(I posted this originally in Frugality and Finances, but think it might be more appropriate here.)
Ok I just want to think out loud here about groceries. I am trying to budget and feed healthy foods to my family. Add yours or comment on mine.
1. Feed healthy, preferably local and organic foods to family.
2. Stay within budget
3. Stick to and make weekly meal plans to avoid eating out/convenience foods.
4. Minimize processed/HFCS foods at my house without being a food tyrant.
Budget: $500. I want to break this down as follows:
$200/ month food staples from organic coop--black beans, flour, rice, yogurt, canned tomatoes etc.
$100/ month cash for farmers' market (only in summer)
$200/ month grocery store...mostly food we don't buy a lot of cleaning supplies etc...This means only $50/week.
This doesn't include prepaid CSA veggies which started this week
Monday: Fried rice, homemade eggrolls using wilting fridge veggies/garden bok choi
Tuesday: Peanut butter dip (hummus) with apples, pita wedges, celery, carrots, cucumber and a salad with CSA greens
Wed: stir fry with CSA stir fry greens and rice or noodles
Thur: Garden burgers with potato wedges and coleslaw (vinegar based)
Fri: Always Pizza--usually homemade.
Sat: sub sandwiches (cheese and veggies) and leftovers
Sun: black bean tacos
Monday: pasta salad with veggies.
Yesterday's grocery outing:
HB buns 1.99
Sub buns 2.29
Deli cheese 4.89
Graham crackers 1.69
grape preserves 1.79
can pinapple .99
moms best frosted wheats 1.99
OG tortilla chips 2.00
garden burger (2) 6.98
colby jack cheese 2.48
coleslaw mix (2) 1.36
fresh pineapple 3.88
3.19 lb oranges 3.16
9.89 lb watermelon 4.85
1.91 lb peaches 3.59
Total 49. 64
After typing that out, I realized that I didn't get much OG stuff this week, but most of that comes from the coop and farmer's markets anyway. I am slowly trying to stock up on organic cheeses from the coop...so far we have mozzarella in the freezer. I also didn't buy milk this week. I usually buy organic, pretty local stuff for $6/gallon. That allowed up to buy the watermelon and fresh pineapple (which the kids devoured both yesterday for dessert...seriously...all of it!)
Also, I am vegetarian. Dh and kids eat a tiny bit of meat, but purchased mostly from farmers market or eaten at other people's houses. Dh and Dd pack sack lunches for school/work.
Any suggestions on lining up my goals with real life?