Who You Are – Results From the Reader Survey

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:

And a few new-to-me sites:

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.


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  1. I have a question for the couponers. How in the world do y’all do it?? I can spend $1.50 on a Sunday paper and only get one $0.75 coupon out of all of them. I have yet to figure out how that whole system works.


    • Andie, I don’t use coupons right now, just because of the time requirement, but I know it can really save a lot of money if done right. Grocery University, is an audio-course that teaches you to combine coupons and sales. That course does go on sale occasionally. That’s my affiliate link, but I share it because I’ve listened to the whole course and she really does teach how to use coupons to really save.
      You can also find many deal bloggers who will teach you how to coupon and also match coupons and sales for your local stores. I hope that helps!

    • You can also go to Coupons.com or pillsbury or betty crocker or a whole bunch of other free places for coupons online.

    • Kimberly says:

      CouponDivas.com is a great source of coupon match-ups for weekly ads. Sign up for their newsletters and you’ll get emails letting you know where you’ll get the most for your money.
      You can also go to coupon websites like RedPlum or SmartSource and get printable coupons for your area for free. No need to by a $1.50 paper for a single coupon.
      I don’t use a lot of coupons, because they’re mostly for name-brand items, and I can usually save more by buying store brand. For instance, the coupon might be for 50 cents off Kraft shredded cheese, but store-brand shredded cheese is 70 cents less than Kraft. So, even if I use the coupon, I still pay 20 cents more for name brand over generic. The only cases I do this are on items where name-brand is a must for my family (like ketchup or chicken nuggets).
      My husband works at a discount retailer and gets a discount. We do almost all of our shopping there, and it saves us even more to buy store-brand. Therefore, I like to go to the store’s website and print off coupons to use in-store on name brand items that we use, and occasionally they’ll have coupons for store-label items as well.

  2. The results were very interesting and informative. I was surprised to see how my answers stacked up against others, and found myself in some of the majorities (thought I would be all minority). Quite a surprise. If you have anymore surveys in the future, I’m ready. Thanks for a wonderful blog with lots of great recipes. Have a great day!

  3. Thanks for posting the results. That was fun to see what other people said.

  4. It was interesting both to do the survey and see the results.

    I really like your recipes and appreciate the time you take in putting everything up for us. Thanks so much.

  5. Thanks for the results. BTW, if you had asked, I LIKE to cook! I also like grocery shopping. I’m a “make a list” personality, and it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something to have “conquered” my list. Yet I’m not strick about planning a menu… Am I weird? ☺

    • Arminta, I like to cook too, but I hate grocery shopping and grocery list making! I do make tons of to-do lists though and love that feeling of crossing things off.

  6. We read a lot of the same blogs. Christy from Southern Plate and Tina from Mommy’s Kitchen were my first blogging buddies.
    The results were interesting to read. I’ve just posted my first reader survey so I’m interested in seeing the data other bloggers have gotten from theirs.

  7. I just wanted to say that I stumbled onto your blog and I love it. I am a busy mom of 3 kiddos ranging in ages from 1 1/2 to 5 years old! I do enjoy cooking and I love your system that you have made available to us! I think the only way to go with a busy lifestyle is to have a menu…and its so rewarding to have a sit down homemade dinner everynight (well as “sit-down” as you can be with young ones!) I love the way you cook, its totally my kind of cooking and I am really looking forward to using your recipes!!! Thanks again for all the work you put into this!
    I do have one question for you, and its not food related…you mentioned that you homeschool…do you have any tips and suggestions for this busy mom who wants and knows that homeschool is a great way to go, just completely overwhelmed with the “how-to” of it all, and how to get started…etc…
    Thanks again!

  8. Enjoyed reading the results and glad I was able to squeeze in and take the survey too! I found myself in the majority most of the time, but not for every one. I’ve also found that flexibility is key for me and also found out that freezer meals are great for most days of the week but tonight I made your Bowtie Pasta recipe from a few days ago and my whole family loved it, with the exception of my newly 7 year old, he gave you a thumbs “side ways” and I found chicken and red peppers left in his bow. He just recently decided he likes raw peppers as did my 4.5 year old, but not the roasted so much.

    • “thumbs side ways” 🙂

      • This was while the 9 and 4.5 year olds were cheering with arms up high when I asked should I make this again. 🙂 Then the “thumbs side ways” guy gave the a thumbs down. I’m sure this one will be made again, I added to my recipe book in “documents”. 🙂

        PS- I had another boy! Keegan was born Feb 8th, 8# 9 ounces

  9. OldNuffToKnoBtr says:

    If you had asked do I like to cook. I would reply, “My cooking gene expired about 2 years ago.”

    It surprises me; but, I no longer enjoy the cooking or the clean up. I am above 65 and as my friends one-by-one grew weary of cooking, I was sure I never would. I still do cook some, but work hard with lists and coupons at choosing wholesome foods that require very little cooking. Thanks for your web site. I read you everyday that I am on the computer..

  10. geez, I feel a little bit bad I didn’t list your site as one of my fave cooking sites because it is! I just figured you wanted OTHER sites/cookbooks etc. loved the survey and fun to see the results!!

    • s, don’t feel bad! I was super surprised that anyone listed it, because I was thinking of other sites when I asked. I’m just thankful that anyone reads my blabbering and likes my recipes 🙂

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