Budget

Buy This, Not That: Whole Foods — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen.

If you are someone who cares a lot about sticking to a frugal budget — and frankly, everyone should — it can feel really easy to scoff at Whole Foods (or "Whole Paycheck," as my mother likes to call it) as a concept. Yes, it's a rather expensive store, and yes, they often stock items so ludicrously unnecessary and laser-targeted on bougie hipsters that it can feel like one big practical joke (I'm looking at you, asparagus water), but there is a lot of good to be found in the aisles of the big W-F. Not only are there certain items that are actually distinctly cheaper to buy at Whole Foods, but there are also things the store just does damn well.

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This $8 Rosé from Aldi Is One of the Best Bottles of Wine in the World — Grocery News

There's good news in store for rosé-lovers: An affordable line of the pink wine just won a prestigious award for its cost and quality. This means you can enjoy high-quality rosé without having to break the bank.

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Eat Well on Vacation with Kids Without Breaking the Bank. Here’s How. — Family Vacation

Hitting the road with kids in tow? You are in for an adventure! After 20 years of motherhood, I know that vacationing with children is not without its challenges, but I'm equally convinced that it's worth the effort. We've found that getting outside our comfort zone provides us with huge bonding moments. (Even that time the takeout pizza took two hours to arrive at our Le Mans hotel, with hamburger on it instead of pepperoni, has found a treasured place in our collective memory.)

As I type, I'm packing up six kids for a month in Europe. For the second time. No, I'm not crazy. Or rich. In fact, the only way we're able to swing such a travel endeavor is to do it on a budget. Here are 10 tips that help me and my family eat well and affordably while on the road.

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How a Family of 2 Eats for $84 a Week in Walla Walla, Washington — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Rebecca
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Age: 29
Number of people in family: 2 people; my husband and I.
Occupation: I'm a freelance science writer and my husband is an engineer.
Household Income: $110,000
Weekly food budget: $84 (eating out budget is $180 per month).

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This Is How Many Avocado Toasts It Costs to Buy a House — Food News

An Australian real estate mogul had some choice words about why millennials can't afford buying a home. While speaking with Australia's "60 Minutes" on Monday, Tim Gurner singled out avocado toast as one of the culprits.

"When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn't buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each," he said. "We're at a point now where the expectations of younger people are very, very high. They want to eat out every day; they want travel to Europe every year."

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How a Family of 5 Eats for $200 a Week in Madison, Wisconsin — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Emily
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 36
Number of people in family: 5 (my husband, myself, and our kids, a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and 10-month-old)
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom; husband is a construction coordinator.
Household income: $54,000
Weekly food budget: $200 a week

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