Project: Food Budget – Week 12

My how time flies when you’re pinching pennies. In a good way!

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Before we get to this week’s report, I thought I’d share a little data of how we’ve faired after 3 months of conscious budgeting. Since this is kind of a small graph, I broke it down a little more in a chart below.

To not skew the numbers, instead of counting fruit and vegetables at the individual level (e.g, number of bananas per purchase), I just counted each fruit and veggie acquisition as “1.” Otherwise, the data was very skewed to fruit – we bought 54 bananas in 3 months!

As I was grouping items into categories, I really just made things up on the go. Here is the breakdown. I’m happy to see that fruits and veggies make up more than half of our purchases. Most amusing to me is the high percentage in the “cereal” bucket, as, if I didn’t cook for him 2Chili would live on cereal and Trader Joe’s 12 Grain Crackers.

Beans & Legumes72.59%
Breads, Rolls & Tortillas31.11%
Broths, Sauces, and Toppings155.56%
Candy and Desserts145.19%
Canned Goods93.33%
Chips & Crackers62.22%
Spices & Condiments82.96%
Honey, Sugar, and Sweeteners31.11%
Meat, Chicken, or Fish62.22%
Non-Meat Proteins41.48%
Nuts & Nut Butters82.96%
Oats, Quinoa, and Other Grains72.59%
Pasta & Rice51.85%
Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes145.19%

Finally, here is a store-by-store breakdown:


I would say if I looked back in time a few months a much, much larger percentage of this breakdown would have gone to Amazon Fresh. It is just so much more convenient to shop online and have your groceries delivered to the doorstep.

This project has been great for helping us reign in expenses and really determine if something is worth it or not. If I have wiggle room in the budget, I may splurge a bit (Hello Halibut!), but I have been pretty true to buying only what we need. I haven’t sacrificed quality for cost, and we certainly haven’t gone hungry! I think not really eating meat has helped in the budgeting – meat products are expensive (as they should be).

Here are this week’s results:

Goal: $75
Actual: $81.67

Those darn highbrow chocolate chip cookies pushed me over the line. They were right at the check stand without a price tag (of course), and I caved! Oops! I could have made a lot of cookies from $3.99.

Trader Joe’sQty.Extended Price ($)
TJ’s Frosted Shredded Wheat2$5.98
Organic Red Bell Peppers2$2.99
White Whole Wheat Flour1$2.99
Strawberries, 1 lb1$2.49
Greek Yogurt2$5.58
All Purpose Flour1$2.99
Super Firm Tofu1$1.99
Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies1$3.99
Organic Fat Free Milk1$5.69
Black Beans2$1.78
Herbed Goat Cheese Log1$2.49
Mild California Cheddar1$3.28

CSA Box – $37

I cannot wait to dive into the Rio Star Grapefruit. Texas Grapefruit are just so juicy and sweet – not bitter!


Menu for the Week:

Budget Buddies

  • Emily Levenson
  • Maria Marz
  • Veggie Converter
  • Dairy-Free Cooking
  • Motor City Girl In the Steel City
  • Veggie Burgher
  • The Happy Cactus
  • The Vegetarian Salmon
  • Newly Vegan
  • Always Sick and Tired
  • Veggie on the Cheap
  • MeloMeals: Vegan For $3.33 A Day
  • A Guy, A Girl, And a Dinner Plate
  • The Amateur Low Carb Flexitarian
  • The Veggie Life
  • Caroline Cain Holistic Health
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