project: food budget, week 20

by Stacy

Project: Food Budget

Time flies, doesn’t it? We were back in the Midwest for the holidays, then my mother was visiting, we went on a two week road trip, my mother was still visiting, my husband and I did a juice cleanse, and here we are. My in-laws arrived yesterday.

I’m beginning to realize that we don’t have “normal” food budgeting weeks.

green juice!


Groceries: $143.26
Eating out: $22

Lessons Learned

This was a CSA week (I apply $28 to our total for it) and we went to the grocery store or a farmers market almost every day last week. For 5 days, my husband and I only drank juice. My mom was with us until Thursday, and she was drinking some juice, too.

When the cost of pantry staples is spread out over a period of time, it’s not so bad. When you’re shoving bunches of kale into your juicer as fast as you can, it adds up quickly. For two of us (plus a few glasses for my mom) I think it’s actually reasonable.

Other Thoughts

While the total sounds high, we didn’t use any pantry staples. We “ate out” twice — we bought juice at the Whole Foods juice bar while grocery shopping, and we stopped at another juice bar for variety’s sake another day. That’s a lot of nutrients.

Previously I was calculating our budget from Thursday-Wednesday to coincide with these posts. I’m swapping to a Sunday-Saturday week for my own mental sanity.

There are some new participants since I last posted! Check out my budgeting brethren:

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Kait February 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

That isn’t bad at all for a week of cleansing! What juice cleanse did you do?
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Stacy February 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I thought it wasn’t too bad, either, plus my mom joined us for several meals of juice.
We didn’t use a set plan, we just juiced for 5 days. I’m working on writing up a plan for some coaching clients who were interested, though!


Amanda February 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I would love to do a juice cleanse someday. Gotta wait until post-baby to give it a shot, though.
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Stacy February 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Absolutely. Cleansing and detoxing dump too much “gunk” into your system when you’re already busy growing a baby! But you’re getting towards done (what cute bump photos!). =D


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