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May 22 - 29 Prices Wrap-Up

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

As I said, I somehow got through the month spending only $109.71! I’ve tried to figure out what I did differently, and the only thing that jumped out at me was I kept my breakfasts simple and cheap. And I made my own yogurt, for way less than it would have cost me to buy it ready-made. Oh yeah, and I used half and half instead of whipping cream, for less than half the cost.

Here’s what I bought for the 28 days –

2 10-lb bags of chicken leg quarters @ $5.90/bag
2 lbs hamburger @ $2.50/lb
1 lb Jumbo Franks @ $1.00
4 lbs pork ribs @ $1.79/lb

1 lb butter @ $2.49/lb
2 8-oz bricks cheddar @ $1.79/brick
24 oz cottage cheese @ $2.29/24 oz
2 8-oz blocks of cream cheese @ $1.00/block
7 dozen eggs @ $1.21/dozen
1 quart half and half @ $1.49/qt
1 pint sour cream @ $1.00/pint
1 gallon whole milk @ $2.39/gallon (to make the yogurt)
1 small carton yogurt @ 50 cents (yogurt starter)

3.25 lbs cabbage @49 cents/lb
2 lbs carrots @ 1.29/2 lbs
1 head cauliflower @$3.58/head
1 cucumber @ 54 cents each
2 lbs frozen broccoli @ 98 cents/lb
26 oz bag frozen spinach @ $1.98/bag
2 green peppers @ 64 cents each
3 pack of romaine @ $2.49/pack
2 – 2lb bags of onions @ 99 cents per bag
3 lbs strawberries @ 99 cents per lb

2 cans green beans @ 49 cents/can
2 cans hominy @ $1.58/can
1 can mackerel @ $1.39/can
1 30-oz jar mayo @ $1.99/jar
1 12-oz jar mustard @ $1.19/jar
1 17-oz bottle of pure (not EVOO) olive oil $2.68/bottle
1 can pumpkin @ 99 cents per can
Salt and pepper pack @ $1.29 per pack
Smallest bottle soy sauce @ $1.50/bottle (guess)
1 bottle liquid splenda @ $2.98/bottle
1 bottle steak sauce @ 99 cents per bottle
1 bottle hot sauce (Tabasco-ish) @ 89 cents per bottle
2 cans tomatoes @ 59 cents/can
2 cans tomato sauce @ 29 cents/can
2 cans tuna @69 cents/can
1 bottle wine vinegar @ $2.00/bottle (guess)

1 lb barley @ $2.00/lb (guess)
1 jar of each of the following, at 50 cents/jar
Chili powder
Cinnamon
Garlic powder
Italian herb blend
Onion powder
Parsley
Wee bit of each of the following, at 50 cents each (guess)
Cumin
Oregano
Red pepper flakes
1 lb flax seed @ $1.99/lb
3 oz peanut butter @ $3.39/lb
2 lb sunflower seeds @ $2.50 per lb

For a total of $109.71, I averaged 20 oz a day of meat/eggs/cheese/yogurt (ounce for ounce except for the yogurt, and I figured one cup was equivalent to 1 ounce of protein), and 12 ounces a day of veggies. And another 2 ounces a day of strawberries. All of these are as purchased, so some of them include some waste.

One of my goals when I started this month was to get more variety by having at least 8 meals each of fish, beef, pork and chicken. The chicken was easy, since it’s the cheapest. I had two meals of Cabbage and Mackerel Salad and 3 meals of tuna salad. Three meals of Hamburger Barley Soup and four of Pumpkin, Spinach and Hamburger Casserole. Four servings of Cherokee Pork Chili and 3 of BBQ pork ribs. So I almost made it, though I forgot that the Hamburger Barley Soup only makes 3 servings instead of 4.

The other goal was to focus on sides. I guess I’d call that one a success, too. I made my own salad dressings – Italian and Ranch. My own barbeque sauce. A Basic Salad Mix of chopped veggies that I added to salads, though I seem to have forgotten about that after the first two weeks. Also Broccoli Casserole, Fauxtato Salad, Coleslaw, and Carrot and Sunflower Seed Salad. And, in terms of trying to make things a bit healthier than just buying the cheapest version of things I could find, I made my own yogurt and, as I said, my own salad dressings, too.

And I even managed to sneak in two Memorial Day dinners! I planned the first one for Week 3, in case there wasn’t enough money left for Week 4. And then I did another one in Week 4.

  
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Week 4 at May 22 -29 prices

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A very strange month. I somehow ended up spending less than $110. I went back and double checked my protein, and it’s right. I didn’t double check all of it, though.

Anyway, here’s the last week at May 22 – 29 prices.

