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…

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Project Food Budget: Week 10

31 03 2011

Nothing huge to note this week, however, Mother of 2Chili did report that she quite enjoyed the Veggie Yakisoba leftovers while she was housesitting for our recent vacation. “Grams,” as our dog and cat call her, never knows what she may find in the fridge when she’s here for a visit. Luckily, this time, she found something quite tasty.

I am still not caught back up on my life from being gone for a few days, so, this week I took the easy way out and just ordered from Amazon Fresh. When you are behind in everything and working around the clock, a little extra cost for home delivery is worth it. I have been glued to my desk chair for what seems like three solid days, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Life should be back on track on time for the weekend!

Here’s this week’s damage:

Goal: $75
Actual: $68.20

Amazon Fresh Qty. Extended Price ($)
Organic Valley Milk, Fat Free, Pasteurized, Gallon 1 $6.19
Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice with Calcium and Vitamin D, No Pulp, 128 oz 1 $6.79
Chiquita Bananas, 5 Count Bunch, Green (Ecuador) 1 $2.09
Chiquita Bananas, 3 Count Bunch, Ripe (Ecuador) 1 $1.29
Bob’s Red Mill, Wheat Germ, 16 oz 1 $2.89
Bob’s Red Mill, Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats, 32 oz 1 $4.99
C&H Pure Cane Sugar Golden Brown, 2 lb 1 $3.09
Heinz Vinegar, Apple Cider, 16 oz 1 $1.59
Fiesta Lentils, 16 oz 1 $1.29
Yellow Onion, Organic, 1 Onion (United States)@0.99ea  1 $0.99

CSA Box – $37


Menu for the Week:

  • Monday: Egg Scramble with Kale, barley, carrots, and mushrooms (no 2Chili for dinner as he was still driving home…poor guy).
  • Tuesday: OMG Onion Rings and Tuna  Melt for 2Chili (I had onion rings and then cereal. Really. I was so flabbergasted from the onion rings I couldn’t think of what else to make. Tip: Do not eat onion rings and chase with cereal. Blech.)
  • Wednesday: Refried Bean Burritos
  • Thursday: Some Sort of Pasta with Red Sauce and Snow Peas
  • Friday: Lentil Loaf and Mashed Potatoes
  • Saturday: Butternut Squash Orzo
  • Sunday: Veggie Chili

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Project: Food Budget–Week 5

24 02 2011

I am starting to really get a hang of this! Here is this week’s damage:

Budget: $75
Actual: $75.28

Amazon Fresh Qty. Extended Price ($)
Baby Apple Medley 1 $3.99
Yellow Onion 1 $0.69
Baby Carrots, Organic, 1 lb Package 1 $2.29
Fiesta Frijol Pinto Beans, 32 oz 1 $3.59
Fiesta Garbanzo Beans, 16 oz 1 $1.39
Fiesta Light Red Dry Kidney Beans, 16 oz 1 $1.59
Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips 1 $3.29
Trader Joe’s Qty. Extended Price ($)
Mediterranean Hummus 1 $3.99
Dark Roast Coffee 1 $4.49
Mini Milk Chocolate Bars (2Chili made me) 2 $3.58
Herbed Goat Cheese Log 1 $2.49
Bananas 3 $0.57
Large Cage Free Eggs 1 $2.57
TJ’s Mini Shredded Frosted Wheats 2 $5.98
12 Grain Crackers 1 $1.99
Low Sodium Veggie Broth 2 $3.98
Firm Tofu 1 $1.29
Greek Yogurt 1 $2.79
Organic Fat Free – Gallon 1 $5.69
Organic Green Bell Pepper 2 $2.99
Strawberry Preserves 1 $2.99
Dried Bing Cherries 1 $3.49
Almond Butter 1 $4.99
TJ’s No Salt Marinara Sauce 2 $4.58

Total: $75.28

Menu for the week:

  • Monday: BBQ Seitan Sandwiches with Home Fries
  • Tuesday: Easy Veggie Lasagna
  • Wednesday: Lentil Loaf with Balsamic Glaze (from Emily Levenson) with Broccolini
  • Thursday: Leftover Lasagna
  • Friday: Pasta with Arugula Pesto (long bike ride planned for Saturday = yay for carbs!)
  • Saturday: Enchiladas, 2Chili Style
  • Sunday: Leftovers

Observations for the week:

  • I realized when I was entering my receipts that one reason we are able to come close to the budget is I don’t buy that many fully processed foods. That’s a good thing, and it’s lighter on the pocketbook too. I’d say we’ve been falling into the 80/20 rule: 80% “ingredients” and 20% ready-to-eat, or pre-packaged.
  • The baby apples from Amazon were a bad purchase. That is the one downer to buying produce online – you can’t tell exactly what you are getting. There turned out to be 5 baby apples (about half the size of a normal apple) for $3.99. So, not the best value.
  • One big money saver for us is bread. I have been making our bread for about a year  now – and that has turned out to be a huge saver. Bread without HFCS in it is pretty expensive to buy, but cheap to make! This is the bread that is 2Chili’s favorite. I either make a French loaf or put it into a pan and have a traditional loaf out of it.

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