Many people buy The Old Money Book in order to learn how to spend less money and still live well, and that’s great. A large part of the book is about being smart with your money.
But there’s one aspect of the Old Money philosophy that may require readers to seemingly spend more, and that aspect is food. If you’re going to avoid fast food, canned food, and processed food for the most part, as I suggest you do, and eat fresh and hopefully organic fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, your expenditures for food may increase.
Your time spent planning, preparing, and eating may increase, too.
At first glance, many will see this as contrary to “Living Better While Spending Less”, but actually, you’re long term costs will be lower. You’ll spend less on doctors and prescription medication in the future because eating better means you’ll enjoy better health. You’ll spend less on laxatives and digestive aids; less sick time, less missed work, more energy, more happiness.
Furthermore, if you adopt the Old Money philosophy across the board, you’ll be spending less money being a consumer, aimlessly wondering through the local shopping mall in search of something to buy. You’ll reallocate those resources to feeding you and your family fresh, healthy, clean food.
So your food bill may increase, but so will your quality of life. Look at your budget. Allocate your resources.