Project: Food Budget, Week 17

Food Budget Piggybank

Actual $ spent this week:

Grocery: $320
Costco: $156
CSA: $34 (beef was sold out! Hope to get on the order next time.)
Eating out: $62

As simple as that, we were under budget overall, by $62. We ended up spending less at the grocery store because of planning, planning, planning, list making, and making menus. Of course, conversely, we ended up spending more at Costco because we put off shopping there (for weeks), and kept running out of our Costco staples. By the time I went last night, the list had gone from “bread, chocolate milk for lunches” to about 20 items.

It seems simplistic, but sometimes we run on auto-pilot when it comes to eating and feeding. I know as a busy, work-outside-the-home mom, this is particularly true. For a few months, I am sure I was shopping off the same list, throwing together the same meals, and wasting a bunch of food, especially produce — which is a particular shame, because I get some damn tasty produce from my CSA — and, as a result, stressing about feeding my family.

Joining this project has made me aware, again, of the importance of menu planning and using the food in my kitchen. I’ve become mindful of my shopping list again, mindful about what I want to teach my children about eating healthy food and liking it. I feel very fortunate to have kids who will try everything, and like almost anything (cabbage being the current exception to the rule!).

Let’s see how everyone else did!

* Emily Levenson
* Dairy-Free Cooking
* Test Kitchen Tuesday
* Acquired Tastes
* Fit Flexitarian
* Warm As Pie
* Katy Rank Lev
* My Inner Healthy
* Little Blue Hen
* xox, b
* What da Health?
* Project Food Budget 2.0
* Fresh…A New Chapter
* Chandeleah
* Two Eggs Over Easy
* That’s Just Me
* Eat Whole Be Vital
* Four Happy Violets
* Naturally {Un}refined
* Pgh Dad
* yogabeautylife
* Charmingly Modern
* NaMAMAste

6 thoughts on “Project: Food Budget, Week 17

  1. Yeah, I agree, I never imagined that I’d be learning so much by joining up with this project. I never thought I’d be planning menus, but I’m doing it and it works!

    Anyway, congrats on your being under! yay!

    • Thanks. One of the reasons I joined was because I needed new menu items. I was cooking the same thing over and over again. I’ve found some great recipes I’m excited to try, and to share with my family!

  2. Congrats on being under budget – that’s great! And $62 is not chump change, either!

    It’s amaing how much menu planning really does help…

  3. Oh I hear you with that! I so have that same feeling with menu planning! Not so long ago, our suppers where always meat plus steamed veggies plus either pasta, potatoes or rice… Not I get more creative! Wouhou!
    I miss Costco and their uge cheddar pieces!!!
    Have a good weekend!

    • It’s easy to just make the same thing because it’s the path of least resistence. but it’s time for my kids to learn some new dishes! At least they are always willing to try. I talk about them eating beets, lentils, beans, and so on, and people are so surprised. But they really love their fruits and veggies. We’re still working on some other things. 🙂

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