$80 Per Week in 2010 — Week 50

I’m on a mission this year: spend $80 or less per week on groceries for my family of four! After reconciling all our expenses for 2009, all the while remembering the splurges during a special family celebration and replenishing of food storage, I realized I could and would do better in 2010. With the skills I’ve obtained, and the deals on some web sites I’ve discovered, “I hereby pledge to lower my food budget this year!”

Busy, busy.  Shopping, errands, replacing an interior door damaged trashed by an unsupervised tween terror-child, figuring out why the pipes keep freezing after I was assured by professionals thought I’d taken care of them….  Ugh.  Then there’s the Advent/Christmas hub-bub.  I went to-ing and fro-ing this week, and finally just stopped.  I’m not making dinner tonight.  I’m putting up my feet and watching a movie with the fam.

This week for just food I spent $91.49, a little over my weekly budget.  This puts me at $464.41 UNDER budget for the year!   Here’s where my dollars went:

Target:  Apple Bourbon pork chops by Hormel (we love these!) for 1.79; Gold N Plump chicken drummettes (for the bowl games) .49!!  DiGiorno rising crust pizza 3.50; some of this and that for a potluck recipe.  Total for food:  15.03

Aldi:  Milks are still 1.79/gallon!  Romaine hearts 2.49 for pk of 3; oat bran bread 1.19; huge bag of Splenda-clone sweetener for just 3.99!  5# all-purpose flour .78; spiral sliced Christmas ham (Cooks’-clone) 1.49/#.  Total for food:  45.13

No Frills:  Steaks for Christmas Eve 9.50; Ramen noodles .20; Our Fam yogurt .25; Our Fam butter 1.67; chunk cheese .98; Green Giant Steamers  .63.  Total for food:  31.33

I’ve started refilling the freezer, as you can see.  After the end of the year, I will be able to breathe, and already have plans for batch cooking.  Meanwhile, with the potlucks, the concerts, the excitement of the Season, just keep us on our toes.  How ’bout you?


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