Project Food Budget (my week 5)

First, an update for last week.  I’m not quite sure how to count last week’s food money.  We were visiting my sister’s family over the weekend, and we contributed to the buying and preparing of some of the meals (the least we could do to help after a new baby!).  We also had pizza out, and there was a fun little ice cream trip.  So…I’m going to say that we were at $135 for the week, and that only works out if I pull some funds from our “fun” budget.  Since A LOT of good fun was had by all, I think this is a fair exchange.

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Goal:  $120         Actual: $52 at Aldi + $31 at Wal*Mart + $33 at Moe’s = $116

Yippee!  I am really excited about being under budget.  Moe’s was a splurge–a really fun splurge.  On top of that, I have a complete menu this week with some really tasty things.  As my hubby headed out the door with my list, I was nervous about the money he might spend.  I fully expected to be over our budget since the only thing coming from the freezer is the steak, and the zucchini came from my in-laws’ garden.  Cory hasn’t done the shopping much since I started this project (because I’m being a control freak about it), but generally, he does our grocery shopping after work.  This was an important test, and it went SO well.

This week’s dinner menu looks like this:

Monday:  Out at Moe’s (one of my favorites!)

Tuesday:  Pork chops on the grill and zucchini bake

Wednesday:  Brats on the grill and veggie pasta salad

Thursday:  Veggie calzones

Friday:  Steak on the grill and quinoa salad

Saturday:  Chicken breasts and pickled beet salad

Sunday:  Creamy chicken tacos in the crock pot with corn-on-the-cob

Please take a moment to visit my fellow food budgeters.  I’ve really enjoyed exploring these blogs, and I definitely have some new favorites to visit even after this project has come to an end.

Project Food Budget: My Week 2 (Official Week Seven)

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{I wrote this post yesterday–Tuesday–as planned, but right before I hit “publish,” I lost my internet connection.  Sorry this is late.}

It’s a good thing that I was under budget last week because this week was tough.  We were out of basically everything.  We had been traveling over the weekend, and the first shopping trip after a time away is always a doozy.

I had hoped to blog about my Aldi “techniques,” but with a very busy weekend followed by an equally full week, I’ll have to save that post for another time.  Our groceries came from Aldi and from Wal*Mart this week.  I did the bulk of the shopping this morning (Tuesday) at Aldi, but Cory planned and purchased the ingredients for Monday’s meal–a quick trip to Wal*Mart.  Several of the things he bought will last more than this week alone.  For example, he bought apples and rolls that we didn’t entirely consume on Monday.  I’ll have to make another stop at Shop ‘n Save for peanut butter, but I’ve already factored in the cost.

Goal: $120         Actual:  $114 (Aldi) + $36 (Wal*Mart) + $4 (Shop ‘n Save) = $154 (EEEK!!!)

And here’s my plan…

Monday:  Roethlisburgers.  Fruit salad.

Tuesday:  Free meals at Chick-fil-A for Cow Appreciation Day {Yes, we all dressed up like cows in order to earn free meals for each of us.  See extremely awkward photo at the end of the post.}

Wednesday:  Lasagna.  Tossed salad.

Thursday:  Fish tacos.  Parmesan cauliflower bites.

Friday:  Pork chops.  Roasted brussel sprouts.  Rice.

Saturday:  Chicken salads.

Sunday:  Roasted chicken.  Mixed Vegetables.  Mashed potatoes.

Wondering about the Roethlisburgers?  Well, we are Steelers fans.  A few years ago, a Pittsburgh restaurant came up with a sandwich that they named The Roethlisburger after the quarterback, Ben Roethlisburger.  It’s a blend of ground beef, ground Italian sausage, scrambled eggs, and American cheese on a sub roll.  On Monday, exhausted from aforementioned traveling, I told Cory that I didn’t have any ideas for Monday’s dinner.  After work, he stopped by the store.  For some reason, The Roethlisburger popped into his head, so he decided to make them for us.  He also bought some fresh fruit and chopped up a salad.  The whole meal was delicious, and I didn’t have to do a thing.  Even better!

Please stop by to visit the other bloggers who are working toward great food on a purposeful budget.  Have fun!

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