Finding true value
As I learn to be a mindful consumer, I’m also learning what I value versus its cost. When I was younger, if something was inexpensive, I considered it a good deal and gave it a false sense of ‘good value’. As I get older and become a more experienced shopper, with higher disposable income, I’m learning to be more discerning in how, and where, I place value.
Value to me now, means: quality, convenience, and that which brings me joy. And it’s not all wardrobe related, if you’re wondering why there’s a collage of food posted. It’s over all value in my life, which brings me to the collage of food.
Our food subscription service to Good Food (www.makegoodfood.ca) is actually what made me realize how I now look at value. When we tried our first week free through recommendation by my father-in-law, I was hooked but also weary of the $87 weekly cost, which is $348/month. I was convinced that we didn’t spend that much on groceries in a month. And we didn’t. But we did spend that much (maybe more) on eating out during the month because we suck at buying groceries.
We would waste time thinking of what to buy for the week, only to get annoyed with each other and then end up buying things that don’t make actual meals, (let alone something delicious like what we can make with Good Food), resulting in us going out to eat because there’s “nothing to eat at home” and we’re hangry.
In my back and forth to decide whether we continue, or skip weeks, it made me realize $348/month for not feeling annoyed and wasting time in a grocery store is something I value a lot. We even took the opportunity of a short work week to skip a week of meals to see how we felt about it and we felt sad. And irritated. When our meals arrived the next week I could feel the sense of relief it brought. So this convenience is something I truly value. I can’t remember where I read or heard this, but someone had a $10 rule where if by spending $10 added value to their lives, they would spend it without hesitation. That really stuck with me, and at $10.88/meal/person, that’s close enough for me!
Other things I really enjoy about Good Food is trying new ingredients without having to buy the full package. Having to buy an ingredient I know would only get used once really hindered me from trying recipes because I wasn’t interested in waste. With Good Food, you get exactly what you need - good for the wallet and peace of mind. Their ‘skip week’ select option is so hassle-free if we need to skip the week, and if we change our minds, we just un-select it before the our billing deadline and we’re back on schedule. And if I do need to get in touch with customer service is soooo easy and their reps are so nice and helpful. I’d say Good Food really hits all the things I value when it comes to spending my money.