back to eating on a budget

Broke again. Since this happened around the same time last year, I’m blaming December. The whole holiday season is so expensive. Not just buying gifts, but all the eating out, drinking wine, making cookies, traveling to visit loved ones…

So here we are. Eating on $20 each a week until the end of February. That’s right… 8 whole weeks. Went a bit over budget this time because we miscalculated. Thinking we had enough money to cover raisins, I threw a tub of them in the basket. Organic no less. And then I ran to the corner store and bought $10 maple syrup for our pancakes. Thought we had some in the fridge, but turned out we didn’t and the pancakes were already in the pan. Still… this put us at about $60, which is about $20 less than we usually spend.

Menu for the week looks good:

  • Risotto primavera
  • Baked lentils, steamed carrots & mashed potatoes
  • Refried bean quesadillas with wild rice
  • Tofu stir fry
  • Some kind of soup using our slightly wilted veggies
  • Omelette
  • Getting taken out for birthday dinner (yay!)
Lunches will be leftovers and/or salads. Breakfasts will be oatmeal (with raisins, of course) or cream of wheat. A healthy and relatively cheap way to start the New Year!

3 thoughts on “back to eating on a budget

  1. Like your blog…may i suggest grocery stores, they often have sales on very decent wines. I buy Columbia Crest Grand Estates, Cabernet 2007 and Chardonnay 2008, both very decent wines for a very good price on sale (like 7.99 good). I buy a little every sale and by the holiday season or a special occasion I have plenty and don't have to come out of pocket so much for holidays. I also do it with gifts and baking supplies. When i see they are on sale I buy. This holiday was the first that I didn't feel overwhelmed by money flying out the front door. Good luck!

  2. Hi!I would love to talk to you about an issue that I feel is a hot topic in environmental news and something that most families are intrigued to read about. I have written an article that I think your readers would be interested in seeing on your blog.I'm looking to promote that idea that by encouraging grocery shoppers to branch out from their usual selections and to join the local food movement, they can help provide a healthy food choice for their families and create a more sustainable agricultural system.Kori

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