National implications for a healthy budget can be seen on the local level in Florida

The average citizen is consumed by trends day in, day out, has been and will be for centuries to come. Phrases like “Going Green” and a concentration on eating healthy are the emphasized selling points for brands the nation over. Consumers beware of the lengths you go to in regards to how you spend your time and money on nutrition.

Cheryl Miller, a local resident of Casselberry, Fla., says food is one of the most important concerns of hers for both herself and her family.

“When I do my shopping I normally go through my coupons and compare to the specials and then plan my meals for the next two weeks or so,” she says.

“Weekends are normally meals that are time consuming to make and week days I try to limit to easier meals like pork chops, mashed potatoes, and a veggie.”

According to an article in Thursday’s edition of “USA Today,” healthy eating is a privilege of the rich. It’s no wonder that people are resorting to “extremes” in order to keep their nutrition in line.

Now there is even a TV show called “Extreme Couponing” which airs on The Learning Channel (TLC) to prove it. In one episode, a woman explains that she actually spends 30 hours a week “couponing.”

This much time spent attempting to save money on groceries can actually detract a person’s time from spending it in other ways that could help them save money, such budgeting or adding more hours to the work week.

Missy Eby could attribute those precious moments toward playing with her six children instead of using that time to worry about how to feed them more efficiently; though eating responsibly is of the utmost importance for the majority of Americans.

Whether it’s time you’re worried about or you’re concerned with allotting your finances toward the appropriate priorities in life, the cost of eating healthy really takes its toll.

“I spend over $1000 on food each month. I looked it up and that’s three times the U.S. average,” says 25 year-old Natalie Hofreiter, who lives in Winter Springs.

“I’ve been trying to cut it down and budget better, but I think the lowest I’ve spent so far is $800 one month. I was so proud of myself!”

Convenience isn’t much of a factor for the individuals who concentrate on budgeting their time and money towards eating healthy.

Gerardo Ortero Soto, 30, of Orlando would rather stay home and cook than go out to eat.

He says he doesn’t spend much on restaurants or big recipes, but usually cooks every night with his wife, Lysue Hernandez. His purchases are mostly based on taste and what he needs to cook the food he wants to eat.

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