I love eating fish, in fact, it is quite possibly one of my favorite things to eat, but it is so damn expensive if you want to eat the good stuff that’s local or not frozen. Last week my wife bought some fish, it’s not something we eat a lot of, perhaps once a month if we are lucky, but it is something that hits your wallet. The last fish that we ate cost us a little over $20. Now to be fair, it was really nice fresh fish that was caught in Australia.
I don’t mind spending a little bit more money to support local industry, plus I have reservations about purchasing fish from other countries where their use of mercury is a lot higher than what we have locally. However when you consider that we spent $20 for just 1 meal, that’s just too high to do frequently. On average our family spends somewhere between $9 and $10 per meal per week for 2 adults and one toddler.
If I compare the $10 per meal that we normally have, versus the $20 per meal when eating fish, I can immediately see our weekly shopping budget getting slaughtered. As I mentioned earlier, we could reduce the cost of our fish by buying frozen, but I find that I do not enjoy it nearly as much, and there is a far greater chance of buying something that was produced overseas.
Another highly enjoyable way of getting more fish into our diet would be for me to improve my skills as a fisherman. Unfortunately not only am I not all that great at fishing, but I also don’t have the amount of time available to me to regularly spending time catching our own food. Fishing is fine as a recreation, but as a way to conserve money, then there are probably easier ways.
The main thing I wanted to point out is that fish (particularly fresh) can be very expensive when compared to other types of food, so just be aware of that the next time you go shopping and perhaps try to eat fresh fish a little less frequently if you want to save money.