It’s been a while since I wrote one of these. Ohh, those holidays.
I did cook and feed my family these last three weeks, but I guess you’ll just have to trust me on that.
What I Spent
It’s a new year now, so it’s a fresh start on tracking my spending. I ended the year with a $165 weekly average, and we’ll see what happens this year. I imagine my spending may slowly creep up over time as my kids get older and hungrier, especially since I am not in the nest-emptying stage of life yet.
I’m pretty happy with $165 a week, given that it averages out to $23 a day. That’s a pretty good price for feeding six people.
Anyway! Here’s what happened the first week of grocery shopping in January (blessedly little, actually).
I just made one trip out where I stopped at Aldi and at a regular grocery store, and here’s what I bought:
I wouldn’t normally buy so many crackers, but they were on sale for $1.67 and there were tear-off coupons for $1.15 off two, which meant that each package was only $1.10.
These will be handy for when we have snacky Sunday night meals. Yay!
I spent $131.64, plus $33 on my produce box.
January Grocery Spending
Week 1: $164.64
What We Ate
I made a stir-fry, which always makes Joshua happy. He digs stir-fry.
We had that over rice, naturally. And I cut up a bunch of oranges.
I made fish cakes.
Which was all well and good, except I forgot that I had no mayo in the house.
And since I was prepping the fish cakes in between visiting two cousins in the hospital (one was in a car accident and the other has a sick baby) and taking Sonia and Zoe to dance, I didn’t have time to go buy mayo.
Happily, Cook’s Illustrated’s website had a recipe, so I printed it and made some mayo in my Vitamix. Yay!
I was all pleased with myself and then went further on in the recipe and remembered I had no bread crumbs in the freezer (normally I keep a stash in there made from odds and ends of bread.)
So, I toasted up some random bread that was on my counter and made bread crumbs.
I’m pleased to say that the rest of the recipe went off without a hitch.
We ate a green salad with our fish cakes. And of course we had tartar sauce.
I made kebabs with citrus-marinated chicken, kielbasa, red peppers, and onions.
I needed a breakfast for dinner night because, hello, easy!
Buttermilk waffles and local sausage fit the bill nicely.
It’s gonna be a pizza night. And I think it’s gonna be a pizza-that-Kristen-isn’t-making night (which we all need every now and again!)
What did you eat this week?