From BundleHQ: Do your neighbors eat in or dine out? Reactions to our food spending report
We were so busy with the food-and-drink report yesterday, we forgot to buy gumballs. Today, a return to normalcy, plus gum. Please stop chewing so loudly. It's disgusting.
Pepperoni, olives, caviar: In our continued obsession with what we spend on what we eat, Justin notes the arrival of the $1,000 pizza, and Monica wonders if her food-inspired staycation will be any cheaper than the actual away-cation she says she can't afford. Dudes: take a cue from Kim, from Poor Girl Eats Well. She made cherry and Greek yogurt parfait shots, croques madame, and salad with fresh cherries, scallions and a Chardonnay vinaigrette for her mom for Mother's Day. The best part? The whole thing, including grapefruit mimosas cost just over $30. And that, my friends, is how she's spending half to one-third on groceries compared to some of her Sacramento neighbors.
Not about food: About clothes! The ones you don't wear, perhaps because you've been eating at Kim's house. Americans spent an average of $142 on clothes last May, Mike points out, but if you only wear half your clothes, you could be effectively wasting more than $800 of your annual clothing budget. Fear not! We've got solutions: Jaidev admits to his nerdy/awesome closet-management system based on the Kanban inventory system (one in, one out); Mo forces himself to wear every shirt once before he can wear a shirt twice (and he's Bundle's most fashionable man); Justin's forcing himself to wear clothes he hasn't "warmed up to" yet. And don't forget Emma's suggestion: You can always sell the clothes you don't wear. And buy more clothes.
Back to food: Did you bring your lunch today? Take a picture and enter our contest! You could win fame, fortune, a lunchbox!
A report on our report: Let me be a Proud Mama for a second. The Food and Drink Report is making its way around the internets, prompting many jillions of people to think a little harder about how much they're spending on, uh, food and drink. The Business Insider wrote about it, and one Dallas reader reviewed her 2009 food spending: $11,000. "That's nuts," she wrote. (Thanks also to Time, LAObserved, ChartPorn, WalletPop, and others for getting the word out.)
They love charts. Also, bacon: From our pals at I Love Charts, an illustrated ode to bacon. Not about money, just about bacon. Fact: Bacon bits at the supermarket are actually vegetarian. I can't decide how to feel about that.
Question of the day: Everyone else is asking, so why not us? Is it time to quit Facebook? (What if it was called BaconBook? Then would you quit?) Comment, or tweet us: #quitter!
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