Our budget doesn't normally allow for $400 a month on food, and the more I thought about it, the more that I realized that I didn't really know what our monthly food budget was. I decided that this challenge would be a good way to try to spend as little as possible, while buying as much whole food as we can. The husband has remarked more than once over the last few weeks that we're not eating as much fruit and veg as we should be, and he's totally right. So.
I went grocery shopping on Monday, armed with a rather ambitious list. I was disappointed to find that several of the items were not even available at our local grocery chain (farro, local maple syrup, reasonably priced agave nectar). I did some rearranging of the menu for the week in my mind, and I ended up spending $62.14. Not bad.
Broccoli gribiche and pastene with roasted tomatoes
Things that we ate this week: Pastene with butter, green beans and homemade bread
Broccoli gribiche, leftover pastene with roasted tomatoes and more bread
Hamburgers and salad
A minor wrench was thrown into my food schedule when the girl became sick on Friday night with a high fever (high enough that we drove to urgent care - she's fine now), and we ended up eating chocolate ice cream. This also threw my budget a curveball, as the husband was the one who went to pick up her Tylenol and ice cream, and came home with three bags of cookies/chips/ice cream/gross Campbell's soup that no one will eat, as is a worried papa's prerogative. Add $39.68 to our food spending.
Kale salad with bulgar wheat
Yesterday afternoon I went out to get ingredients for the burgers, and I got a few other things to make some more salads this week. Total spent was $14.19. I baked two more loaves of bread, plus today I am planning on making some pumpkin muffins for breakfasts. I still have some food from last week that I haven't used yet, so all in all I think we're in good shape. Avocados were on sale (yay!!!), so tonight I'm planning on making the Orzo Salad recipe from Super Natural Every Day, which is pretty much my new favorite cookbook of all times. Every recipe has been a winner so far. Love it.
Total spent so far: $116.01
My goal for this week is to use as much as I already have, using only the $12 I have in my bag to purchase anything else.
Did I mention I made the last of the coffee this morning?