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Well I'm in on the food

February 2nd, 2010 at 11:52 pm

challenge, but taking it a step further and trying to keep it under $200.00 for both of us. I am in a contest with my sister who is single, she is trying to keep it under $100.00.

Unfortunately I blew today. I took a break after 2 hours at work to come home and say goodbye to my daughter and granddaughter and my dear sweet 17-month-old granddaughter cried and cried when I was going back to work. I was so upset I am not going to see her for 5 months, I stopped and got a Cinnamon Dolce latte on the way back to work. So $195.00 left for food this month!

I have been very busy with the visit and spent a lot of time doing this:



I am going to try to post my grocery purchases and my menus for the month. DH made a pan of lasagna and 2 packages of 3 cups each of more spaghetti sauce. We used italian sausage from the freezer, a large can of tomato sauce from the pantry, ricotta that was about to expire and lasagna noodles from the pantry. Onion, bell pepper and mushrooms were the only additions that we bought in the past week, but not purchased in February!

Last night I ate some chinese chicken salad and finished it up for lunch today. I will probably cook up some leftover steak from Sunday night with some broccoli left from the big bag bought over the weekend.

I took an inventory of the pantry and freezer and being careful I think this is completely doable. DH normally does all the cooking, but I am going to try to do both shopping and cooking for the month, which is a challenge for me!

4 Responses to “Well I'm in on the food”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    I would cry too if I had to say bye to that beautiful child! You definitely deserved that Cinnammon Dulce Latte. Good luck with you food budget. We are beginning a $300 food budget this month also. Wish me luck; I have two teenage boys at home.

  2. patientsaver Says:

    Nice picture! I'm trying to keep m y food bill under $200, but it's been hard, even tho i'm just one person. I can't imagine anyone being able to eat healthy for under $100.

  3. homebody Says:

    Well she usually eats tofu scramble with spinach for breakfast so I know she starts out healthy. When you have a full pantry and freezer I think it can be done with careful planning if she is buying fresh fruit/veges/bread/milk. She doesn't nor do we buy any prepared food usually so that helps too.

    Debbie, I feel for you, my husband loves to tell stories of how much food he ate when he was a teenager. When we first got married he used to eat an entire Totino's pizza every night as his "bedtime snack". Ha Ha. He was only 20 at the time (and was not at all chubby, in fact he was in good shape). I'm sure he wished he could still eat that way now.

  4. swanson719 Says:

    If you google IRA Form 8880 you get a federal tax credit for having any type of retirement plan so long as your family income is under $55,000.

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