Project Food Budget: Week 11

7 04 2011

This week, I splurged a little bit for Test Kitchen Tuesday’s dinner MP900438855but still somehow managed to come in only $1-ish over budget. And, in the process of that splurging, I realized how expensive meals with any kind of meat really are (be it fish, chicken, or beef, or whatever). We have been eating 90% meat free for about 6 months now, and, I had sort of forgotten the cost of animal products.

2Chili begged me for some American cheese this week, so I obliged because he never asks for anything…

Here’s where we netted out:

Goal: $75
Actual: $76.05

Amazon Fresh Qty. Extended Price ($)
Land O Lakes Light Butter W/Canola Oil, 8 oz 1 2.69
Kraft Milk Singles 2%, 14.7  1 4.99
Green Onion, 1 bunch (Mexico) 1 0.99
Stiebrs Farms, Cage Free Veg Fed Large Eggs White Eggs, 1 dozen 1 2.89
Halibut Fillet Skinless Boneless, 8oz, Frozen 1 $12.49
Smucker’s Spreadable Fruit Simply Fruit Strawberry, 10 oz 1 $3.49
Kikkoman Soy Sauce Less Sodium, 20 oz 1 $4.59
Thai Kitchen Pure Coconut Milk Lite, 14 oz 1 $1.79
Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste, 4 oz 1 $5.39
Mission 8 Inch Small Flour Tortillas, 8 ct, 10.4 oz 1 $2.19
Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips, 6 oz 1 $3.29
Total   $44.79
Trader Joe’s Qty. Extended Price ($)
Mini Milk Chocolate Bars 2 $3.58
Roasted Unsalted Cashews 1 $5.49
TJ’s Frosted Shredded Mini Wheats 2 $5.98
Organic Fat Free Milk 1 $5.69
12 Grain Crackers 1 $1.99
Organic Red Bell Peppers 2 $2.99
Strawberries, 1 lb 2.49 $2.49
Organic Kiwi 6 $2.29
Bananas 4 $0.76

If you’ve been with me a while around these parts, you may have figured out I have a slightly geeky side. I have been keeping a spreadsheet of all my weekly purchases since I started participating in Project: Food Budget. Next week, in honor of the three month mark of the budgeting, I’m dreaming of some sort of data slicing and dicing…

Budget Buddies:




3 responses

7 04 2011

i love your geeky side! and am excited to see what insights you have after three months of participating.

7 04 2011
Stephanie Brown

Holy Halibut!

We are slicing and dicing our food cost metrics spreadsheet-style, too. Mostly to compare prices on bulk / Costco items with buying smaller quantities at other stores and to create a chart of price fluctuations. Too much? 🙂

8 04 2011

Wow, you are going a level much deeper on your data analysis than I am. I love it! I joke that I only travel in a 5 mile radius of our house, so there aren’t too many stores to compare. 😉 I hope you’ll share your analysis – I would love to see it!

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