I set a challenge for myself to feed our family on $40-50 a week, plus what we had in our pantry. The first week went well-ish, but went off-track for a few reasons.
First, I'll confess that we ate out once for lunch, because some crazy pregnant chick got a craving at the mall. Yeah, I know. When we totalled our food together, we realized that in one meal, we spent nearly half of what had been spent at the grocery store ($42.09, plus $3 for soda midweek, for anyone who's curious) on that one meal. Now, that was just embarassing, but it was a lesson learned.
The second reason is that a stomach bug hit our house early in the week, and we spent a few days on a bland and minimal diet, also prompting the soda purchase. We ate a lot of rice those days. Finally, we were treated to meals at other homes a few times as well, which always helps the food budget.
Turning what made last week's attempt a bit of a bust into something positive, I can stretch most of what was purchased on the first week's budget into this week's budget. So, with that said, a $16.37 trip to Costco for milk, produce and other staples this weekend has me back on track. I hope that will somehow make up for our mall food indiscretion.
Here's some of what we ate since beginning the experiment last Friday:
Applesauce Muffins (double your applesauce and eliminate the oil- they're crazy moist that way)
Bagels with cream cheese and fruit
Cereal (we decided to get one bag of cereal during the first weeks' trip)
Quesadillas from leftover burrito ingredients
Macaroni and cheese (again, budgeting for one box on the first weeks' trip, Stinky's choice)
Good ol' PB& J's
Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Bake
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Easter Dinner Leftovers (thanks to the R and T families!)
Black Bean, Chicken and Rice Burritos
(almost all of these meals had fruits/veggies on the side, but I didn't record just what we had with them)
I'm looking forward to getting back to it this week. Do you have any budget meal suggestions?