Today the girls and I are making the trek up to Whole Paycheck (aka Whole Foods Market). The distant commute minimizes the Whole Foods' influential tentacles on our household budget. After about a month of eating exclusively Feingold food at the family table (household and personal products took a little longer to integrate) the effect on the budget is about an extra 100 dollars per month in groceries, give or take 20 dollars. The trip to Whole Paycheck is for a change of scenery and for some menu variety which we (I?) seem to need at this point. Out of all the food listings on Feingold Diet, Whole Foods appears to have the greatest availability of products. The biggest temptation will not that I will bust the budget on Whole Foods groceries, but that I will buy things that we will consume too quickly because of their novelty--and that I'll have to go purchase groceries again too soon--a budget buster of a different brand. I also must remember to take cash with me and leave the debit card in my wallet.
I can't imagine what we would be shelling out to live on the Feingold Diet if we lived in South Dakota; groceries were expensive enough with all-natural and organic varieties insanely expensive. If we were merely eating on the cheap, we could probably lower our food budget by 100 dollars on King County grocery prices. It's that less expensive in the Northwest compared to South Dakota--though I haven't determined whether the lower prices can be attributed to metro location (competition and volume) or regional abundance of foodstuffs, or a combination thereof.
Commuting so far to go to the grocery store rubs me the wrong way these days, especially since I discovered Walk Score. These are the day to day adventures of the give and take of a home economist. I know I'll miss it when I'm not doing it full-time, so I shall enjoy it while it lasts.