Wednesday, May 20, 2015

March 2015 Food and Money

A few months ago I started my food and money project goals again. The month of March was a test month to determine if I can keep my food expenses to less than $1000 over the course of a year. I also had additional goals of:

Goal to eat 5 fruits and vegetables grown by me per day 68/155 = 44%
Goal to eat 7 fruits and vegetables per day: 156/217 = 72%

I did succeed to a certain extent but my expenses totaled to a little over $200. Several years ago I managed to keep food expenses to less than $1 per day for over six months, but my life has changed since then, and I'm in a relationship now so I face different challenges than I did a few years ago.

Sam’s

20lb Basmati Rice: $20.48/2 = half $10.24
10lb Flour: $4.98
10lb sugar: $4.31
2pkg yeast: $4.74/2 = $2.37
4lb salt: $1.12
4pkg butter: $9.88
Coffee: $9.88
Oranges: 8.98/15 = $0.60
Strawberries: $4.98
Edamame: 6.78/8 = $0.85
Oatmeal: 9.87/52 = $0.19
Quinoa: 10.98/6 = $1.83
Green beans: $4.88 = $2.44
Almond milk: $8.68/4 = $2.17
5lb carrots: $3.58
Grocery Outlet
Doritoes: $0.50
Nutrageous bar: $0.50
Cookies: $1.79 (2)
15lb potatoes: $3.59
1pkg eggrolls: $1.79
Reese’s: $0.50
Pound cake: $1.00
Frosting: $0.69
3 raspberry yogurts: $1.00
1 can corn: $0.50
Organic vegetable soup: $1.00
Prego sauce: $1.79
Boston crème pie: $2.79 = half $1.40
Spaghetti: $0.79
2 pieces cheese cake: $1.00 = half $0.50
Dollar General
Hot pockets: $3.25
10pkg hot chocolate: $1.50
BBQ chips: $1.25
Oreos: $1.79
Mac&cheese: $1.00
Restaurants
Guayabitoes: taco loco $7.50
Underwood’s: veggie omelet: $6.89 coffee $1.25 gravy $1.75
Frankie’s: tilapia $15.50 and 1/2 dolche misto: $6.50
Cracker Barrel: hamburger steak dinner: $7.69 apple dumpling: $3.99
Bogart’s: Philly: $8.99
Burger King: whopper $3.99 chicken sandwich meal $6.49

