Well, this isn’t going well.
So, this week has been pretty messed up, but in its messed upped-ness, I have figured something out that I think will help me. First, the nitty gritty:
Yes, as you can see, not too hot. We are going to visit family near Buffalo this week, and I started to make my menu Sunday night, but then pretty much gave up. I added the list on the right this morning. It’s the things I would like to get done today. Pears and beets are already cooked and pureed for the boy. Dough for hamburger rolls is kneading away in my bread machine. Laundry was started by J. before he left this morning. Working on blog post now! The reason I wanted to get mostly packed today is because I want to re-caulk the tub tomorrow. We will be gone for 3 days, so it can dry… wait, I got side-tracked.
Here is what I spent on food since we last spoke:
Iced Coffee 3.16
S&F COMBO PLD PORK 8.99 T
SUB 14″ COLD 8.49 B
22 OZ COKE AC 1.49 B
**** BALANCE 20.30
Iced Coffee 3.16
I bought other stuff at Target on Saturday, but I’m not including anything non-food. I did make everything on my menu from last week except the burgers on Friday. We had chicken salad sandwiches and watermelon instead. Also, for Meatless Monday, I made one pot pasta with whole grain rotini, spinach, mushrooms, onions, cream cheese and olive oil and some spices instead of the chili stuffed peppers. (Meal that takes 20 minutes vs meal that takes over an hour to prepare.) (I need to keep more quick recipes handy. I was trying to think of things I could put in the freezer for days that just get away from me, like yesterday. I wonder if you could actually make a pizza, freeze it, and then just cook it like a DiGiorno? What else could I put in the freezer that I could cook without having to thaw ahead of time? I need convenience here, people.) I’m making the cheese burgers with roasted potatoes from Friday tonight. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we will be at my parents house.. no need to grocery shop for that. I did want to make something for the 4 hour trip there because we traditionally stop for fast food. It’s the only time we do it any more, but I seriously want to just cut it out completely now that the boy is here and sees EVERYTHING. But, I think I’m gonna let it go. If I decide I have time tomorrow, I might make some oatmeal cookies or something, I don’t know. Saturday when we get back, it will be late, we will probably order something. Then on SUNDAY I will go grocery shopping again. Which works out to our benefit because J. gets paid on Saturday, so we have the current bank balance for gas and junk along the way for our trip. Phew.
(Friday’s watermelon extravaganza)
Which brings me to my first What I’ve Learned:
I’m going to do our food budget based on two weeks instead of one. Since J. gets paid every 2 weeks, it makes more sense. I tend to get enough formula for two weeks, plus I usually do a bigger shopping trip, that first week out of the two.
I’ve also decided to do a much bigger budget than I originally intended, and to include formula. The boy won’t be on formula for too much longer. In fact, at his next appointment we are going to talk about when we can ditch it completely. I want that money to go right back into the food budget, so it just makes sense to include it. SO here is what I’m thinking for our New and Improved Budget:
60 – formula
50/week – groceries
50 – going out to eat and/or grocery overflow
Total: 210 over 2 weeks.
It’s a huge jump from my previous 50 dollar a week thinking, but it is way more realistic. Truth is, this should be our Max No Matter What food spending. At least until I start to make some money to contribute.. But am I ready to do that yet? Yes, if it doesn’t involve babysitters. (That’s a post for another day) Even then, we need to increase our savings. So, very optimistically, it’s 210 with any extra at the end of the 2 weeks (savings from coupons, not going out to eat) going into our savings account.
So, even though we did come under budget over the last two weeks, I’m not counting it. I had a stocked freezer. Aside from some puree ice cubes for the little one, and some random stuff, my freezer is pretty bare. Now I will really see what I’m spending.
How do you guys deal with travel and eating? I have organic pouches for the boy, and will probably just end up getting drive-through for the grown-ups. It’s only a 4 hour drive this time, but we did a 20 hour drive to Florida a couple months ago the same way. There has to be a healthier (and maybe cheaper?) way, that’s for darn sure.
Project: Food Budgeters: