Hey, readers! Some of you may recall my participation in Project Food Budget 2.0 a few years ago. (You can read those posts by clicking on the category with its name.) I committed to a full year of weekly blogging about my food budget. It was an eye-opening experience. It required discipline in shopping AND in blogging. I loved what it did for our bank account, but I didn’t always love how Warm as Pie became so focused on food and money.
Last week, I randomly ventured over to Emily Levenson’s blog–host of Project Food Budget–and I was surprised and quite pleased to see that she was doing the project again. In fact, it started on June 1st, so I was late but not too late. This time, Project Food Budget is running only 12 weeks. I think that is a good balance. I will have the experience of focusing on my budget and building a community with other bloggers, but my blog won’t get invaded by tons of money talk. (Any other fans of Little Women? I can just hear Meg March saying, “I despise all this money talk. It isn’t refined!”)
I will be posting each Tuesday to share the news on my weekly budgeting, meal planning, and shopping. This is my Week #1. Everyone else is on Week #6.
Goal: $120 Actual: $99
My true budget (set by my hubby) is $150 for food per week, but part of the reason I’m doing this project is to cut down on spending. Therefore, I’ve made my own budget $120. When we eat out, we mentally divide that expense and subtract it from the food category and the “fun” category. So my new budget also leaves a little wiggle room for eating out from time to time. I’m shopping for six eaters–one of whom is just a little guy who doesn’t make much of a dent in the budget, yet. I try to choose natural options–organic when I can swing it.
My shopping day is Monday, and I chose to go to Aldi. I have been an Aldi failure for years, but in the last few months, I’ve improved my Aldi-shopping skills. Some pep talks from friends, inspiration from my sister, and quite a few practice runs have brought me to the point where most of my shopping happens at Aldi. I only have to grab a few things from the grocery store later in the week. We also have the benefit of a Nickles Bakery outlet nearby, so we get our whole wheat bread at a very low cost. VERY! Our bread of choice is only $1, and it is over $3 at Wal*Mart or Shop ‘n Save.
Okay…blah, blah, blah…enough of the boring stuff. We have a busy weekend, so I’m only planning four dinners (hence the low budget). Here’s my menu:
Meatless Monday: quesadillas with cheese (of course), black beans, yellow bell peppers, lettuce, and tomatoes. Peach-Mango Salsa. Homemade guacamole. Tortilla chips. Applesauce.
Tuesday: meatball sandwiches. Mixed veggies.
Wednesday: quiche with ham, broccoli, and cheddar cheese. Watermelon.
Thursday: pecan crusted tilapia. Rice. A mix of green beans and yellow wax beans.
While you have food and budgets on your mind, I hope you’ll visit my fellow Project Food Budget bloggers:
McGinnis and Bean // Red Pen Mama // Seeking White Space // facepalmmama // Gardening in High Heels // Melissa Firman // Copy & Post // Rachel Olive Miller // Shea Lennon // Erra Creations// Two Eggs Over Easy//Rainaldi
Edited to add a new blog to the list. Edited again to add another blog that I somehow missed.
4 thoughts on “It’s back!!! Project Food Budget”
Everyone praises the glory of Aldi. I need some of your shopping wisdom, because boy does that place intimidate me. Wow, you’re under budget for feeding so many people! That’s fantastic!
Hi! Thanks for your comment. Maybe I’ll write a post about learning to shop at Aldi. It’s still a work in progress for me.
I totally agree with Angelica here about being intimidated by Aldi, so I’d love to read a post about it! There’s one not too far from me (on the way to my usual grocery store in fact) so if I knew HOW to effectively and efficiently shop there maybe I would. And wow, bread for $1, that’s impressive! Finally…pecan-crusted tilapia: YUM.
So glad you’re joining us again! It’s always fun to have a few PFB alums in the mix. And I totally hear you on the “money and food talk” taking over the blog. It definitely felt that way for myself as well.
Well done on the budgeting this week! Looks like your idea for a post about Aldi’s is a good one. Excited to see what you come up with.