Food Budget Week 4

We went way over again! We spent $278.26. Here’s what we bought:

PRODUCE:

  • Organic avocados $2.00
  • Organic bananas $2.51
  • Blackberries $4.00
  • Red cabbage $4.22 – paid way too much for this lol
  • Carrots $6.05
  • Celery $3.29 – Costco
  • Cucumber $1.18
  • Garlic $1.38
  • Ginger $.65
  • Kiwano melon $5.99 – we didn’t even end up eating this before it went bad, stupid
  • Big bag of romaine $4.58
  • Onions $2.45
  • Bell peppers $5.49
  • Potatoes $2.19
  • Power greens $4.49
  • Snap peas $6.29 – Costco
  • Yams $10.99 – Costco

OTHER:

  • Butter
  • Sliced cheese $8.79
  • Ham shanks $19.51 – 4 big ones
  • Coffee $31.98 – lol we bought 2 big bags at Costco
  • Cottage Cheese $2.79
  • Heavy cream $4.99
  • Ice cream $15.47 – stocking up I guess!
  • 1/2 gallon milk $3.19
  • Yogurt $6.49 – Costco
  • Chicken breasts $7.27
  • Bacon $14.69 – Costco
  • Eggs $3.99
  • Frozen salmon $29.79
  • Brown rice syrup $6.39
  • Coconut $5.04
  • Ground ginger $5.79
  • Honey $20.98 – K bought one at Costco and I thought it was not for the house, so I bought another!
  • Tabasco $3.99
  • Tortillas $5.19

really want to do better. I keep forgetting that a new week starts on Sunday so we just go shopping on Saturday. I guess it doesn’t matter, we just need to do better with only getting what we need and having a plan. I didn’t really have a plan this week, and I still don’t. We will just try to use up what we have before we go shopping again.

So the total that we spent this month is a whopping $966.45. Per week that is $241.61. I think that is way too much and we can do a lot better! I am really going to be a stickler and we aren’t buying anything that isn’t on the shopping list, and I am going to plan out meals and stick to it.

Food Budget Week 3

We went way overboard this week, spending $343.08! This is including a missing receipt that someone held on to too long, so now it gets added into this week.  Annoying. We were also buying stuff for my birthday, and I guess I just disregarded the budget – obviously!

Here’s what we bought:

PRODUCE

  • Organic bananas $1.90
  • Bell peppers $14.76
  • Broccoli $3.32
  • Brussels sprouts $8.58
  • Organic carrots $2.12
  • Cauliflower $3.49
  • Celery $3.29
  • Cilantro $.99
  • Cucumbers $1.18
  • Garlic $1.38
  • Grapefruit $4.00 – on sale for 4/$1!
  • Organic green beans $3.99
  • Green onions $1.98
  • Habaneros $.78
  • Chives $1.50
  • Organic romaine $1.99
  • Mushrooms $2.35
  • Onions $.97
  • Parsley $.79
  • Yams $1.17

OTHER

  • Butter $15.98
  • Cheddar cheese $9.79
  • Heavy cream $4.29
  • 2 half gallons milk $4.00
  • Mozzarella $5.99
  • String cheese $10.89
  • Fage yogurt $6.49
  • Pancetta $8.45 – ended up tossing these both, I left one from Caputo’s downstairs instead of going in the fridge lol The other smelled too funky. Oh well.
  • Pastrami $16.99
  • Pepperoni $9.58
  • Baby back ribs $8.73
  • Picante sausages $8.15
  • Wild boar salami $13.63
  • Baking powder $2.65
  • Various flours, a lot of them $26.65
  • Coconut extract $5.49
  • Organic shredded coconut $3.99
  • Spices $14.64 – this included crystallized ginger, expensive but yummy!
  • Cornmeal $2.99
  • Coconut cream $11.97 – this was for my birthday cake, we bought extra
  • Dried figs $2.56
  • Guacamole (Costco) $10.99
  • Orange juice $1.34
  • Masa harina $1.99
  • Olive oil from Caputo’s $19.99
  • Organic oats $7.66
  • Pasta from Caputo’s $27.36
  • Polenta from Caputo’s $5.75
  • Roasted red peppers $4.99
  • Sweetened condensed milk $3.58
  • Crushed tomatoes $4.99

Whew! Going to have to really try and do better to make up for that, and it will take at least a month. My goal for this coming week is to be under $125. We already spent close to that for the week, so there is not really any wiggle room. We’ll just have to make it work with what we have!

