Project Food Budget Week 10
This week we went over budget, but no biggie, especially since going over is nothing compared to what I used to spend. A little secret I learned over the last 10 years is to not sweat when you don’t meet your goals, don’t beat yourself up over it. They are just what we call them, goals. We can strive for a goal, but the real focus should be the journey. Besides, there is always next time. If I have changed at all since I was 22, and closest to me claim that I am a dramatically different person, it is in my ability to realize that it is a waste of time drown in the goals and competition. You achieve your goal because you enjoy the process. This discovery dramatically changed my approach to life. I stopped focusing on what I didn’t have or wanted, and turned to what I did have and enjoyed. That isn’t to say that I don’t question or observe those around me, but that I constantly remind myself: I am on my own journey. When conflict arises, I realize that each journey is different, and we have varied comfort levels with our own paths. And yes EB, yoga helped me get there.
Enough of that talk, time for the budget. After last week, we desperately needed to restock the fridge and pantry. I am on Spring Break, so I wanted to enjoy cooking to relax and eat healthy. We also went over budget because of the very hungry baby in our house. Last night, she ate 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of cucumber, 1 slice of cheese, 1/2 slice of wheat bread with hummus, 1/2 cup of beets….FOR DINNER! I think we have a growth spurt coming. She didn’t gain a pound since December, but she grew three inches. We are due for some hunger. Plus, we have a new addition to our weekly purchases, whole milk! Serafina is now officially 1, so instead of buying formula we get to save money on milk. Previously, I didn’t include formula in the weekly food budget. At $30 a week, it killed our food budget. To fix this, we bought it on Amazon in bulk with the diapers, so it was in the baby budget with diapers. After talking, we are opting to continue to buy organic milk. Although it is pricier, I just can’t think fake hormones in food can be good for anyone, especially a 22lb baby. I am willing to spend an extra dollar on milk, by cutting out a cup of coffee of Starbucks. Price is relative when you realize how many ways we waste money in other financial areas of our life.
Vegetarian Salmon Food Budget
two adults and one baby who eats finger foods.
Goal: $75 a week/ $300 a month
Purchased: Grocery Store ($77): BOGO whole wheat bread thins, BOGO whole wheat pasta, BOGO blueberries and raspberries, black beans, black refried beans (on sale), tortillas, organic cottage cheese, deli sliced American cheese (on sale), organic whole milk (on sale), orange juice (on sale), apple juice (on sale), tofurkey blogna(on sale), certified humane eggs (on sale), hummus, ravioli (on sale), and mayonaise . Washington’s Green Grocer Organic Box ($37): Parnsips, Portabello Mushrooms, Pea Shoots, Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, Red Leaf Lettuce, Green Chard, Bananas, Braeburn Apple, Blueberries, Navel Oranges, and Ruby Red Grapefruit.
Special Meals this Week:
- Pineapple Fried Rice
- Beets and Walnut Arugula Salad
- Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Pea Shoots
- Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Chard Risotto
- Emily Levenson
- Maria Marz
- Veggie Converter
- Dairy-Free Cooking
- Motor City Girl In the Steel City
- Veggie Burgher
- The Happy Cactus
- The Vegetarian Salmon
- Test Kitchen Tuesday
- Newly Vegan
- Always Sick and Tired
- Veggie on the Cheap
- MeloMeals: Vegan For $3.33 A Day
- A Guy, A Girl, And a Dinner Plate
- The Amateur Low Carb Flexitarian