Grown by me
Grown Locally


1st - 1c blueberries, 1c raspberries, 1c grape juice, 1c applesauce, 1c bush beans, 1 garlic (1tsp), 1scallion (1tsp), 2 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 3/4 loaf bread, 2tbs butter, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey (5/5) (6/7)
2nd - 
1c blueberries, 1c blackberries, 1c grape juice, 1/3c key lime juice, 1c applesauce, 1c bush beans, 1scallion (1tsp), 2eggscr, 1/3c rice, 1/4 loaf bread,  1/2tbs butter, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey -  work : 1 hot sauce pack, popcorn (5/5) (7/7)
3rd -  
1c blueberries, 1c blackberries, 1c raspberries, 1c grape juice, 1c applesauce, 1/4 loaf bread, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey - Bogart's: chicken Philly (1/4c onions, 1/4c green bell peppers,  1/4c mushrooms, cheese, chicken, bread, baked potato, 2tbs butter$8.99  work: popcorn, 2 sm chocolates (4/5) (7/7)
4th - 
1/3c blueberry syrup, 1c applesauce1c bush beans, wild onion tops (1/2tsp), 1c potatoes, 1/2c carrots, 1/2 can corn, 1can organic veggie soup, 2 raspberry choc yogurt, 1tbs sugar, 1/3 loaf bread, 2 egg frtst, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey, Reese’s $2.42  (3/5) (7/7)
5th - 
1tsp wild onion, 1-1/2c potatoes,  2 eggscr, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs sugar, 1tbs butter, 1/4 pound cake, frosting, raspberry choc yogurt $1.27 - Frankie's: $15.50 tilapia oreganato, fettuccine tomato sauce, minestrone soup (1/5) (4/7)
6th - 
1c blueberries, 1/3c key lime juice, 1c applesauce, 1c carrots, 1c potatoes, 2 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 2 eggrolls, 1/2 sweet and sour, 1/2tbs butter, 1/4 pound cake, 1 pot coffee, 4tbs sugar $2.04 work: popcorn (1/5) (5/7)
7th - 
1c blueberries, 1c raspberries, 2c grape juice, 1c bush beans, 1scallion (1tbs), 1c carrots, 2 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 2 eggrolls, 1/2 pack sweet and sour, 1/2tbs butter, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey - work: popcorn - home: brownie nuts $0.50 (5/5) (6/7)
8th - 1c strawberries, 
1c grape juice, 1/3c key lime juice, 1c bush beans, 1c carrots, 2c baked potatoes, organic veggie soup,  1/4 pound cake, 1 pot coffee,  1tbs honey,  3tbs sugar, 1tbs butter - $1.25 work : sm twix (2/5) (7/7)
9th - 
1c blueberries, 1c raspberries, 1c grape juice, 1c applesauce, 1/3c key lime juice,  1c strawberries, 2-1/2c potatoes,  3/4c carrots,  1/4 pound cake, 1/4 loaf bread, 3tbs butter, 1 pot coffee, 3tbs sugar, 1tbs honey  $0.25 - work: popcorn (3/5) (7/7)
10th - 
1/2c blueberry syrup, 1 orange, 1/4 loaf bread,  2eggfrtst, 2tbs peanut butter,  1 pot coffee,  2tbs sugar $0.60 - Cracker Barrel: hamburger steak, 2 cornbread muffins, mashed potatoes, gravy, fried okra, 1/4c lemon juice, apple cobbler with ice cream $9.69 (1/5) (5/7)
11th - 2c strawberries, 1 orange, 1-1/2c potatoes, 
1tsp wild onion, 1c carrots, 3/4c green beans, 1pkg edamame, 2 eggscr, 1/2pkg choc cookies, 1/4 pound cake,  1pkg quinoa, 1/2tbs butter, pot coffee, 2tbs sugar $6.87 (1/5) (7/7) 
12th - 
1/2c grape juice,  1 orange, 1c strawberries, 1/2c green beans, 1c potatoes,  3/4c carrots, organic veggie soup, 1/4c pound cake, $1.85, 3 doughnuts $3.89 - work: popcorn (1/5) (7/7)
13th - 
1c blueberries,  1c raspberries,  1c grape juice,  1/3c key lime juice, 1c applesauce,  2-1/2c potatoes, 1c carrots, 3 doughnuts, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey, 3tbs sugar, 2tbs butter, mac & cheese, 3tbs butter $1.00 (3/5) (7/7)
14th - 
1c blueberries, 2c grape juice1/3c key lime juice, 1c applesauce, 1c potatoes, 2 wild onion (1tbs), 2eggscr, 1/4 loaf bread, pot coffee, 1tbs honey,  1/2tbs butter, 3tbs sugar work : popcorn, strawberry jam (3/5) (6/7)
