I’ve taken the last couple of weeks off from budgeting. We had a lot of entertaining to do over Christmas, so that meant a lot of big purchases at the grocery store. Nothing says the holidays like a big, huge, in-your-face cook up for family and friends. Over the course of less than a week, we cooked up green bean casserole, red potato salad, bacon wrapped scallops, BBQ salmon, roasted potatoes, Hershey Kiss cookies, lamingtons, salad, and beef stew. That’s a lot of cooking! Our wallets were hit a little more than usual, but we managed with the money we’ve saved over the last month or so.
I also DIY’d a few gifts this year and decided that I need to do that more often for holidays and special occasions. Although they can be a lot more time-consuming, there’s something special about a homemade gift that shows more sincerity and thought that went into it.
So here we are in the first week of January, and I’m on a mission to be thrifty and save a bit more dough in 2013!
This week, we spent about $58 on groceries, just over our goal of $50 for the entire week. Our shopping was pushed a little over the threshold with our purchase of a $10 bottle of Riesling and a $2.99 box of parchment paper. *GASP* I know. Things can get so crazy in our household.
Here’s our load for the week:
- Goods lasting 2 months or more, average cost ~$1 week
- Beef buillon cubes: $1.49
- Whole wheat flour: $2.99 [for bread]
- Parchment paper: $2.99
- Goods lasting 1 month or more, average cost ~$3 week
- Butter: $4.69
- 3 cans of soup: $3.50 [used a $1.00 off coupon]
- Eggs: $1.89
- Garlic: $0.69
- Goods lasting two weeks, average cost ~$11 a week
- Egg Beaters: $4.59
- Bottle of Riesling: $9.99
- Block of cheese: $4.89
- Silk coffee creamer: $1.24 [used a $0.75 off coupon]
- Goods lasting one week, average cost ~$19 a week
- Turkey deli meat: $6.99
- Milk: $3.69
- 3 Greek yogurts: $2.85
- 4 Apples: $2.34
- Bananas (3.63 lbs): $2.50 [have I ever mentioned how much we looove bananas?]
That mean’s our weekly average for this shopping trip is about $34. Not bad!
Here’s what we plan on cooking for the week with our load and stuff already on hand:
- Omelet with mozzarella cheese
- Turkey bacon
- Toast with PB
- Choc chip pancakes
- Cereal with milk [for Rich only!]
- Turkey, cheese, & romaine sandwich
- Beef stew with quinoa
- Oven fried chicken with stir fried onion, mushroom, corn, & peas
- Honey Mustard chicken with stir fried onion, mushroom, corn, & peas
- Greek yogurt
- Carrots and hummus
- Mixed nuts