Yay! Except for last week, we did pretty damn well. Actually having a specific budget helped to cut down a lot of excess food costs and reinforces the fact that you can eat all the right things and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
For this next month, since the holidays are going to mess with our schedules and we’ll be gone for larger chunks of time, I’m planning on doing a meal-by-meal cost breakdown instead of a weekly grocery total. I’ll see what works better as a measure of value and go from there.
For example, here’s tonight’s dinner…
Baked salmon with steamed green beans…
Atlantic Salmon Fillet: $7.96
Salad with Spinach, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Pepper: $1.00
Homemade Tahini Salad Dressing: $0.50
Total cost per person: $4.73
I just estimated the cost of the salad and dressing for this example, but I’ll actually do a breakdown so I have a good cost baseline for salads and veggies. We go through A LOT of salad in this house…