15th - 
1/2c blueberry syrup, 2c grape juice, 1/3c key lime juice,  1c applesauce,  1c bush beans,  1/2c carrots,  2 wild onion ( 1tbs ), 2eggfrtst, 1eggscr, 1/2 loaf  bread, 1/3c rice, 1tbs butter,  1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey,  3tbs sugar - work: 2pkg duck sauce, small slice vanilla cake (4/5) (7/7)
16th - 
1c blueberries,  1c raspberries,  1c grape juice,  1c applesauce, 1/3c key lime juice, 2-1/2c potatoes,  1c bush beans, 1/8 loaf bread,  1tbs butter,  1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey,  3tbs sugar, mac & cheese,  3tbs butter $1.00  - work : popcorn, 1 piece sm chocolate (4/5) (7/7)
17th - 
1c blueberries, 1c raspberries, 1c grape juice, peanut butter cookies (free peanut butter from storage unit) Reese’s, 1 piece cheese cake, 1 pot coffee,  1tbs honey $1.00 - Little Caesars: lunch pizza, 1/2 Dr pepper $5.00 - work: ginger ale (3/5) (3/7)
18th –1/2c carrots, 1/4c rice, 1 can organic veggie soup  
$1.00 - Underwood’s: veggie cheddar omelet,  hashbrowns,  biscuit,  gravy,  coffee $9.89 (0/5) (4/7) 
19th - 
1/2c blueberry syrup,  2 eggfrtst, 1/4 loaf bread,1/2 bag bbq chips $1.25, 1 pot coffee, 2tbs sugar - Mexican restaurant : taco loco $7.50 (1/5) (2/7)
20th - 2pkg oatmeal, 2 hot pockets, 1/2bag bbq chips , 1 pot coffee,  2tbs sugar, oreos pck, 1c almond milk 
$5.42  work: popcorn (0/5) (1/7)
21st - 
1c blueberries,  1c raspberries, 2c grape juice,  1c bush beans,  2 wild onion, 1-1/2c potatoes,  1 can organic veggie soup, 1/3c rice, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey, 4tbs butter,  box mac&chs $2.00 - work: popcorn (5/5) (7/7)
22nd - 
1c blueberries, 2c grape juice,  1c applesauce,  1-1/2c potatoes,  2 wild onions, 1can organic veggie soup, 1/3c rice,   1/4 loaf bread,  1tbs butter, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey, rice krispies, 1c almond milk  $1.25 - work : mentos $1.00 (3/5) (6/7)
23rd – Burger King: whopper, whopper junior 
$3.99,  2 doritoes, 1 nutrageous bar, Boston crème pie, 1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey $2.90 - work: hot chocolate, chocolates (0/5) (1/7)
24th - banana bread, 
1c applesauce,  1c grape juice,  Boston crème pie,  1 pot coffee, 1tbs honey, free chicken parmigiana, - work: 2 pieces flounder, green beans, rice, gravy, ginger ale $4.00 (1/5) (4/7)
25th - 1/8 loaf bread, 1tbs peanut butter, orange 
$0.60 – Underwood’s: veggie cheddar omelet, hasbrowns, biscuit, gravy, coffee $9.89 - Mexican restaurant :  taco loco $7.50 – Frankie’s: 1/2 dolce misto $6.50 - Lake junaluska - strawberry banana smoothie  $4.30 (0/5) (5/7)
26th - 
1/2c blueberry syrup, 1/4 loaf bread, 3 eggfrtst, 1 pot coffee, hot chocolate – (coupon) Brixx Pizza: mushroom pepperoni pizza, $4.48  sprite $2.25 tiramisu $2.97  - (coupon) Cold Stone Creamery : chocolate brownie oreos ice cream $2.99 – movie: free popcorn, slushi (1/5) (2/7)
27th - 1-1/2c potatoes, 
1 scallion, 1/2tbs butter, 1 eggscr1 pot coffee, hot chocolate, 1/3c rice, 1 can organic veggie soup $1.15 – Burger King:: 2 chicken sandwiches, fries, root beer $6.49 - work: spree (1/5) (4/7)
28th - 
1c blueberries,  1/2c raspberries, 3/4c blackberries,  1c grape juice, spaghetti, prego sauce, cookies $1.79 (4/5) (5/7)
29th - Chinese food (sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, green beans, salmon, fried zucchini, eggrolls), 
$7.95  spaghetti, prego sauce $2.58 (0/5) (3/7)
30th –1-1/2c potatoes,  
1c bush beans,  1tbs butter, 1/2 pudding, 1c almond milk $0.40 - Underwood’s veggie cheddar omelet, hashbrowns, biscuit, gravy, coffee $9.89 (1/5) (4/7)
31st - 1-1/2c potatoes, 
1c bush beans, scallion, 1 eggscr, 1 boiled egg, - bank: snickers $1.00 (2/5) (3/7)