Documenting My Grocery Spend
If you take the time to read through the comments on BudgetsAreSexy Food Debate Part 1 and Part 2, you might notice that the normally chipper personal finance community can get downright nasty when it comes to evaluating food spending and food choices.
My plan is to document the groceries I buy, and the amount we pay each week. Hopefully, this will help inspire you to believe that delicious, lowish cost meals are achievable for you and your family.
My family includes me, my husband, and our two year old son. I also cook dinner for our roommate most nights (he puts $75 towards groceries each month, and also frequently buys beer to share). We typically host a group (8-10 people plus my family) from our church for a potluck style meal one time per week, and we like to have friends over (usually one couple or one family at a time) about once or twice a week. Thankfully, my family does not have any food allergies or sensitivities, so we don't have to stick to a medically prescribed diet.
I won't be posting any recipes unless I've tested them and taken the time to properly photograph them. That takes a long time, so don't get your hopes up.
June Week 1: Total Spend $72.86
My total spend at Save-A-Lot foods was $7.61.
Our Meal Plan for the Week
Pepperoni Pizza with Salad
Grilled Burgers with Mushrooms and Onions (salad and strawberries, too)
Brats, Pasta Salad, Watermelon, Asian Coleslaw (sooo good!)
Coconut Chicken Curry with Rice Noodles
Beer Marinated Chicken with Stir Fried Vegetables
Chow Mein with Pineapple, Celery, and Carrots
Chicken Enchiladas (Using Leftover Beer Chicken)
Lunch will be leftovers (Thanks Hubby, I personally hate leftovers) or sandwiches, with fruit and veggies.
Breakfast is usually eggs and toast for me, and eggs and oatmeal with dried fruit for my husband and son.