Project: Food Budget–Week 2

Last week, I embarked on an endeavor called Project: Food Budget with a goal of getting our food costs in line and spending $75 (or less) a week in groceries. I was slightly over last week (what’s $12 among friends?). I am still over this week, but did much better.

Here’s where we netted out:

Goal: $75
Actual: $76.51

Week in Progress Menu

  • Monday: Veggie Lasagna (recipe still forthcoming, I promise)
  • Tuesday: Doh! Test Kitchen Tuesday turned into cereal for dinner!
  • Wednesday: Baked Ziti with Cashew Cheese – This. Was. Good. I’ll write about it next week.
  • Thursday: Leftovers from Wednesday
  • Friday: Veggie burgers
  • Saturday: TBD
  • Sunday: TBD

We have an unusual weekend coming up and will probably eat out both days.

Where it All Went

Trader Joes – $38.52

Trader Joe’sQty.Extended Price ($)
TJ’s Mini Shredded Frosted Wheats2$5.98
Orange Juice, Half Gallon2$3.98
Olive Oil1$3.49
Yellow Mustard, Organic1$1.99
White Whole Wheat Flour1$2.99
Unbleached All Purpose Flour1$2.99
Organic Fat Free Milk, Gallon1$5.69
Organic Ketchup1$1.99
12 Grain Mini Crackers (2Chili’s Fave)1$1.99
Bananas, 51$0.95
Organic Red Bell Peppers2$2.99
Mozzarella Cheese1$3.49

CSA Box Contents – $37.99

We had a standard delivery, which is $35, plus I added some potatoes to the order.


Observations/Notes for the week:

I have known this for some time, but Trader Joe’s is most cost effective for staples like milk, juice, and bananas (yes, bananas are staples for me). Amazon Fresh is super convenient and really competitive in price, but, on a budget I know I should get in my car and go to TJ’s to really save. Since this was a CSA week, I needed to stretch my budget and didn’t place an Amazon order.

    • Milk is $.50 less at TJ’s (we only buy organic milk)
    • Bananas are currently $.19 each – can’t beat that anywhere
    • Juice was almost $2 cheaper for a gallon than Amazon Fresh for TJ brand
    • 2Chili prefers the Frosted Mini Wheats from Trader Joe’s, which is great, because they are about half as expensive as Kellogg’s and have no HFCS

I am getting closer to that magic $75 number! Whee!

Check out how these other bloggers are doing on their Project: Food Budget.

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  • Motor City Girl In the Steel City
  • Veggie Burgher
  • Baked Beans and Broccoli…Vegetarian Budgeting
  • Sweet Rehab
  • The Happy Cactus
  • The Vegetarian Salmon
  • Test Kitchen Tuesday
  • Newly Vegan
  • Always Sick and Tired
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