Actual: $90.72 (but doesn't include about $10 of ingredients I still need)
In addition to staples and a ton of fruit and veggies for snacks and breakfast, the budget went to:
- Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf
- Lots of mixed greens salads with Mediterranean Olive Oil & Lemon Juice Dressing
- Dishes from Veganomicon I'm making this week:
- Chickpea Cutlets with Red Wine Roux
- Pasta Della California
- Red Lentil-Cauliflower Curry
- Poppy Seed-Cornmeal Roti
- I noticed that most of the other bloggers' budgets are for their entire family. Mine is just for me. While my omnivore husband does try my dishes and usually eats them as sides, he buys his own food, so what he spends isn't included in my budget.
- Fruit and veggies to eat as snacks take up so much of my budget. Some days, I eat up to 10 pieces of fruit. I go through an entire carton of blueberries and cherry tomatoes nearly every day. Healthy, but costly.
- Most of us have a similar challenge: buying things outside of our lists because we think we might need them. I was very conscious of this while shopping this week. Still, I found myself buying at least two things for recipes I think I'm going to make soon. Sticking to a list is hard.
- When my fruit bowl was nearly bare, I couldn't wait to go to Trader Joe's and instead went to Giant Eagle to stock up. I think this is why I spent more this week!
- I need to go to Soergel's market in Wexford for produce. I heard it's cheaper than GE.