I just came back from the grocery store. Paid $7 and change for a jar of Jif peanut butter and $2.19 for a can - one can, regular size, not large - of Campbell’s vegetable soup. A 2-pound bag of frozen mixed vegetables was $4.99. (!!) With these prices, I could see how a family of 3 could spend $1000/month on groceries.
There’s the difference between us, I suppose. It would not so much as cross my mind to buy a can of Campbell’s vegetable soup, especially not at $2.19. Or a jar of Jif peanut butter.
Oh my God...I grew up poor and I know I now have cooking skills and grocery buying instincts that I never would have had otherwise.
Jif is not food. When you buy stuff at the grocery you have to look at the ingredients first and know what is in there that your body might react to negatively. Like soy oil or sugar. Look at the labels before you buy cheap food, please.
I’m sorry I’m not trying to be judgemental, just saying that you could buy Adams peanut butter and it would be real. It would cost more than fake Jif but you might want to invest in other organic foods as well which our government hasn’t yet made poison...but Jif is poison, pure and simple.
So there is a difference in your budget if you want to stuff supposedly edible foods in your body for cheap cheap cheap or if you want to feed it properly, which will cost a bit more.
BUT you can learn to make foods which are nutritious and will last a long time. If you want to invest a bit of time and learning and extra money in your future.
Research nourishing food if you’re interested and if you plan enough you can create many meals with your bucks which will nourish your body more than the peanut butter you are now espousing as food.