I didn’t do as well last weekend on the food-spending front. It was shaping up to be another tight month as I recovered from the two big expenses (books and new phone) that blew up August’s budget, but then I realized that I had $90 set aside for an expense that was not going to materialize after all and transferred $80 of that into my cash budget…and relaxed a little too much, really. For some reason I was just starving all week; I ended up spending too much on going out for coffee/treats in the middle of the afternoon because of it. I don’t know what was up with that, but hopefully this week will go better. [I scheduled this post for Weds but am writing it on Sunday.]
Groceries for this week:
$3.00 — pretzel (put this down under “could not eat enough all week, I don’t know”)
$1.50 — donuts (gift for my roommate)
$4.00 — nectarines
$2.00 — brussel sprouts
$3.00 — spices (whole coriander and cumin seeds; ground pepper)
$2.50 — jar of tomato sauce
$2.69 tater tots — see, I told you I was weirdly hungry all week. I ended up buying these to have for dinner on Friday night (I know.)
$6.23 sweet potatoes
$3.50 ice cream — another “I caved to a weeklong craving” item
$6.99 olive oil
$3.19 1 lb butter
Total grocery store (with tax) $30.29
Total food shopping: $46.29 (or about $6 over budget, with the extra coming from my “general spending money”)
This isn’t really good. I impulse-bought about $10 of treats, which if I’d stuck to just eating what I had at home, would have meant I was $4 or $5 under budget. Annoying. And none of this even counts the coffee and muffins and whatever that I paid for out of my general spending money this week either.
Food plan for the week:
–I made a tomato sauce with ground beef from the meat CSA my roommate and I joined, the jar of tomato sauce I bought, and carrots I had left over from last week. I’ll eat that with pasta for lunch all week.
–For dinner, I’m going to have Miso sweet potato broccoli rice bowls
–I also made a nectarine coffee cake for breakfast/dessert. Next week I’ll have to pick up some steel-cut oats since the weather here seems to have turned and it’s about time to start making oatmeal for breakfast again.