Monday, April 25, 2016

This week I spent $21.62 at Aldi and $5 at Fareway (all that chicken you see was 33 cents/lb!!) bringing my total for the month to $98.78.  Pictured below is what I purchased.
The items in red used the groceries I purchased for the week, the rest used ingredients I had in my pantry or leftovers in the fridge from the previous week.

Since I'm writing this report so long after the experiment ended I do not remember which day we ate what for breakfast and lunch since I did not record them like I did supper.  I do know that breakfast was either oatmeal with hemp hearts, milk, and brown sugar, egg burritos, or a quick egg and bread omelette.  Lunch for Scott and kids was PB&J with fruit and raw veggies and I ate leftover from the previous night's supper.

Sunday:
Breakfast: cinnamon rolls from the freezer
Lunch: pizza at my parent's house
Supper: popcorn and leftovers
Monday
Chicken cheese casserole and spinach
Tuesday
Kids's ate mac&cheese while Scott took me out to eat at Centro as a birthday present. 
Wednesday
Spaghetti and bean "not meatballs", green beans

The rest of the month:
On Wednesday evening my dad entered hospice and then early Friday morning went home to be with his Savior.  Since I was doing this challenge my house was completely cleared out of convenience foods and we had even eaten the last piece of bread for breakfast on Wednesday.  We had church family watching the kids while Scott and I were at hospice and since our kiddos were graciously being watched I did not want to add to the burden by requiring a from scratch meal be made in order to feed the kids.  I stopped at the grocery store to purchase a few boxes of mac and cheese, a bag or two of frozen broccoli, some bagels, sliced cheese, bananas, apples, and some bread.  The total came $25.51 which caused me to go over the $100 mark by $24.29.  If these extenuating circumstances has not occurred I believe that I would have been able to stick to my $100 budget since my meals were planned based on my grocery shopping mentioned at the beginning of the post.  I enjoyed this experiment as it forced me to be creative and not waste food, encouraged me to not be lazy even on tiring days, and freed me from the "which product should I get" debate at the grocery store because I was only looking for the cheapest and most versatile.  I could not be tempted by the delightful special buys that Aldi runs each week and quickly passed by the chocolates :)  I am, however, thankful that I do not have to live on $100 a month because it leaves much less wiggle room for meals when ill or when extenuating circumstances occur.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week Three of the $100 Grocery Experiment

This week my grocery bill from Aldi was $25.48 bringing the monthly total to $72.16.  Below is a photo of what I purchased
The items in red used the groceries I purchased for the week, the rest used ingredients I had in my pantry or leftovers in the fridge from the previous week.

Since I'm writing this report so long after the experiment ended I do not remember which day we ate what for breakfast and lunch since I did not record them like I did supper.  I do know that breakfast was either oatmeal with hemp hearts, milk, and brown sugar, egg burritos, or a quick egg and bread omelette.  Lunch for Scott and kids was PB&J with fruit and raw veggies and I ate leftover from the previous night's supper.

Sunday
Lunch: at my parent's house
Supper: popcorn and leftovers
Monday
leftover split pea soup (??)

Tuesday
Middle eastern lentil soup, rice, carrots 
Wednesday
Sausage & bean patties, Peaches(?), broccoli(?)
Thursday
I can't find my notes for this day and so I have no idea.  It was something out of my stores of food :)
Friday
Pizza
Saturday
Chicken congee



Week Two of the $100 Grocery Experiment

This week my grocery bill from Aldi was $25.48.  This brings my monthly total to $46.68.  Pictured below is what I purchased.

The items in red used the groceries I purchased for the week, the rest used ingredients I had in my pantry or leftovers in the fridge from the previous week.

Sunday:
Breakfast: cinnamon rolls from the freezer
Lunch: Kusherie (a lentil and rice dish pictured below)
Supper: popcorn and leftovers
Since I'm writing this report so long after the experiment ended I do not remember which day we ate what for breakfast and lunch since I did not record them like I did supper.  I do know that breakfast was either oatmeal with hemp hearts, milk, and brown sugar, egg burritos, or a quick egg and bread omelette.  Lunch for Scott and kids was PB&J with fruit and raw veggies and I ate leftover from the previous night's supper.

Monday
Split pea soup, biscuits, salad, angel food cake.
This was the night we hosted men's Bible study for supper.  It was also the night I came down with a stomach bug which was then passed through the whole family.  Lots of fun.
Tuesday
scrounge what you could.  Mostly crackers for the sick ones.
Wednesday
Tangy Tuna Mac and broccoli
Thursday
Tortellini soup, bread, salad, apples

Friday
Pizza, apples
Saturday
Baked beans, cornbread, cabbage and carrot salad