Project: Food Budget, Week #7

This week, I did so good on not buying junk food like Boca Chik'n patties. I went by the freezer section but decided that I just don't need that crap. After my Daiya cheese experience this week (will write about that later) I'm deciding that I don't need the meat and cheese substitutes as much as I need my digestive system to function properly.

I also decided that no matter what, there's always 2 meals that don't get cooked because we fend for ourselves or there are still leftovers. I decided that just planning and buying for 5 meals will help keep me under budget and reduce waste. Also this week, I'm going to go back to the plan I had last year where I made bigger dinners so that every week day there would be leftovers to send with boyfriend to work and for Jacob to make for himself at lunch. Plus, that reduces energy use since I'm not cooking twice and we're just doing some reheating the next day.

My Main Meals:

Extras (I have everything on hand to make these things):

    Breakfast Options:
  • Pancakes
  • Rice Chex
  • Oatmeal
  • Breakfast burritos
  • Fruit
  • Muffins
    Snacks and Other:
  • Mocha brownies
  • Minonos (Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar p. 150)

What I bought:

JalapeƱos 1.43
Green Beans 1.08
Collard Greens .84
Onions (3 pounds) 2.48
Cucumbers (2) 1.48
Navel Orange .33
Cantaloupe 1.48
Napa Cabbage (1.27 pounds) 1.12
Green Onions 1.14
Bananas (1.98 pounds) .77
Broccoli (1.39 pounds) 2.34
Cranberry Juice 2.50
Milk for the Omnivores 1.89
Mint Extract 3.28
Ghirardelli Chips 2.53
Egg-Free Noodles 1.64
Oats 2.24
Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce 17.96
Soda for Omnivores (x 2) 8.36
Total 54.89


Sodas. I think I've decided that I'm not buying these again unless begged for them. We don't really need them and I never drink them anyway. It is nice to have something to send off with boyfriend when I don't wake up and make coffee, but I can send him off with a dollar and he can buy coffee at work, too.

Hot Sauce. We have a special affinity for Marie Sharp's hot sauce. It's made with habaneros and is incredibly delicious. It's not vinegary like some of the other habanero sauces but uses carrots as the base. Now that we've been buying it, it's hard to imagine living without it. We just ran out of our stock, so I bought four 10-ounce bottles. This is even better than last time I stocked up when they only had 5-ounce bottles so I was paying a little over $1 more for the same amount. This will probably last us about 3 or 4 months. I get them at Hot Sauce Depot and will pick them up on the way to the park on Friday instead of paying for shipping.

Bottom Line

I stayed under my budget of $75 by quite a lot this week. YES! I could have saved another $8.36 by not buying soda. I spent a lot on hot sauce, too, but that is not something I'm cutting out any time soon. The majority of my basket was filled with fruit and veggies and I managed to skip buying any processed fake meats and cheese. I feel pretty damn good about that!

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  1. congrats on such a good week!! and for listening to your body. :)

    we plan for 5 meals a week too. planning for 7 was just unreasonable. we never made all 7. or wanted something off the list.

  2. Nice job! I plan for 5 meals a week too - we pretty much always have 2 leftover nights, regardless. It's amazing how much you do save buy buying "whole" foods.

  3. Congrats on being under budget!

    I love hummus and falafel! I've only tried gnocchi once and it was a horrible experience, but I've been wanting to try it again.

    That hot sauce sounds yummy - I'm going to have to check out their site

  4. I'll have to keep an eye out for Marie Sharp's hot sauce. It's always fun to try new sauces. They can make a good meal great by adding a little extra heat and flavor.

    Good job sticking to your food budget. That is no small feat!


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