I'm not going to poison myself eating that junk. I can refute any common non-moral argument spouted by vegetarians. Wheat is by far the cheapest on a calories per dollar basis, but it wreaks havoc on my health. I used to have constant inflamed gums between my upper molars and brain fog due to likely being pre-diabetic (having a bad insulin response to eating), both of which were cured.
It's going to vary from person to person, of course, but to me the long term risks are far too high. I place utmost value on living as long as possible to maximize my chance of being a part of the singularity, or at least some sort of fusion with machines, or even optimal brain plastination. Quality of life is another thing to consider, even if it will mainly effect you 30 years out.
Looks like I'll be changing my diet a lot when I move in a couple months. How come you go for beef regularly, even if it is ground, when it's so much more expensive than, say, dried beans or lentils bought in bulk? Isn't it cheaper to maintain a mostly vegetarian diet?
I have plenty of condiments and supplementary food, like liver, eggs, corned beef, butter, burro bananas, and plantains, so it's not as super boring as it sounds, but I do pretty much eat the same things most days.
I would guess $120 on average. I'm 5'8 and weigh 140-145lbs. I'm extremely inactive most days, though, except for a heavy weight lifting session once a week just to maintain muscle mass, but I've been very inconsistent with it. Lately I literally don't even get out of bed most days except for necessities. According to this 30 mins of walking a day at a 3mph pace burns 120 calories for a 150lb person: http://www.fitnessforweightloss.com/...-burn-walking/
So I would add maybe $15 more a month for a person with this much average activity. Shoot for $150 a month without any eating out.
I have a very unrealistic diet, for the average person. Strict paleo template.
I tend to buy in bulk so my monthly expenses aren't consistent. Most of my calories come from russet potatoes, @ around $2 for 10lbs, sweet potatoes @ 40-49 cents a lb, ground beef, usually bought on sale around $2-2.33 a lbs, and white rice at $10 for 20lbs.
I spent $125 March, $64 February, $107 January, $233 December, $107 November, $53 October, $195 September. $114 last 6 months, $126 last 7.