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Project: Food Budget, Week Three

January 27, 2011

Well, I hit the money saving wall, and went over budget this week. I have to be honest, I sort of did it on purpose. Over and over, people tell me that processed food is cheaper than fresh food. Besides the obvious cheaper nature of gardening in the Spring/Summer/Fall, I just couldn’t believe that to be true in the Winter. So I put it to the test, this week, I stocked up with tomato sauce, tofu nuggets, and frozen pizza. Of course, because I buy vegetarian brands, I ended up choosing things that were not necessarily the cheapest, but they were all on sale and bought with added coupons. I double cross checked it with the less healthy versions, and the costs were lowered to equal, because most of them were not on sale this week. Even with a savings of $20 with my customer card, I ended up spending much more this time for the same number of meals. Plus, we still have veggies leftover from last weeks shopping trip that cost half the amount.

What I learned this week:

  • Vegetables are in fact cheaper for two reasons. The first, you pay for the process. It may feel like they are cheaper because deals or advertised, but you can make the same item in your kitchen for much cheaper with a few basics in your pantry. The second, you can make veggies last through several meals, whereas the package dictates the size of the meal.
  • Pomegranate seeds ARE expensive, and will now be reserved for very special occasions. $3.99 a package!
  • Tofu is surprisingly affordable. Enough tofu for at least 2 dinners and a couple of salads was $2.99, much cheaper than meat.

Vegetarian Salmon Food Budget

two adults and one baby who eats finger foods.

Goal: $75 a week/ $300 a month

Actual:$81

Purchased: baby spinach (BOGO), broccoli, 2 onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, olive oil (on sale), cheese, more cheese, tofu, pam spray, olive tapenade, 2 jars of Classico Tomato Sauce (BOGO), Cream of Mushroom soup, Cottage Cheese, Kashi Pizza, Morningstar Farms crumbles, Morningstar Farms burgers, and Morningstar Nuggets (Morningstar 3 for $10)

Meals: (Sunday through Sunday)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. emlevenson permalink
    January 27, 2011 10:44 am

    what a good reminder about processed foods vs whole foods!

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