I read this article on CNN which saids that cookbook and culinary magazine sales have increased ever since the economy has started going south. Cooking at home is an obvious way to save money, but I never considered how it impacted cookbook sales, which I found interesting.
When we first started this blog, more than a few people emailed asking if we really did eat every meal at home. The answer is yes. Mark and I ate out quite a bit before we had kids and often to very spendy places, but in an effort to save money for the baby while I was pregnant with M, we cut that down a lot. It’s true that we hardly ever go out now and I would estimate that we order in or eat out only once a month, though there are months when we do neither. It cuts our monthly food costs down to a lean number and we don’t waste any food since we go to the store with a shopping list and only buy what we need (sucks though when you have the munchies and you don’t have a stockpile of snacks to munch on). I think we’ve been disciplined about keeping food costs down for so long that it doesn’t bother us at all even though I’ll readily admit if we had more money, we’d eat out more. It’s getting harder, however, to be out with the kids and always say no when they see an ice cream truck or a cupcake in a bakery window, and now that it’s really feeling like Fall, we’ve been craving a glass of wine every evening (we have a small budget for that too).
But still, how fortunate do we feel these days since we have everything we need? It’s pretty scary out there and I have to say that I sort of feel lucky these days because we don’t live with the fear of the axe falling since neither of us have jobs – we’ve already experienced a layoff this year. Both our line of work is affected by what’s happening to the economy of course, like anybody else even if it’s not direct, and even though I haven’t seen the recession hit the particular industry I work in yet, I anticipate that it will trickle down at some point next year. And so we’re bracing ourselves like so many out there and hunkering down and hoping to come out the other side (whenever that is) relatively unscathed. I hope everyone out there is doing okay too.