Just a quick update on the food challenge for the month. After two weeks of cash spending, I have literally a buck in my wallet, along with a tiny jingle of change. Confession: my accounting was less than stellar. I used some grocery cash for school supplies and other randomness, just because I was too lazy to separate things. To balance it out, a couple times when I was buying mostly non-grocery items, I used the debit card and also tossed a few groceries on the conveyor. I THINK the casualness in both directions pretty much evened out. Probably. But, yeah, there’s a reason I never became an accountant.
It is exactly that type of casualness that puts me over budget some months, so I’ve resolved to turn over a new leaf for the remainder of the month. And since our garden has leaped suddenly into harvest mode– green beans, cabbage, tomatoes, zucchini, cukes, peppers and soon plums— I’m going to aim to spend no more than $200 for the rest of the month. We’ll see how it goes. At the moment there’s a great price on ground beef at Albertsons– $1.88/lb– so probably 1/4 of that $200 needs to go for ground beef. But I’ve got lots of other food in my pantry and freezer, so I think with a little care I should be able to make it through the month.
On the menu:
- Black-eyed peas, bacon and collard greens
- Potato corn chowder with bacon
- Ethiopian Sloppy Joes
- Chicken and kale casserole
- Biscuits and gravy
- Tomato melts (brush bread with olive oil, broil, add a slice of tomato and cheese, broil again til light brown)
- Thai Chard Wraps
- Peanut butter sandwiches on homemade bread
- Pizza on the grill
- Tacos, using white beans and ground beef as the main filling
- General Tso’s Chicken and Green Beans
- Thai Pasta Salad
- Mexican Tortilla Skillet
- Green Beans with Peppers (as a side for salmon dinner)
- Jazzy Ramen Stirfry
Are you trying to cut down your grocery spending this month? How’s it going? What do you like to cook when you’re really focused on penny-pinching?