Recently, Hans and I have been trying to come up with a feasible, effective family budget. Yes, yes it makes us feel like old grown-ups, too.
We're trying to cook more and only have one meal out per week. It's not that we were spending tons of money eating out, but we were picking up Subway or Chipotle a couple of times a week each and that adds up fast over the course of a month! So we've been trying to take lunch more often and cook dinners at home more often, too.
I noticed that our grocery bill has gone up, substantially. But for the sake of my sanity, I figured I'd break it down and see just where all our grocery dollars go. Then maybe I can figure out where we can cut coupons or buy cheaper alternatives. And I'm doing it right here, so you all can give me tips!
This week, I bought lunch stuff, breakfast stuff, snack stuff, and ingredients for two meals (one of which is large enough to eat two nights in a row - yay left overs!)
Meal #1 - Penne ricotta pasta with spicy Italian sausage
This feed us Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
That's $2.27 per person, per meal.
I'm happy with this.
Meal #2 - Rosemary prosciutto corn cakes with chicken sausage and peppers
For Thursday night, and probably Hans' lunch on Friday
$11.34, or $3.78 per person, per meal.
And one of my favorites, at that.
Lunches - Turkey sandwiches (served with snacky things like fruit, yogurt, and wheat thins)
Monday through Friday, five each.
$14.49, or $1.45 per sandwich
Breakfast - Fueled by Hans' ridiculous cereal habit
Just $4.50 this week thanks to a "buy three, get a dollar off each" coupon I found. Whew.
Snacks - fruit, veggies, yogurt, apple sauce
Actually, a lot better than I thought it'd be. And it keeps Hans from buying stuff on campus when he's hungry, which is a feat.
Staples - milk, eggs, sugar, etc.
And the bulk of that is orange juice - $5 for two cartons. Maybe we could get the frozen concentrate ones?
After breaking it down, it seems like we're actually doing a lot better than I thought. Our meals are pretty inexpensive. Our biggest expenses are from snack foods and staples. I've always gone to HEB, but are there places to get these cheaper? Coupons at Randalls? Walmart? What are your secrets?