Day 22 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – salad of chicken, celery, egg, mayo, sunflower seeds
Supper – BBQ chicken leg quarter, Fauxtato Salad

Day 23 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – Chicken Soup, celery with cream cheese
Supper – Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole; lettuce with dressing

Day 24 – (Memorial Day)
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – Chicken Soup, lettuce, dressing, cheddar cheese
Supper – BBQ pork ribs, Fauxtato Salad, carrot and sunflower seed salad

Day 25 -
Breakfast – cottage cheese, flax, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – salad of bbq pork, cauliflower, onion, mayo, mustard
Supper – roasted chicken leg, Broccoli Casserole

Day 26 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – salad of chicken, celery, mayo, egg, sunflower seeds
Supper – Hamburger Barley Soup

Day 27 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – Chicken Soup, sour cream, lettuce, dressing
Supper – BBQ pork ribs, coleslaw

Day 28 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – Chicken Soup, celery, cream cheese
Supper – jumbo franks, coleslaw

I’m intrigued with the idea of trying to spend zilch on food one week, as in The $21 Challenge. Though they give you up to $21 to spend. Anyway, I thought I’d see if I could get through the whole week without buying anything. I could have, but I caved and bought another pound of strawberries. The Chicken Soup is something I concocted from what I had on hand. It sounds pretty good, actually.

Average calories were 1820 per day, fat was 131 grams, protein 101 grams, total carbs 60 grams, fiber 19 grams, net carbs averaged 41 per day.

Here the links to the recipes -

Broccoli Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2493780


Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2495070


Basic BBQ Sauce - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2495588


Italian Dressing - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2492923


Hamburger Barley Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2486579


Chicken Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2496444


Fauxtato Salad - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2495761


Coleslaw - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2495767

  


Week 3 at May 22 - 29 Prices

Monday, May 27, 2013

Funny, last “week” I had to work to get my costs down. This week they’re lower than usual without any work on my part.

Day 15 –
Breakfast – yogurt, sour cream, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, cinnamon
Lunch – lettuce, eggs, ranch dressing, Basic Salad Mix
Supper – BBQ chicken, Fauxtato Salad, Coleslaw

Day 16 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – Cream of Spinach Soup
Supper – Hamburger Barley Soup

Day 17 –
Breakfast – yogurt, sour cream, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, cinnamon
Lunch – Cabbage Salad (leftover coleslaw with eggs and cheddar cheese)
Supper – jumbo franks, Fauxtato Salad

Day 18 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – salad of tuna, celery, egg, mayo, sunflower seeds, Basic Salad Mix
Supper – BBQ chicken, green beans

Day 19 –
Breakfast – yogurt, sour cream, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, cinnamon
Lunch – cheese omelet, salad of romaine, ranch dressing, Basic Salad Mix
Supper – Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole, salad of lettuce, Italian dressing, Basic Salad Mix

Day 20 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – salad of lettuce, chicken, egg, Italian dressing & mayo, sunflower seeds
Supper – Hamburger Barley Soup

Day 21 –
Breakfast – yogurt, sour cream, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, cinnamon
Lunch – salad of lettuce, eggs, ranch dressing, Basic Salad Mix, sunflower seeds
Supper – stir fry of BBQ chicken, extra BBQ sauce, cabbage, onion, carrot and oil

Total cost of food eaten was $22.23, or an average of $3.18 per day.

Average daily calories were 1790, fat was 135 grams, protein was 90 grams, total carbs was 54 grams, fiber was 17 grams, and net carbs averaged 37 per day.

Links to recipes -

Ranch Dressing (Thanks, Faith!) -

  


Week 2 at May 23 - 29 prices

Monday, May 27, 2013

Day 8 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – Cabbage & Mackerel Salad
Supper - Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole, lettuce, Basic Salad Mix, Italian dressing

Day 9 –
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, sour cream, cinnamon
Lunch – salad of cauliflower, eggs, homemade ranch dressing, sunflower seeds
Supper – roasted chicken leg, Broccoli Casserole, lettuce, ranch dressing

Day 10 -
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – salad of lettuce, chicken, egg, homemade Italian dressing, mayo, sunflower seeds
Supper - Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole, lettuce, Basic Salad Mix, Italian dressing

Day 11 –
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, sour cream, cinnamon
Lunch – cream of spinach soup, devilled eggs
Supper – Cherokee Pork Chili

Day 12 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – salad of celery, tuna, egg, mayo, sunflower seeds, Basic Salad Mix
Supper - jumbo franks, green beans, onion, drippings

Day 13 –
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, sour cream, cinnamon
Lunch – cheese omelet, lettuce, Basic Salad Mix, ranch dressing
Supper – Cherokee Pork Chili

Day 14 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – cream of broccoli soup
Supper – Dump Sticky Chicken, fried cauli-rice

Cost of food eaten for the week was $22.70, or an average of $3.24 per day.

Average calories per day = 1755, fat = 133 grams, protein = 97 grams, total carbs = 44 grams, fiber = 16 grams, net carbs = 28 per day.

Here are links to the recipes -

Italian Dressing - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2376817


Cabbage Mackerel Salad - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
e-detail.asp?recipe=2457505


Cherokee Pork Chili - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2376817


Broccoli Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2493780


Ranch Dressing (Thanks, Faith!) - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2495088


Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2495070

  


The $21 Challenge

Sunday, May 26, 2013

No, this isn't another challenge here on SP. It's a book I got at the library yesterday. I wrote about it a bit in my last post, but I hadn't looked at the recipes yet. I couldn't believe it when I did look at them! I mark the ones that look promising, and ended up marking most of them. A lot of them aren't recipes (though they are mostly written that way) as much as they are templates for using up whatever you happen to have on hand. Take a look at it if you get a chance, for both the budget advice and the recipes.

  
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