Sometimes I feel like challenging myself in areas I’m not very good at. Like spending a small amount of money on groceries. Which is why it is a challenge! Here’s what I’m doing:
I’ve decided to try to reach the end of October and spend no more than $100 on groceries.
I can only do this because I have some food in the cupboards already. But it’s going to be difficult. Food here in NYC is more expensive than I’ve seen anywhere! But I think it’s do-able. If it’s not, we’ll certainly find out! :-) There are 4 weeks until the end of the month, which gives me $25 per week. Crazy, eh? Every Monday from now on, I’ll give an update of how I’m going, what I’ve spent money on and what we’ll be eating that week.
Note: We are not experiencing financial difficulty. I’m purely doing this to prove to myself that I can do this and eat well too. I’m doing this on the blog, because then I can’t cop out!
I would welcome everyone’s favourite frugal recipes. And if anyone is interested in joining me for the challenge, let me know!
Disclaimer: The challenge only includes food. If I had to include toiletries and cleaning chemicals and the like in that amount, we wouldn’t be eating for the last week of October! It also does not include meals that we eat out or get take-out, which is usually no more than once a week.
I’m only showing my dinner menu plan because breakfasts and lunches are all pretty much the same. Breakfast usually consists of cereal or porridge to which we sometimes add yoghurt and/or fruit. Lunches are usually left-overs or sandwiches that we top with things like tinned fish or meat and cheese or pb&j, or if it is fresh out of the oven just butter with honey.
So, here’s my dinner menu plan for the first week:
Monday (last night):
Potato and leek soup with Italian toasties
Chicken & dumplings with carrots and salad
Nacho sauce over corn chips with salad
Mac ‘n Cheese and salad.
Friday (we’re having guests):
Roast chicken, potatoes and other roast vegetables, salad. Dessert: Spicy apple dessert with ice cream.
Chicken-Broccoli casserole with garlic bread and salad
Sandwiches or left-overs for dinner.