Well, we went shopping on Saturday and the $50 a week plan seems to be working...somewhat. We spent:
Pretty good, huh? If you don't count taxes, we stayed within the $50 budget. Check out our loot:
Dairy: $1.18 (eggs)
Grocery: $11.32 (canned goods, flour, bagels, black beans in a bag, seasoning)
Produce: $35.75 (apples, spinach, oranges, bananas, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, lemons, and onions)
Meat: $3.64 (chicken thighs)
Our big spending items were spinach, apples, oranges, eggplant, and bagels. I learned a few things. First, buying bagged beans is cheaper than buying cans. I also learned to look for vegetables that are cheaper. Potatoes are really cheap and can be used to make semi-healthy dishes. Finally, chicken thighs (which I will boil and pull the meat off the bones).
I did forget two things, though. The first is bacon. I usually have bacon in my evening salads. The second is frozen raspberries, which I eat every morning in my breakfast smoothie. Too bad, though...we have already spent our weekly allowance and I am not letting myself go back since we went over the budget for the week.
Last night I made black bean burgers with homemade slider buns and steak fries. Yum!