First, an update for last week. I’m not quite sure how to count last week’s food money. We were visiting my sister’s family over the weekend, and we contributed to the buying and preparing of some of the meals (the least we could do to help after a new baby!). We also had pizza out, and there was a fun little ice cream trip. So…I’m going to say that we were at $135 for the week, and that only works out if I pull some funds from our “fun” budget. Since A LOT of good fun was had by all, I think this is a fair exchange.
Goal: $120 Actual: $52 at Aldi + $31 at Wal*Mart + $33 at Moe’s = $116
Yippee! I am really excited about being under budget. Moe’s was a splurge–a really fun splurge. On top of that, I have a complete menu this week with some really tasty things. As my hubby headed out the door with my list, I was nervous about the money he might spend. I fully expected to be over our budget since the only thing coming from the freezer is the steak, and the zucchini came from my in-laws’ garden. Cory hasn’t done the shopping much since I started this project (because I’m being a control freak about it), but generally, he does our grocery shopping after work. This was an important test, and it went SO well.
This week’s dinner menu looks like this:
Monday: Out at Moe’s (one of my favorites!)
Tuesday: Pork chops on the grill and zucchini bake
Wednesday: Brats on the grill and veggie pasta salad
Thursday: Veggie calzones
Friday: Steak on the grill and quinoa salad
Saturday: Chicken breasts and pickled beet salad
Sunday: Creamy chicken tacos in the crock pot with corn-on-the-cob
Please take a moment to visit my fellow food budgeters. I’ve really enjoyed exploring these blogs, and I definitely have some new favorites to visit even after this project has come to an end.
- Emily Levenson
- McGinnis and Bean
- Red Pen Mama
- Erra Creations
- Seeking White Space
- Gardening in High Heels
- Melissa Firman
- Copy & Post
- Shea Lennon
- Two Eggs Over Easy