May 18, 2008

One week's worth of food...

Several things reminded me of this info lately.

1) The fact I can spend $60 at the grocery and it can all fit in two bags.
2) Someone is planning, purchasing, preparing an entire meal for us every Mon, Wed, and Fri of May...a huge added expense to their family's budget.

Since prices are going up...and up, I have been tightening the belt when it comes to grocery items. Not skimping. Just careful and conscious. I made me start thinking of all the families around the world. Which reminded me of this email I received long ago from a friend.

It made me re-think my family's prosperity...again. We are wealthy beyond measure in so many ways.

Following are typical families from around the world with one week's worth of food. (You'll notice the American fam includes their meals out.) Very interesting and eye-opening to me.

Let me know what you think...

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide. Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina. Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

Japan : The Ukita family of Kodaira City. Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

Italy : The Manzo family of Sicily. Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca. Food expenditure for one week: 1, 862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna. Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo. Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador : The Ayme family of Tingo. Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village. Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp. Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

Love Note for my Big Shooter: Thank you for taking care of this family and always being a fabulous provider. We appreciate you Daddy-O!


Anonymous said...

I also remember this e-mail but what a good reminder. We are all so truly blessed. In your regular e-mail I am going to forward an e-mail. Please pray for Kim as she goes to Myanmar. -Heather

Flea said...

That is a sobering analysis, isn't it? I shop at Aldi's, so my food bill stays near 170 every week. Still more than I want to shell out.

ShEiLa said...

I have seen this before and I amazed each time. It makes me feel so grateful for what we have. I wish that all of God's children had plenty to eat... but I realize that some do not. All of the extras don't even matter when you struggle just to survive.
toodles, Sheila

Anonymous said...

See I think this is one of the most misleading comparisons of all time. Unless, they also want to include average life spans, rate of illnesses due to chronic anemia, and in average educational level, and income level, you simply can not compare. An inner city mom who feeds herself and her kids milk and pasta gets by cheaply, they are all also overweight and in poor nutritional health.