Project: Food Budget–Week 23 & Garden Goods



I mentioned on Monday that you can save some cha-ching at Whole Foods with their coupons – which are not really promoted or emphasized at the store – and this week I put that tip to work. I went online and browsed their coupons and then printed off the ones I wanted. So easy. And, I only printed things I know we like and would use – you don’t really save money clipping coupons or buying on sale if you buy things you don’t normally use!

Here’s the damage.

Goal: $75
Actual: $60.53

Can I get a woot, woot?? I think that could be our best week ever. We still had plenty of things leftover from last week, so we really didn’t need a whole lot. Here’s where it all went:

Trader Joe’sQty.Extended Price ($)
Canned Pineapple Chunks11.29
Mini Dark Chocolate Bars35.37
Organic Red Grapes12.99
Organic Skim Milk1$5.79
Cantaloupe1$2.99
Almond Butter1$4.99
Gnocchi – Whole Wheat1$1.99
Raw Almonds1$4.49
Organic Green Bell Peppers1$2.49
Sourdough Boule1$2.69
$35.08
Whole FoodsQty.Extended Price ($)
MultiGrain Cereal1$2.00
Organic Honey Bear1$4.99
Back to Nature Crispy Wheat Crackers1$3.39
Annie’s Bunny Grahams1$2.98
Veg Fed Cage Free Eggs1$2.79
Yellow Peaches4$3.88
Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes, 2.5 lbs1$5.09
Think Thin Protein Bars3$3.75
Lara Bars2$2.58
Coupons6-$6.00
$25.45

This is the first week I’ve bought pre-made bread in probably over a year. 2Chili’s response: “homemade is better.” He’s right! Homemade is better.

In other news, I had my first “harvest” from my garden last night – some lovely spinach, and there’s lots more where it came from. Sadly, I have quite a lot of weeds this year – not sure if it is from the really wet spring, or what really, but my garden is pretty high maintenance. Anybody have tips for organic weed preventer?

spinach

A dog knows a good thing when she sees it…

spinach2

On the Menu for the Week:

This week has been a little hectic, so I didn’t do a plan-ahead menu. We’ve been playing it day-by-day. But, several of our Test Kitchen Favorites made the cut this week.

Budget Buddies

  • Emily Levenson
  • Veggie Converter
  • Dairy-Free Cooking
  • Motor City Girl In the Steel City
  • Veggie Burgher
  • The Happy Cactus
  • Test Kitchen Tuesday
  • Newly Vegan
  • Veggie on the Cheap
  • MeloMeals: Vegan For $3.33 A Day
  • The Veggie Life
  • Caroline Cain Holistic Health
  • Going Veggie
  • Under The Apple Tree
  • Be the Change
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