Food budget Week 2

I know I said last week was week 2, it just seemed weird since the first one was only counting 3 days, so this is week 2. Again. There will be no more week 2s! We spent $90.78. We were trying to keep it down to redeem the fact that we went way over last week. It didn’t quite work, but we tried! And we did do okay. What we bought:

PRODUCE

  • Organic bananas $2.15
  • Bell peppers $3.38
  • Cucumbers $1.00
  • Garlic $1.28
  • Ginger $1.30
  • Green onions $.79
  • Thyme $2.99
  • Organic kale $1.50
  • Organic romaine $1.79
  • Limes $1.00
  • Onion $5.4
  • 5# bag russet potatoes $1.18
  • Radishes $.99
  • Tomatoes $2.64

OTHER

  • 2 1/2 dozen eggs $3.99
  • Baking soda $.99
  • Cinnamon sticks (Costco) $6.39
  • Sugar (Costco) $9.99
  • Chow mein noodles $1.69
  • Molasses $3.69
  • Pecans (Costco) $12.99
  • Fresh apple juice 1/2 gallon $7.99
  • Tortillas $4.89
  • Peanut butter $3.79
  • Cotija cheese $389
  • Sour cream $3.19
  • Guacamole $4.67

We made some really yummy things this week too!  We tried the Lemon Glazed Turkey Meatballs and  they were awesome!

I also did the crispy beef, which was just ok though, I put too much lime in the marinade.  We also tried the Colombian roast chicken legs which we all liked, but would cook a bit differently if we did it again. I ended up marinating them all day and then cooking at 400 for about an hour, that was too long! They were still tasty. Last night we had some Mahi Mahi tacos that were pretty great too.

Truthfully, we are needing to go to the store! But I want to wait until tomorrow so we don’t add anymore to this week’s spending. Here’s what I’m kind of planning for next week:

Posole-ish soup with potatoes

BBQ chicken or pork to use up some bbq sauce I bought

Beefy macaroni and cheese

Black bean and sweet potato tacos

Probably more mahi mahi and some cheesy broccoli quinoa

An onion and broccoli or kale quiche

And for my birthday I am going to make this Spaghetti Bolognese!

 

Food Budget Week 1

The budget is $125, and we definitely went over this week. We spent $177.09! We bought quite a few convenience foods and other random things that we didn’t need. Have to stop doing that.

This week we also made kind of an inventory list of things we have in the freezer and pantry. Hoping that will help to keep necessary purchases down and get stuff used up.

Here is what we bought:

PRODUCE

  • 2 honey crisp apples $2.58 – expensive but last time I had one was in Seattle and I couldn’t resist
  • Organic bulk carrots $.75
  • 2 cloves garlic $1.38
  • Parsley, chives, and dill $7.36 – bought these to make homemade ranch dressing
  • Organic baby kale for salads $2.50
  • Organic romaine hearts $2.49
  • Onions $3.08
  • 4 pounds navel oranges $2.99
  • Organic salad mix $2.50

OTHER

  • Cocoa powder $2.99
  • Buttermilk $4.49
  • Heavy cream $4.29
  • 1/2 gallon milk $3.19
  • Fage yogurts $10 – they were 10/$10
  • 1 1/2 dozen eggs $3.39
  • Turkey lunchmeat $6.59
  • Chia seeds $9.99 – this was one of those random did-not-need items :lol:
  • 2 bottles sweet and korean chile sauces $5.78
  • 4 cans coconut milk $8.00
  • Boxed coconut milk (for smoothies and such) $10.99
  • Honey $10.99
  • Mayo $4.39
  • Mustard $3.79
  • Costco organic olive oil $14.99
  • 4 bags organic popcorn $9.96
  • Jasmine rice $3.19
  • TJ’s verde salsa/sauce $199
  • Tamari $3.99
  • Case of tomato paste $6.69
  • Caveman bars $17.99 – another unnecessary buy
  • Pumpkin flax granola $7.79

I’ve made a meal plan this week based off of what we already have, and I’m determined to stick to it, or at least stay very close to it. We didn’t use much of the produce we bought so we shouldn’t even have to get much of that. What I have jotted down for the meal plan:

Lemon glazed turkey meatballs

Crispy beef/vaca frita

Fish tacos with mahi mahi

Colombian roast chicken

Pizza

I’m going to try to just buy what we need for these recipes, and it shouldn’t be much. Got to save a little to make up for overspending so much this week!

