I am currently back in the Midwest for Christmas, and though I prepped my numbers for the last two weeks for this post (I have a tracking spreadsheet), I forgot to somehow make that spreadsheet accessible while I travel. Oops. So I’m putting in approximations based on bank statements which I will adjust later.
Week 11: $58.44 (groceries) + $20.90 (restaurants)
Week 12: $78.40 (groceries) + $35.48 (restaurants)
We were close, maybe a little higher than usual last week between the CSA ($28) and running out of a few kitchen staples like oils (last for a while, but $8 a bottle).
We hadn’t been eating out much, but we did a few times in the last two weeks. Once was to try a restaurant I really wanted to visit, and twice my husband and I went out while running errands and to take a break. One of the benefits of working from home is that I can cook my own food, but sometimes I don’t leave the house for days at a time. I needed a break and some quality time with my hubby!
We’re 3 months in to Project: Food Budget! Emily asked all the participants what we’ve learned. I noticed that the word “budget” has a negative connotation to me, much like the word “diet” evokes a restrictive way of eating. In some ways, calling this a food budget makes me feel internal pressure to spend as little money as possible. It’s a budget!
However, I feel that good quality food is an investment, and I’m happy to pay that money to farmers and restaurants I support. So while tracking my food spending is educational, I want to make sure that I’m not trying to make buying decisions based on those restrictive thoughts.
Something for me to ponder.
Do you try to minimize your food costs no matter what, or would you rather spend money on food and save money in another area?
Check out the other participants of the challenge to see how they’re doing!
- Emily Levenson
- Dairy-Free Cooking
- Test Kitchen Tuesday
- Red Pen Mama
- Acquired Tastes
- Fit Flexitarian
- Warm As Pie
- Katy Rank Lev
- My Inner Healthy
- Little Blue Hen
- xox, b
- What da Health?
- Project Food Budget 2.0
- Ignition Nutrition
- A Nice Heart and a White Suit
- Because Hobbies Happen
- Primary Focus Health Coaching
- Chicken Tender
- Fresh…A New Chapter
- Two Eggs Over Easy
- That’s Just Me