending has dropped like a rock in the last few months, as an indirect result of Soylent… and, not really in a good way
When I moved back to college this January, I was expecting Soylent relatively soon. So, I didn’t bring most of my cooking supplies, and didn’t bring much food. With each incremental delay, I kept buying sort of a patchwork, “temporary” stock of foodstuff. good enough for now, easy to use up for when Soylent arrived, but… not amazingly healthy.
The app I use to track my money says I’m sitting around $120-ish a month for food. Now, to be fair, upon first arriving, I did make a grocery run (delay email showed up in-transit), and my mother, due to being maternal and generally nice, walked over when I got to the checkstand and paid for my groceries.
Going back a year, my groceries ran closer to $150-ish per month, plus or minus a bit ($120 one month, $180 two others), not including a big $350 stocking-up trip when I first arrived (nonperishables, etc). I consider myself fairly proficient at actively seeking deals at the grocery store.
Now, the thing is - even though my average is considerably less than Soylent: I am okay with this. For one, taking into account big trips for nonperishables, last year was probably reasonably close on average to Soylent, just a little less. And this year, while I’m spending a lot less on groceries, I don’t feel great. Not terrible, but I’m distinctly “aware” that my diet isn’t balanced. This is my own fault, and I really shouldn’t have compromised grocery quality because “eh, Soylent soon, just need to get by”. Obviously this is pending on how much of a different Soylent makes, but I think I’m alright with paying the premium for a better diet.
…THIS POST ENDED UP MORE DETAILED THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED.
Ooh, and for the statistician crowd:
Southern Oregon, USA, occasional restaurants, generally shopping at a bulk-food store for things like pasta, soup ingredients, sandwiches, milk, granola… uh… not a lot else, wow I really don’t have a varied diet this year