Happy Tuesday, everyone :)
I mentioned last week that after moving to IL and going though all of the hassle with our first landlord, we ended up spending more money than we wanted to with living at a hotel for two days and finding a new place that is quite a bit more than we were hoping to pay. So, I've been budgeting our entertainment, groceries, etc.
Yesterday I went grocery shopping and added up what I had bought for the week- it came out to $21! Not a moment later I was catching up on my Reader and found a $21 week challenge... Coincidence? Divine Intervention? Either way, I knew I had to participate!
This is what I bought yesterday:
1 lb carrots- .88
3 apples- 1.83
Bunch of parsley- .88
Broccoli crowns- 1.41
1 Cantaloupe- 2.28
2 sweet potatoes- 1.03
4 small red potatoes- 1.03
2 jalapenos- .24
1 white onion- .91
3 roma tomatoes- 1.09
1 box strawberries- 1.88
1 lb frozen cauliflower- .98
Firm NaSoya Tofu- 1.98
Organic Soy Milk- 2.50
Quick Oats- 1.18
Whole Wheat bread- 1.96
Tomato past- .30
Natala says in her blog post about the Challenge that if you use spices or oil you should deduct $3 for each, since those are expensive items (even though they last a long time). I obviously didn't leave any room to deduct those. I also have some canned food and condiments that I will be using this week- I didn't deduct for those either. I think it will balance out because several of the meals I make will be eaten by both my boyfriend and I so technically the $21 is not just for myself (even though he bought his own items which I won't eat).
Some of the stuff I have leftover from last week's grocery run are whole wheat tortillas, frozen corn, ginger, celery, and garlic. I also have some canned food items that traveled to IL with us from TX.
I don't think many people are starting their kitchens from scratch, per se... so I think it's okay to use what you have left from other shopping trips that hadn't been used. For the record, I did calculate how much I spent last week on groceries to get a general idea and it was $30.
I'm also sure that I will not be eating an entire container of quick oats or a whole loaf of bread in one week- there will be plenty left for next week!
I also won't be using a blender or food processor- because I don't have those anymore! I tossed ours out in Texas because the blender was overheating, and our food processor's plastic container was broken. So, I'll be preparing food sans those appliances.
What do you think of this challenge? Do you think you could eat on $21 a week (per person in your household)?
So many people are forced to eat on much less, and it's tempting to choose the unhealthier items- ramen, and 98 cent frozen Michelina's dinners... I know I can do this the healthy, balanced way though :)
I'll be posting this evening with what I ate today and the cost per meal!