I haven’t managed to get on the computer much lately, so I have a few purchases to catch up on for last week. On Wednesday, our tally was up to $85.69.
On Friday, Matt was feeling sick to his stomach all day, so I made some unplanned “sick food” purchases at Fred Meyer. I bought Ritz crackers, lime sherbet and ginger-ale. Unfortunately, I lost the receipt, so I’m going to estimate about $10 for these purchases.
On Saturday, I bought honey from the farm, a 48 ounce jar of raw, local honey for $14.50.
So, our grand total for last week came to: $110.19.
(This is definitely not one of those “I have it all figured out so admire how awesome I am” blog posts.)
- Roma Tomatoes, $3.89
Meadowwood Farm, 08/21/2011
- 1 gallon raw milk, $8
Yard-Fresh Eggs, 08/21/2011 (from our backyard chicken hook-up)
- 1 Dozen eggs, $2
Trader Joes, 08/23/2011
- Mustard, 0.99
- OR Red Pepper & Tomato soup, 2.79
- OR Free-Range Chicken stock, 1.99
- Pita Chips, 1.99
- Rice Cakes, 1.49
- Mozzarella Log, 5.49
- Whipped Cream, 2.99
- 2 Lara Bars, Chocolate Chip PB, 2.58 (1.29 each)
- 6 OR Bananas, 1.14 (0.19 each)
- Watermelon, 3.49
- Fresh Basil, plant, 2.99
GRAND TOTAL (so far): $41.83
If we can manage not to spend any more money, we’ll actually make the $50 goal this week.
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN EATING?
On Sunday this week, I pulled all our farm veggies out of the fridge and sat down to plan out meals for the week based on what we have available. My “meal planning” was sketchy (at best). I used to have a dry erase board that I’d use for meal planning, but since we moved, I’m not sure where it is. Here’s a fun little view of the paper I used to work out my ideas:
On Sunday I made spaghetti sauce, using beets, leftover ground beef (about 1/8 lb), a squash and spices. We ate 1/3 of the sauce and I froze the rest for a later date. On Monday I modified this Fennel & Garbanzo Bean recipe, using the same basic ingredients, but in the proportions I had available (Thanks Ken & Kari! The peas from your yard were very tasty in this soup!). Tonight, Matt grilled chicken, and we grilled 4 times the amount we ate, with the intention of using the rest as leftovers (we like to get the best use out of our coals). Tonight was grilled chicken salad and watermelon. Tomorrow I’ll make homemade tortillas and we’ll eat chicken with beans and rice on the tortillas.Thursday I plan on making a Summer Zucchini Stew (minus the peppers, because we don’t have any). And Friday I’m going to try and make pizza crust for homemade pizza that night…topped with grilled chicken, a little bacon and some veggie leftovers.
On Saturday, Matt’s hosting a bachelor party for his best friend, Joey, so we’ll be barbequing burgers with a slew of guys that evening. Not coverred in our typical grocery spending.
I’m trying to make pancakes and biscuits each once a week. We eat a lot of eggs for breakfast, but they get dull eaten alone. We also sometimes eat oatmeal, cooked in raw milk, with no eggs on the side. The plan this week is to have bacon once (maybe twice) and sausages once.
I eat willy nilly for lunch: yogurt, granola & fruit; leftover pancakes; a plum; a banana with peanut butter and raisins. Matt’s been eating peanut butter crackers, a banana and some cubed cheddar. I bought us a couple larabars to have in food emergencies (ex: if Matt has to run out the door to work and I’m too busy with Phoebe to fix him lunch). Lunch is, easily, the least exciting part of our days.
A FEW THOUGHTS
I have been receiving a great response to the blog from people sharing their experiences with food budgeting, and I LOVE it. It’s so encouraging to hear tips from other people and stories of how people made it work, even when times were hard. I haven’t been able to respond to each of you (limited computer access, and all) but I hope you will stay engaged and continue sharing. I think being a good listener and being humble go hand in hand; I know I have a lot to learn about being a better steward of our food spending, and I will try to listen to other’s stories as much as you have listened to mine. Thank you for sharing your journeys.
It’s important to me not to just “spend $50/week on food” but to do so and still buy local, organic, fresh and raw items. I deeply believe that good food is an investment. It is an investment in our health, and it is also an investment in our happiness. I love food. Food is fun. Good food is better for you in the long run. I want to stay healthy and keep enjoying food while I budget appropriately and learn better responsibility with my food dollars.
To that end, I bought an extra 1/2 gallon of raw milk on Sunday, and on Monday my friend, Corrie, came over and we made yogurt out of it. Before yogurt making, I skimmed the cream off that milk and made my own raw milk butter that night (about 1/8 cup worth). I am making every grain product that goes in our mouths, except for crackers. I went blackberry picking and plum picking during the week. I’ve also been trying to salvage good apples out of our tree (most of them are bruised or rotten, which is sad). And today my neighbor stopped by with an entire pot full of blueberries that she picked. We are in the season of delicious bounty. And I am loving every bit and berry of it!