 

 

2015 Food Budget

I’ve decided I want to do better with the food spending again, so I’m going to do the budget thing again. Just for ease of operations I will be updating on Saturdays, when mostly people aren’t reading blogs anyway…

For now I’m just doing these first 3 days of the month.  So we’ve spent $77.24 on:

PRODUCE

  • Savoy cabbage $2.98
  • Swiss chard $2.00
  • Cucumber $1.18
  • Grapefruit $1.17
  • Mushrooms $1.48
  • Yellow onions $1.67
  • Green bell peppers $1.16
  • Russet potatoes $1.49
  • Turnips $1.86
  • Yams $4.07

OTHER

  • Cream cheese (3 packages) $5.00
  • 2 large chicken breasts $11.51
  • 1 1/2 dozen eggs $3.39
  • Applegate ham lunchmeat $5.29
  • Applegate turkey lunchmeat $5.29
  • Applegate pepperoni $4.79
  • Pistachios $15.59
  • Ciabatta rolls $2.60
  • Guacamole $4.72

I haven’t done any meal planning but I should have! I will before we go to the store next time for the weekly shopping. I’m also going to try harder to stick to sales fliers when I can. We still have lots of food downstairs in our food storage, and CSA meat in the freezer too. We tried for under $150 per week last time I kept track and we averaged $144 per week, so I guess I’d like to get closer to $125 per week if we could!  We’ll see.

 

On Meal Planning

I may have come over to the dark side :lol:

I could never wrap my head around meal planning before.  And maybe I still haven’t…  I have always just winged it at meal time.  Protein, veg, starch, all made easy, plain, and usually boring but effective!  A little while ago I saw a link on my Facebook feed for a meal planning website that was giving a 30 day free trial – it is called Plan to Eat.  Now I’m not sure this is the best meal planning website, but I figured I’d try it out for a month and if it helps, great.  If not, I’ll just quit doing it.  So far I am liking it, a lot!!  It does all of the thinking for me!  All I have to do is pick recipes.

You basically import recipes from websites, add them to your planner, and it generates a shopping list for you.  You can add stores so it will just send the items to the store lists you usually buy from – like I know I will buy cheese and eggs at Costco so it just sends those items to that store list.  Really, I like it the most just for that reason!!  I like to try new recipes, but scouring through them and trying to write out a list just annoys me, so I don’t do it.  This does it for me, and I can easily delete items that I know I have on hand already.  You are also supposed to be able to use the list on your smartphone, but so far I haven’t been able to log in on my phone.  I just printed the list out last week.  You can also plan for however long you want – a few days, a week, a month, whatever!  I am going week by week, and only planning dinners for now.

This week we’ve tried a bunch of new stuff, some really great and some that didn’t quite work out so well due to user error ;)  But so far I am enjoying it.  I planned out another week last night and I tried to focus on using stuff we have on hand already.  Once I had it all done and unchecked items I didn’t need, I hardly had anything on the list that I need to buy!  I will have to add some staples and stuff for other meals, mostly produce, but I’m excited to see just how much we end up getting, and I hope it is less than the $150 we want to spend for the week.  I am going to do my best to only go shopping one day a week, unless we really need something that we run out of or forget to pick up at the store

Here’s what I’m planning for the upcoming week!

Chicken Alfredo

Beef tacos

Butternut squash and coconut soup

Baked sweet potatoes with caramlized onions – we will have some baked salmon with this

Crock pot beans with a ham shank

White bean and chicken chili

Baked farro risotto and green beans with hazelnuts and thyme

I am also going to make some Lunchbox Oatmeal Bars and these molasses cookies, just to use up some almond flour and carob molasses that I have.

 

Food Budget wrap up for the year

I won’t go into the details of what we bought, just want to catch up and finish out the yearly budget.  We did a lot of eating out.  We also bought a lot of stuff for Christmas dinner and to make goodies to give to my family and friends.  I guess it probably all evened out.

  •  Week 1 $84.46
  • Week 2 $157.60
  • Week 3 $163.30
  • Weeks 4 & 5 $25.58
  • Week 6  $166.90
  • Week 7 $146.80
  • Week 8 $202.40
  • Week 9 $208.57
  • Week 10 $280.10
  • Week 11 $195.90
  • Week 12 $150.20
  • Week 13 $188.59
  • Weeks 14-17 $140.25 per week, total of $420.75
  • Weeks 18-21 $127.50 per week, total of $510
  • Weeks 22-24 $90.28 per week, total of $270.84
  • Week 25 $168.40
  • Week 26 $175.60
  • Week 27 $89
  • Week 28 $89
  • Week 29 $272
  • Week 30 $216
  • Week 31 $43
  • Week 32 $80.30
  • Week 33 $172.26
  • Week 34 $269.50
  • Week 35 $101.30
  • Week 36 $366.80
  • Week 37 $150
  • Week 38 $110
  • Week 39 $200.80
  • Week 40 $268.32
  • Week 41 $94.54
  • Week 42 $141.70
  • Week 43 $9.28
  • Week 44 $147.66
  • Week 45 $132.2
  • Week 46 $261.1
  • Week 47 $28.40
  • Week 48 $205.60
  • Week 49 $119.10
  • Week 50 $162.30
  • Week 51 $103.40
  • Week 52 $155.20

So if I was spending $125 per week, that would be $6,500 for the year.

