It turns out that things didn’t go quite the way I had planned over the weekend. I haven’t started feeling well until today, so we ate out a little more than we originally intended. That said, we have still officially failed the challenge. Total spent on groceries so far is $328.
Okay, so maybe it isn’t a total failure. I’ve learned a couple of things.
- It is really, really helpful to have some things stocked up. I started this challenge with low supplies all around. However, now that we have a nice stockpile of frozen meat, and are starting on a small stockpile of canned/pantry items, perhaps next month we can hit the $200 goal.
- Curries, stir-fries, soups, and basic casseroles will really help the meals stretch, and keep me out of the kitchen at least every other night. (Thank you, Sarah, for inspiring me!)
- Don’t make more than one recipe a purchase cycle that calls for ingredients you don’t have on hand. I put two new ones on the list, both with ingredients we don’t normally use. Lesson learned.
- $300 may be more of a realistic goal for us. However, we will continuously strive for a lower bill for the next few months to see if we can stay under that and hit the original goal.
- I can make almost anything in a wok. No, really. I am almost ready to get rid of all of my other pots and pans. Okay, so not really, but it is pretty amazing. We’ve been watching the Double Chen YouTube channel, and that got me inspired to try doing more with a wok. And that is a good thing, because now I am more confident in my stir-fry abilities. And Norseman and Prima love them some stir-fry.
Alright, moving on to the nitty gritty: photos of purchases, and then a tentative meal-plan for the remainder of the month.
- 4 lb grass-fed ground sirloan, $3.99/lb (lowest price it ever gets to, which is pretty good for any ground beef)
- Boston Butt Pork Roast, $4.29/lb
- 2 cheese samples
- 2 cans coconut water (for smoothies)
- 5 lb cheese, for shredded cheese (cheaper than the Kroger sale price per lb.)
- 10 lb sugar (stocking up!)
- Candy (for Harvest Festival)
- Bread (homemade garlic bread)
- 5 dozen eggs
- cherry tomatoes
- mustard greens
- spaghetti squash
- 2 lb carrots
- 2 lb penne pasta $0.79 each!
- 2 quarts yogurt
- Worcestershire sauce
- refried beans
- Parmesan cheese
- tomato sauce
- English muffins
- sour cream
- fudge (bakery markdown)
- deposit on a bushel (42 lb) of Pink Lady apples coming in next month!
The current meal plan:
- Friday: I was still not feeling well, so we ordered pizza
- Saturday: Pizza (lunch) and supper with my in-laws
- Sunday: Leftover chicken soup (lunch) and Taco Bell
- Monday: Potato & bean curry (lunch) Supper at a friend’s house (we brought cantaloupe, and came home with pumpkin cookies!)
- Tuesday: Leftover curry (lunch) Creamy Squash Pasta, salad, garlic bread (homemade and frozen)
- Wednesday: Leftovers (lunch) Supper at church
- Thursday: Leftovers (probably from church supper), Creamy Squash Pasta (made two), garlic bread, salad
- Friday: Leftovers (lunch) Cheeseburger Pizza
- Saturday: Made up Curry (lunch), Pumpkin Enchiladas
- Sunday: Leftover enchiladas (lunch), maybe leftover curry
- Monday: Chicken Curry casserole
- Tuesday: Leftovers for lunch and supper
- Wednesday: Beef Cantonese Bowls, supper at church
- Thursday: Crockpot Pork over rice, with salad (if any is left)
- Friday: Pork Carnitas Pizza
- Saturday: Probably curry or stir-fry
- Sunday: Leftovers and stir-fry probably again
- Monday: Whatever is left in the house. Maybe a pasta dish and more salad
Of course, I’ll do one last update next Wednesday with how it’s going. And then a quick update on Tuesday the 31st to show what the final outcome is.