This week, I was WAY over budget, but it’s not as bad is I initially thought. We spent $83.73 at the grocery, but $9 went to kitty litter, which is not a food item, $16 went to berries to step up our lemonade and $5 went to San Pellegrino — so $21 on impulsive purchasing. If we had better impulse control, or maybe tallied the bill as we shopped, we would have spent just over $50, which is in right in my sweet spot.
Part of the reason we got so carried away with the shopping was that I frugalized a recipe from Bon Appetit last week and it was delicious, so we ate a coffee and donut breakfast over the same magazine and built our menu. That, coupled with quality produce and large selection with low prices (read: local corn at 25¢ an ear and a 6 pack of San Pellegrino for less than $5).
Even though we got carried away with our beverages (we usually just drink water, cheap wine and cheap beer), I’m happy with our list and I think our quality of culinary life will be improved this week. Outside of our dinner meal plan, we’ve already had a blueberry corncake brunch, and I expect some leftover magic, too.
Here’s our meal plan for the week:
- Tomato and Mozzarella on Yogurt Flatbread (tonight’s dinner)
- Broccoli Bulgar Stir Fry
- Southwest Skillet (we never got around to making it last week)
- Chicken with tomato and mozzarella
- Chicken, Beans and Rice (I cook the rice with Sazón and add Adobo to the chicken, but I might try it with the veggie stock I have left over)
- Pesto Chicken and Pasta (our last basil plant flowered and our new basil plants are ready for harvest, so we bought a plant from the store)