The household of 1951 has declared to implement a food plan to save money, eat healthier and learn new tricks in the kitchen stadium. We are a family of four tracing our roots to Thailand, Korea, Scotland and Japan. We each bring our own styles and flavors to our culinary palettes with varying levels of experience.
The Act began in an attempt to save money on our food bills. Korea had originally planned to spend $400 for the entire month on all food related items (groceries, lunches, dinner). However, to be able to do this effectively he needed more people in on the plan as they’d add more money to the pot and help stretch each dollar. Once he rallied all parties on board, we quickly realized it would get too complicated to manage. After much discussion, we whittled it down to dinners only, basing our calculations off of the original $400/month per-person.
Heavy deliberation and discussion ensued. It’s not easy passing a bill on our board as there were many wrinkles to iron out and potential variables to solve. We eventually narrowed it down to $10 per person, giving us a combined total of $40 to spend on each dinner (This did not include drinks). Instead of a month, we agreed on 8 days (Sunday through Thursday as we realized Friday and Saturday nights were more difficult to plan out) so we were equally responsible for two meals. Since we run our multi-cultural household as a democratic state, we picked straws to determine who chose which day on a snake draft (first person gets first and last choice, last person gets last and first choice).
We are a family to the core (other than buying groceries together) having known each other for over 7 years dating back to our infant days crawling away from our actual blood-related families. Therefore we care for each other. I note this because you might think, “Why not just spend as little as possible or buy McDonalds for everyone?” Well, we worked on the Honor System. We wanted to make sure we prepared a meal that was tasteful, filling and most importantly, within the budget. If one went over budget, they ate the cost.
I figured we’re not the only young professionals experiencing the constant “what’s for dinner dilemma” and habitually eating out. As we (and I’m sure the rest of our peers) have experienced, it gets tiring and expensive. Where to eat? What to eat? How far is it? Do they do take out? Who’s picking it up? Who’s paying? Are they open on Mondays? Not to mention having to come up with a group decision with a place that satisfies everyone’s food preference is nothing less than challenging (As I mentioned earlier, we’re a democratic state so majority rules).
The following posts are a documentary of the beginning of the 1951 Food Amendment Act. It was initially proposed to save money, but we’ve found it solved more than just dollar signs. Our microcosm has flourished in our family dinners.