We can forget the notion I mentioned last week of increasing our food budget to $175 or $200. Absolutely not happening. Keeping it as close to $150 as possible (lower would be better) is going to remain my goal.
It’s kind of fitting that our grocery spending for this week was totally whacked. I was off from work on Friday, so I took that opportunity to return some items to Target and was delighted when the refund total came to $111. I didn’t need that dress (a dress? who the hell am I?), those shoes, and those accessories (all returned) after all. What I did need were some groceries, so I decided to put that windfall to good use and wound up spending $120.
Groceries for $9 … doesn’t get much lower than that!
Until I stopped at Giant Eagle for a few additional items. That trip came to $64, which also astounded me. Granted I only got a few items, but I never get out of there for under $100. Ever.
Anyway, it’s a bit discombobulated, but I’ll take $73 for one week. Damn right I will.
Menu for the Week:
I haven’t given much thought to a meal plan for this week. As a result, it’s very dependent on meat substitutes, which I don’t like to rely on too much but which are easy dinners for us.
Sunday 7/5 – 4th of July Leftover Buffet Night. Leftover pasta salad for all; vegetarian hot dogs and hamburgers for me and The Husband; hot turkey sandwiches for the kids (lunchmeat needed to be used up).
Monday 7/6 – Pasta with Tomato Sauce.
Tuesday 7/7 – Vegetarian Meatball Sandwiches (on leftover hot dog buns) for husband and kids (I’ll probably have a veggie burger.)
Wednesday 7/8 – Taco Night (hoping to stop by Farmers @ Phipps on my way home)
Thursday 7/9 – Breakfast for dinner, I’m guessing.
Friday 7/10 – Pizza Night (and I’ll definitely be hitting the Oakland Farmers Market before the weekend)
Let’s see how everyone else is doing, shall we?
- Emily Levenson
- McGinnis and Bean
- Red Pen Mama
- Erra Creations
- Seeking White Space
- Gardening in High Heels
- Copy & Post
- Rachel Olive Miller
- Shea Lennon
- Warm as Pie