Our 52 week total ended up being $7504.75 (unless I added wrong!), which comes out to be $144.32 per week.  This is actually pretty great!!  That includes food for parties, and food that we put up, and all of my overbuying on sales :lol:

I don’t know that I’ll keep doing these.  It was fun to see where we are at and to be able to keep under the $150 weekly mark.  If I keep doing it, I’ll try to add more of how we are actually using the stuff up. I do want to try and keep less food overall in the house.  We have shelves downstairs that are overflowing with food.  All shelf stable stuff of course.  Just things that were on sale, and a lot of it makes sense but it doesn’t if we don’t use it regularly!  I’m going to try and be better about that this year.  Anyway.

That’s a wrap!

 

Food Budget Week 48

We spent $205.60 this week!  I guess that isn’t horrible considering our turkey alone costed almost $50.  We cooked a lot of food for 2 Thanksgiving dinners too :)  Here’s what we bought:

PRODUCE:

  • Apples $1.70
  • Bell peppers $6.59
  • Raspberries $11.37 – for a school thing
  • Broccoli $2.85
  • Brussels Sprouts $3.69
  • Carrots $3.39
  • Celery $1.27
  • Cranberries $5.00
  • Cucumbers $1.18
  • Garlic $1.77
  • Green onions $.99
  • Herbs $10.15
  • Lemons $1.18
  • Lettuce $2.98
  • Oranges $2.53
  • Potatoes $3.09
  • Salad mix $3.99

OTHER

  • Butter $7.59
  • Heavy cream $4.14
  • Yogurt $4.31
  • Turkey $8.22 for parts to make stock, $12.89 for sliced turkey for the school thing, $48.27 for a fresh 18 pound turkey
  • Kidney beans canned $5.00
  • Coffee $10.59
  • Gelatin $1.99
  • Mixed nuts $14.69
  • Bagels $1.78
  • Bread $9.47 most of this was for stuffing
  • Chips $3.00
  • Cookies $7.49

So that puts us at $6964.75 for the year, averaging out to be $145.09.  Still not bad!  We have loads of leftovers in the fridge, so I don’t see us spending too much on groceries this week.

Food Budget week 47

We didn’t do hardly any shopping this week.  We have been eating out quite a bit, so that’s why.  But at least we weren’t stocking up the fridge, going out to eat, and then wasting food because of it :lol:  We only spent $28.40!  What we bought:

  • Comte cheese $9.99
  • Beef jerky $11.73
  • English muffins $1.99
  • Bread $4.69

I’m sure we will be spending more money this week with Thanksgiving coming up!

So, I have gone through all of my budget posts this year and I have a running total of what we’ve spent.  With this week added in we are at $6759.15.  This averages out to be about $143 per week.  I think this is pretty good!  We’ll see how the last 5 weeks go.

Budget Week 46

We did good this week!  We went over budget, but that is because we bought another meat CSA share which was $164.80.  So on groceries at the store, we only spent $96.30!  Budget is $125.

Here’s what we bought:

PRODUCE

  • Hot peppers $6.99
  • Red onion $.69
  • Zucchini $.99

DAIRY

  • Butter $8.00 – On sale, stocking up!
  • Heavy cream $7.98 – going to make ice cream again :)

MEAT

  • Pork CSA share $164.80
  • Ham $3.40
  • Pastrami $3.99
  • Pork sausage $11.03
  • Wild boar salami $14.29
  • Turkey $5.98

OTHER

  • Salt $4.99 – I got this fancy truffle salt I wanted to try
  • Refried beans $3.00
  • Chocolate bars $12.00 – We were low, only had two bars in the cupboard!
  • Pasta $3.99
  • Wheat bread $1.39
  • Tortilla chips $2.00
  • Tortillas $5.49

We didn’t use up much produce this week, so we didn’t need to buy much.  Apparently we are all about the meat this week :lol:  Going to make a list today and do a little shopping to get us all set for the coming week.  Only 6 more weeks left!!