when it comes to the special meal.. I budget for a while before to splurge for the event.
How much do you think one would need to budget for this?
Wow! What in the world do you eat?
I make us healthy sandwiches for lunch 4 days a week (lean meat on wheat-I get 1/2 a sandwich, Craig gets a whole), then each of us have apples and a few other snacky portioned items (like 100 cal packs). For breakfast I eat beef jerky. I cook us dinner almost every night and I make us chicken lots and lots, crockpot meals. It's almost always meat and veggies.
In truth, I don't eat enough right now and need to step it up.
I refuse to show this to my husband... he'd leave me knowing I could do better! LOL! There is NO WAY we're spending $59 a week!! More like $159 a week. But then, I do buy a lot of quality meats/veggies. Oh well. :)
you spend 320 a week on groceries?
at least, if not more. Closer to $500 a week... There are 5 of us to feed... and three of them are very large-appetited, super-fast-metabolism boys. My husband eats at least double what I eat, and my sons both eat just a little more than I do. My niece and I eat relatively 'normal' portions (dessert plate sized...)
oh my I couldn't imagine!
but the boys I am sure can eat anyone out of house and home
Well, there's only 2 of us. I'm not spending the low amount I did this month either because it cut too deep into getting quality meat and veggies.
Use that 5% toward fresh produce!
Do you have freezer space? Grab the "good" meat when it's on sale and stock up.
I need to use it for better protein first. With my altered digestive system, getting in quality meat is really important.
Fair enough. So what are some examples of quality vs. low-quality meat? We buy bags of frozen chicken breasts and chicken breast tenders, and they are a steal. I barely ever eat any chicken but breasts.
Same with steak - if you can buy the "family pack" when it's on sale, and freeze some, you'll get it for the same price as the lower quality cuts. Around here, at least.
Let me know if I can be of help, or to shut up!
p.s. I'm already doing that with the meat, but Seattle is an expensive area to live.
Yeah, I can imagine! I know when I was living in NYC I rarely bought meat. Then again, I was a bit jaundiced.
Alternative forms of protein? Eggs? Tofu? TVP? Recipes that call for meat as an ingredient rather than a separate dish?
2007-11-21 09:25 pm (UTC)
Find a butcher ;)
Seriously, find a butcher close to you, I always buy my meat at the local butcher shop, quality is so much better and always cheaper.
we go to DD meats but its a bit out of the way for you!
2007-11-21 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Find a butcher ;)
I keep telling my husband we need to buy half a cow from the organic farm down the road. 1/2 a cow is around $500, and the meat would last most of the year. Talk about a steal!
2007-11-21 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Find a butcher ;)
PLEASE don't take this the wrong way, but could there be other ways to save money rather than sacrifice the quality of your food? I hate to read that someone like you, for whom nutrition is so important, is economizing by cutting corners on things like quality meat and fresh produce... Like maybe buy generic detergent, TP, paper towels, etc., or cut down on new makeup, clothes shopping, etc., or drop your heat by a few degrees, or get rid of a service (I don't know if you get your lawn mowed for example). Save on your water bill by taking shorter showers, reducing the water in your loads of laundry, not watering the lawn as often. I'm sure you can think of stuff more on target for you, but these are just ideas to get you thinking. I KNOW that you are thrifty, and you do need new stuff and get awesome deals, but every $100/mo you don't spend elsewhere could mean an extra $25/wk in better/additional groceries. Ug, this sounds like an awful lecture, but really, please believe me it's not... I'm just pushing you to think outside the box... Please don't hate me for saying this stuff...
Since this is pushing my buttons, I have to ask: What in the heck are you refering to by quality of meat? Is this a choice verse prime or rotting verse non rotting thing?
Meat is expensive everywhere unless you are living in Cattle Country. What we do over here to save money is play butcher. If we have a lot of start up money or space we raise our own(my sweetie and I are working on the space issue). What we are doing now is buying a larger cut of meat or whole bird and cutting it up into usable pieces. It is like anything else you save money by eliminating the middle man.
You're doing better than us!
This is our last month (just me and my Wolfie) and it is about $152 a week. That includes TP, laundry detergent and all those other expensive must haves.
11/19 - Walmart - $106
11/19 - Trader Joes - $32
11/19 - Kroger - $64
11/14 - Trader Joes - $20
11/13 - Kroger - $55
11/8 - Publix - $14
11/5 - Kroger - $65
11/5 - Trader Joes - $42
10/29 - Kroger - $47
10/22 - Walmart - $81
11/22 - Trader Joes - 85