Project: Food Budget–Week 4

17 02 2011

How has it already been a month?! So far so good on the Project: Food Budget. Here is where we netted out this week:

Goal: $75
Actual: $68.01

Amazon Fresh Qty. Extended Price ($)
Organic Valley Milk, Fat Free, Gallon 1 $6.19
Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice, 128 oz 1 $6.79
Tillamook Shredded Cheese, Medium Cheddar, 8 oz 1 $3.99
Chiquita Bananas 8 $3.29
Sun-Maid California Raisins 1 $4.69
Hunt’s Tomato Paste, No Salt Added 2 $2.58
Spice Classics Chili Powder, 4.37 oz 1 $1.49
Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats, 32 oz 1 $3.99

CSA Box – $35:


Menu for the week in progress:

  • Monday: Chili from the weekend
  • Tuesday: Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
  • Wednesday: Leftovers from Tuesday
  • Thursday: Teriyaki Seitan and Broccolini
  • Friday: Pizza (to fuel for Saturday’s long run)
  • Saturday: Pasta of some sort (to fuel for Sunday’s long bike ride)
  • Sunday: Panini sandwiches and potatoes


  • Since this was a CSA week, I had a much more restrictive budget with which to work over a normal week. Luckily we are pretty well stocked up from last week and didn’t need a lot!
  • 2Chili has informed me he does not like the Trader Joe’s orange juice, so we’re back to his normal Tropicana from Amazon Fresh. I am not a juice drinker, so, I was just looking at it from a cost perspective. Apparently the TJ juice is just not great.
  • I find myself thinking more about what we need and making lists, instead of just willy nilly adding things to my shopping order on a whim. That’s a good thing!
  • I now have a lot of greens on hand, thanks to our produce box. I’m thinking of making this soup from Gena over at Choosing Raw as a way to use them in a productive way…

Check out how my blog buddies in budgeting are doing:




3 responses

17 02 2011

time goes by quickly, doesn’t it!

the hubster is very particular about his OJ too. there must be something in the tropicana…

i look forward to seeing what you do with those greens!

17 02 2011

I am so glad you started this challenge! It has been really great so far.

Yeah, apparently the TJ’s is from concentrate, which maybe makes it a little more bland? Not sure, but he is happy this week to have the real stuff! 🙂

17 02 2011
Stephanie Brown

Under budget, Yay! I’m super particular about orange juice, too. Most of it is just nasty but I do like Tropicana (with lots of pulp). The concentrate kinds are so bitter to me. Almost hard to swallow.

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