Last weekend, I posted a little survey to find out more about all of you on the other side of the screen. I’m overwhelmed by your responses for several reasons.
First, so many of you filled out the survey – 547 of you, to be exact. Wow! I know this blog has lots of readers. I can tell that from the traffic stats, but sometimes I have a hard time getting you to comment here. You’re chattier over on Facebook
There were only 11 questions, but after reading your responses, I wished I’d asked more. Let’s go through the results together, so you can see who we are as a group:
You can see from the chart above that we are mostly female around here. No big surprise there!
How old are you?
I wish I’d broken down the age categories a bit more, but you can see that we are mostly in our 30s and 40s, with some of this group blossoming into our 50s. 11% are over 55. My mom is one precious reader in this group. She told me she did the survey, but she has yet to leave a comment, even though she reads every day! (I know you’re reading this, Mom!)
Do you have kids under 18 living at home?
Again, I wish I had broken things down a bit more. 72% of us have kids under 18 living at home. I’m sure some of you are like me and also have kid(s) over 18 and living at home
What’s your work situation?
I know there are many other work situations than these, but I was trying to keep it simple. We’re split pretty evenly between full-time in the home and full-time out of the home, with a few variations in there.
How would you describe yourself as a cook?
I was so interested in learning the answer to this question. I get all kinds of questions by email and in the comments and I can tell there are many skill levels of cooks out there. This clears things up. I wish I’d asked if you like to cook.
Which is more important to you?
For 68% of us, saving money and saving time are equally important. 19% of us are more concerned about saving money than time. Only 11% say saving time is more important, even if it costs more. I’m guessing we all have a few days where saving time becomes the most important factor.
The interesting thing about this chart is it could be describing my own priorities. Most of the time, saving money and time are equally important. Sometimes though, saving money takes precedence. Less often, I need to feed everyone so quickly, cost becomes secondary. And 2% of the time, I can ignore money and time and cook what I want.
Do you regularly shop for organic food?
There’s lots of talk about organic foods, lately. I was curious about your shopping habits. Only 21% of you regularly buy organic.
Do you regularly shop sales and use coupons?
Flip-flopped from the last answer, 75% regularly use coupons and shop sales.
Tell me about your menu planning:
Most of us make a menu and are flexible in using it. 27% decide what to cook as they get to each day.
I must confess – even though I publish a new Menu and Grocery List every Monday for a free download, I rarely plan my own menu. I’m always creating new recipes, so I don’t usually use my own menu plans. I think that may be the definition of insanity! (During especially busy times, I do print and use my plans though, so I”m not a complete hypocrite.)
How often do you eat out each month?
Most of us only eat out once or twice a month. 27% eat out each week. 25% eat out more frequently. 6% of you are real Eat at Homers and never eat out. That’s cool!
List your favorite cookbooks, recipe websites and blogs.
I started to tally up the results so I could give you definite percentages, but quickly got overwhelmed with the volume of answers.
I was happily surprised to see that Eat at Home was listed more than any other site. I suppose that makes sense, since I’m surveying my own readers, but it still caught me off guard and made me happy too.
Other sites with lots of mentions were:
Some of my favorite food blogs also had lots of mentions:
- $5 Dinners
- A Year of Slow Cooking
- Mommy’s Kitchen
- Real Mom Kitchen
- Southern Plate
- Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
- Money Saving Mom
- Cooking During Stolen Moments
- Mennonite Girls Can Cook
And a few new-to-me sites:
- Tammy’s Recipes
- Hungry Girl – I’ve heard of her, but never really checked out the site
- Picky Palate – She had me at Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Monkey Bread!
- How Sweet It Is
- Gooseberry – I’d heard of it, but never checked it out.
Many others were listed, but these are the names I saw most often.
That’s us in a nutshell! What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the results?
The survey and the cool graphics are from Survey Gizmo, an awesome tool.