Happy Friday! It’s less happy for me because I’m sick with a nasty sinus flu I picked up from Mark, but I’m drugging myself and powering through the day before we have friends over for dinner tonight. Yes, I’m cooking. Yes, I’ll be obsessively washing my hands so I don’t infect anyone else. And yes, I’ll still be having wine because I’m making my three cheese veggie lasagna and it’s kind of required.
ANYWHO here we are, our first weekly grocery recap of what we spent and ate for an entire week of meals/snacks.
First things first:
- I took really shitty photos of the grocery haul because I was in a rush and I used the wrong camera so I couldn’t get it all in the photos nor could I get a good angle. Next week’s recap is better.
- I didn’t stage photos of our meals because as if I have time or desire to do that for everything. They are taken on my iphone and not edited. Deal with it.
- There’s one photo per type of food eaten, even when it was eaten several times. You don’t need a photo for every single meal.
- I had a lot of leftover ingredients in my fridge/pantry from the week prior’s grocery haul. The prior week’s total was $57. It happens. Leftovers carry in to the next week so you spent less. Yay! This week’s haul ended up creating leftovers for next week. It’s how it goes.
- As I mentioned before, pricing for items is largely dependent on where you live. In general, in the States, the same things I buy here are cheaper than what I pay. On the flip side, you could live somewhere more expensive than me and pay more. It’s all relative to where you live.
Now, the ‘rules’ of my grocery spending and what these recaps represent:
- We have a separate entertainment budget that includes: date night, having friends over for dinner, going to over to friends (where we bring wine/food), coffee dates, going out with people, lunches out, etc. It isn’t included in the grocery budget because the whole point in spending less on our normal day-to-day food is so we have more money to do fun things with each other/friends/family. For us, that’s where our priorities are. Connection, fun and community is what we feel life is about.
- On average, we each eat out for lunch once or twice a week. Either with each other with other people. We go out or have friends over once or twice a week and I typically have coffee dates with friends once or twice a week. We don’t do that much every single week, but the option in the budget is there.
- Alcohol isn’t included in groceries. It isn’t food. We do have a separate budget for that. Sometimes we use it, other times we don’t.
Okay, on to the food!
This week I spent: $34
It would have been about $25, but Mark got sick so I picked him up a big box of tea and ice cream that was unplanned. Now I’m the one drinking the tea and eating the ice cream because I’m the sick one.
2 dozen eggs, jasmine rice, canned chickpeas, bananas, cauliflower, bell peppers, a loaf of bread, apples, ice cream, orange pekoe tea, 4L of milk, baby carrots, unpictured ground beef, green onions and a random orange.
Pumpkin pie baked oatmeal with an apple and usually some peanut butter for extra fats. With coffeeeee. We still had cream left from last week.
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches (no picture). I bought 5 tubs of peanut butter back in December when it was on sale for $2.50. One lasts me a month usually. FYI I spent $25 that week on food. $12.50 of it was peanut butter. #priorities
Breakfast Tacos! On Sunday morning. With cheese (underneath the eggs so it melts better), 2 buttery scrambled eggs and salsa. Eaten with an apple that went unpictured.
Mark ate cereal with orange juice. He eats cereal pretty much every morning with juice unless I make huevos rancheros or breakfast tacos. We had juice and cereal leftover from the previous week.
Breakfast tacos (per above). Also not pictured was the random orange I bought, extra carrots, and random leftover cauliflower from the previous night’s dinner.
Tuna Sandwiches eaten with veggies and/or fruit.
Leftover Curry we had potatoes leftover and chicken broth in the pantry and the spices are always fully stocked so I didn’t need to get anymore for it.
We went out for pitas a couple of times. I got a chicken shawarma one day and another day I got falafel. So good. Now I’m attempting to make falafel at home for homemade falafel pitas! Wish me luck.
Chickpea and potato curry from Recipe Tin Eats. It was really good! I’ll definitely make it again. We both loved it and got 6 meals out of it. The recipe says it serves 4 but we were super full when we split it in to 6 with rice. A few times we had some extra veggies on the side.
Easy Korean Beef Bowls that I posted yesterday. We got 5 meals out of them. I had 2, Mark had 3. We added prob 4x that amount of shredded carrot and a bunch of steamed cauliflower on the side.
Breakfast tacos… again. For me. I had 2. I cook one at a time because they take like 2 minutes to make and then I can eat both hot. Eaten with veggies on the side. When bacon is on sale, we have them with bacon. Extra good. I think it seems like I eat a lot of breakfast tacos… I did this past week for sure… But mostly it’s because a couple of weeks ago (when I spent $50) a big bag of 20 tortillas were on sale… so was salsa… so was bacon… so I bought them. And it took til now to go through all the tortillas.
One night Mark got home from work super late so he just wanted some chicken fingers and fries. They were in the freezer leftover from a couple weeks ago ( I had spent $50). We never even ended up opening the box until now since they’re mostly there as a back up. That was the night I had tacos.
bananas with peanut butter, granola bars that were leftover, cookies, ice cream, chocolate from Christmas we’re still working our way through, chips we had leftover from the week before, sliced peppers and carrots, crackers, etc.
It isn’t glamorous, but it’s all things we like to eat, keeps us full, happy and energetic and it’s cheap AF. We eat a lot of carbs because we love them and we both feel really good eating them. If you do low carb, IDK how you do it.
Okay that’s it. See you back next week! I grabbed everything for next week yesterday and it’s all a lot less… brown… and a lot more vegetable-y.