You can pay for good fruit and good health up front, or you can pay with doctor's visits, medications, and the quality of your life later. Not to mention lotions, soaps and cosmetics for bad skin!
this doesn't sound good for a min wage kid.....
bananas will be my best friends...
I spend about $300-400/month.
Quality, tasty fruit is expensive, no doubt about it.
In the United States, and eating conventional produce, expect to spend between 200-300 a month per person. If you eat organics and or exotic imported fruits, expect to spend up to 500 a month per person.
I have found that eating a conventional fruit diet and my previous meat based SAD diet cost about the same.
Ways to manage is to buy what is in season, or at least what your local store imports as in season. For example, right now, oranges are not grown locally where I live, but are brought in from California for a very cheap price.
I follow sales and buy a lot of what is on sale. If you have a Costco, Sam's Club, or BJs close to you, get a membership.
Some people have also figure out how to buy wholesale locally.
I always advise people to arrange their lifestyle around their healthy diet. For without health, there is no wealth. I have known people making 100k a year, and millionaires who claim they cannot afford fruit. But they have their priorities wrong. They took a mortgage out on a million dollar house, and bought the fancy cars, and are now slaves to the rat race and jobs they hate.
They end up stressed, depressed, and sick and on medication by the age of 45 and disabled by the age of 55.
Their pyramid of life is upside down.
I do not know your circumstances, but hope that if possible, spend on the fruit, don't try to budget and restrict. You will be more healthy in the long run, which will give you strength and energy to go and earn more money and or do what fulfills you spiritually.
$100 per week for TWO people?! Wow, you are lucky. I was spending around $150-$200 per week just for myself in the US, and will be again soon ):
My husband and I spend about 100$ a week too. Unfortunately, we live in an area where there are no organic distributors. If local fruit is not in season, we just buy organic at the grocery store. I'd rather spend the money to invest in health, rather than medicine. We rely a lot on organic bananas, which run around .69 cents per pound. This helps alleviate some of the costs.
I *wish* we were only spending $400/month on food! You've got it easy!
My partner and I spend at LEAST $600 per month, often more. We are particularly picky about food though, being that we will only buy organic, and we do most of our shopping at the local co-op health food store which is a bit more expensive, aaaand we have expensive taste... always wanting the nicest of ingredients/supplements/etc...
I think we could tone it down a lot but it's winter so it feels like everything is more expensive, and we're new to raw foodism (although long time vegans and health-foodies), so we're having fun experimenting with expensive gourmet recipes.
If that is 600 for two of you, that is still pretty good considering the types of food you are buying.
I think in the long run, you might come to enjoy this raw lifestyle more because it can be as complicated as you want if you like slicing and dicing, prepping and dishwashing, or as simple as you want, I like to eat a lot of my fruit straight from the peel...no prep, no clean up, and time to other things.
Fruit is the fastest fast food known to humans:)