Hey, readers! Some of you may recall my participation in Project Food Budget 2.0 a few years ago. (You can read those posts by clicking on the category with its name.) I committed to a full year of weekly blogging about my food budget. It was an eye-opening experience. It required discipline in shopping AND in blogging. I loved what it did for our bank account, but I didn’t always love how Warm as Pie became so focused on food and money.
Last week, I randomly ventured over to Emily Levenson’s blog–host of Project Food Budget–and I was surprised and quite pleased to see that she was doing the project again. In fact, it started on June 1st, so I was late but not too late. This time, Project Food Budget is running only 12 weeks. I think that is a good balance. I will have the experience of focusing on my budget and building a community with other bloggers, but my blog won’t get invaded by tons of money talk. (Any other fans of Little Women? I can just hear Meg March saying, “I despise all this money talk. It isn’t refined!”)
I will be posting each Tuesday to share the news on my weekly budgeting, meal planning, and shopping. This is my Week #1. Everyone else is on Week #6.
Goal: $120 Actual: $99
My true budget (set by my hubby) is $150 for food per week, but part of the reason I’m doing this project is to cut down on spending. Therefore, I’ve made my own budget $120. When we eat out, we mentally divide that expense and subtract it from the food category and the “fun” category. So my new budget also leaves a little wiggle room for eating out from time to time. I’m shopping for six eaters–one of whom is just a little guy who doesn’t make much of a dent in the budget, yet. I try to choose natural options–organic when I can swing it.
My shopping day is Monday, and I chose to go to Aldi. I have been an Aldi failure for years, but in the last few months, I’ve improved my Aldi-shopping skills. Some pep talks from friends, inspiration from my sister, and quite a few practice runs have brought me to the point where most of my shopping happens at Aldi. I only have to grab a few things from the grocery store later in the week. We also have the benefit of a Nickles Bakery outlet nearby, so we get our whole wheat bread at a very low cost. VERY! Our bread of choice is only $1, and it is over $3 at Wal*Mart or Shop ‘n Save.
Okay…blah, blah, blah…enough of the boring stuff. We have a busy weekend, so I’m only planning four dinners (hence the low budget). Here’s my menu:
Meatless Monday: quesadillas with cheese (of course), black beans, yellow bell peppers, lettuce, and tomatoes. Peach-Mango Salsa. Homemade guacamole. Tortilla chips. Applesauce.
Tuesday: meatball sandwiches. Mixed veggies.
Wednesday: quiche with ham, broccoli, and cheddar cheese. Watermelon.
Thursday: pecan crusted tilapia. Rice. A mix of green beans and yellow wax beans.
While you have food and budgets on your mind, I hope you’ll visit my fellow Project Food Budget bloggers:
McGinnis and Bean // Red Pen Mama // Seeking White Space // facepalmmama // Gardening in High Heels // Melissa Firman // Copy & Post // Rachel Olive Miller // Shea Lennon // Erra Creations// Two Eggs Over Easy//Rainaldi
Edited to add a new blog to the list. Edited again to add another blog that I somehow missed.