We’re halfway through January, and guess what? I’m halfway through my grocery budget. I decided I would give myself $500 to work with for January – but this had to also include pet food and toiletries, etc. So, $100 a week groceries, and an added $25 a week for the rest.
Our meals are going well and I don’t feel we’re sacrificing on health for frugality. Turns out January has tons of deals on oatmeal, did ya know? So, a couple of us are eating oatmeal every morning – oatmeal I got for 14 cents a box once my coupons were dealt. Cheerios are for the others.
Lunches are cans of chicken noodle soup, yakisoba noodles (49 cents!) or sandwiches and fruit/veggies for the kids. For me, it’s a mix – usually tuna with wheat thins. An egg over wheat toast or a salad.
Dinners have been good and cheap and included lots of free meatballs from deals over the past two weeks. Tacos, spaghetti, chicken over salad, Swedish meatballs and hot dogs made up our meals this week.
Yesterday I met with Trainer D again and made a stop on the way home with a list of additional foods I needed – $48 went toward a stock of green tea, quinoa and tilapia filets (which is what I ate while everyone else ate hot dogs), and fresh broccoli. Yum!
My tips for produce (because, yes, coupons are out there, but are rare for fresh produce) are to look in the grocery ad and buy whatever’s 99 cents a pound or less. I always buy bananas, no matter the price, but otherwise, I just mix and match with what’s on sale.
Just so you know, we eat out once a week, usually on Sunday. All other meals – most weeks – are eaten at home. Also helps keep the cost down.
Kids and I are doing a No Fries January Challenge. So far, so good!
We had a laugh when we looked at Mr MIP’s spaghetti and realized we were all picturing the same thing! The pigs on Angry Birds: