I think I’ve figured out this new food budget: all I have to do is make sure a part of my family is stricken with a gastrointestinal virus once a week until Easter. Seriously, our normal indulgences were far from our minds this week as we all took turns suffering. Ah well, as each one of us slowly returns to normal, we’re all poking our noses in the frig and finding a few things missing.
I know what you’re thinking, and, NO, I did not run to Cosco on Shrove Tuesday and stock my freezer and pantry with food. I also did not, however, empty the freezer prior to this project so whatever’s in there (’tis a mystery even to me) is up for grabs until Easter. Since we only own an apartment size deep-freeze, fowl can’t be foul quite yet.
In the few weeks leading up to Lent, I started to track my food shopping expenses. I pride myself in serving primarily home cooked meals and lots of fruits and veggies, so I was pretty shocked to realize that while 20% of my shopping expenses were for fruits and vegetables, an equal 20% had gone to snacks (chips, cereals bars), sweets (ice cream, cookies) and beverages (pop, coffee, bottled water). So, pretty clear where part of the budget cutting started.
Week one started Ash Wednesday. I know, I know, it’s only Friday but my menu is planned and purchased through next Wednesday and the frig is (as of right now) pretty well stocked. While Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee would have been easier, the planned dinner menu calls for marinated chicken legs, grilled cheese sandwiches, beef-noodle soup, spaghetti, shepherd’s pie, vegetable pork stirfy, and Greek-style roast chicken…all homemade. With $34 left of my weekly budget, I am feeling pretty smug.
Which brings me to another point: those of you who know me are wondering what I am drinking right now. Ah yes, my Friday night glass(es) of wine. Thankfully the 10 cent/bottle return on empty wine bottles helped fund this week’s purchases (and the garage is way tidier!). I know there are people out there whose daily addictions far exceed this one, but I do have to acknowledge it will be tough to kick my own habit which I’m guessing is about $2/day. I think I saw red grapes on sale at Loblaws….