For those of you who are new, I’m doing a series on my blog: The 50 Buck a Week Challenge. The point is simple, Mr. Wetzel and I are only allowed to spend $50/week on groceries. For those of you who have been following this series, you know we’ve had quite a hard time sticking to this budget. Until last week. Last week we spent total of $41.83. This is the first time we’ve made budget since the series started. Woo hoo!
THIS WEEKS RECEIPTS
Meadowwood Farm, 08/28/2011
- 1 gallon raw milk, $8
Trader Joes, 08/28/2011
- 4 Bananas, 0.76 (We did not buy organic bananas this week because the non-organic ones simply looked better)
- Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese (0.70 lb), 3.49
- Mozzarella cheese (16 oz log), 5.49
- Sliced Salami, Columbus brand (8 oz), 3.99
- Canadian Bacon (6 oz), 2.29
- White Whole Wheat flour (5 lb), 2.99
- 1 Lara Bar, 1.29
- 1 Bar of Dark Chocolate, 2.29
GRAND TOTAL: $30.59
Money Left: $19.41
WHAT WE’LL BE EATING – THE PLAN
On Saturday, Matt hosted a Bachelor Party BBQ at our house for his best friend (the wedding is next Saturday), and we have some leftovers from that. Matt’ll eat hotdog leftovers in his lunch, along with some Doritos chips. We have salami, cheese and crackers that may end up in several lunches for both of us. Last week, I made yogurt and butter from 1/2 gallon of our raw milk. From the yogurt, I strained it to make whey and sour cream. The whey is good to use in cooking, but I tried my hand at a shake today, made with 1/2 banana, 3 plums, 5 or 6 lettuce leaves and whey. Matt wasn’t fond of it, but I liked it, so I’ll probably drink these as lunches a few times this week.
We have a lot of fruit: my neighbor brought us a huge bowl of blueberries, and we have plums from another neighbor’s tree. In addition, the blackberry bushes in the park near our house are producing a ton. I really want to try my hand at a blackberry pandowdy, and I’m hoping to make blackberry/blueberry/plum jam with a friend, if we can find the time.
Tonight we ate grilled chicken salads, with leftover chicken. The chicken has been in the freezer; we bought a value pack from Costco and have been trying to make it stretch. My tentative meal plan for the week goes as follows:
- MONDAY: Grilled Pizzas
- TUESDAY: Chicken/Baked Potatoes/Green Beans
- WEDNESDAY: Chili & Cornbread
- THURSDAY: Bubble ‘n’ Squeak
- FRIDAY: Leftovers
We’re giving Canadian Bacon a try this week. Also: we’re eating lots of eggs. And I’ll likely make each of the following once this week: pancakes, biscuits, oatmeal.