Budgeting for 2016: Starting with food expenses
Last year around this time, I was preparing myself and my home to move RGD in temporarily, when he had his heart valve and aortic replacement surgery. It meant that I had to go through my freezer and cupboards and plan regular meals to keep him healthy and eating well for a quicker recovery.
Some of you may even remember my "Freezer Mystery Meals" series. (It started with this article .) RGD being here helped me get through a freezer stocked with things that I did not know I had, often unlabeled.
I cannot bring myself to throw food away, but I am not generally fond of leftovers, and therein lies the problem for me. The freezer gets stocked, I buy too much to replace the fresh foods, and then I eat out too often.
In 2015, his being here for the end of January and several weeks in February, helped get my freezer more manageable and I know exactly what is in it nowadays, no longer storing unlabeled foods or going overboard in buying in bulk things that need to be frozen.
I am on a mission for 2016 to start being more conscious of what I eat and what I spend, especially going out for meals. My food expenses eating at restaurants has gotten way out-of-hand, and I have put on about 10 extra pounds this year.
I decided to start with my grocery purchase yesterday:
- Green leaf lettuce
- Yellow onion
- Green bell pepper
- Red bell pepper
- Pears, one each of four varieties
- English cucumber
- Beetroot, 1.25 lbs.
- Ginger root, .5 lb.
- Green cabbage
- Crimini button mushrooms, .25 lb.
- Jar of peanut butter
The most expensive on this list was the small jar of peanut butter at $2.49. I paid $15.48 for everything on this list.
When I look at this list, I see healthy choices, and many possibilities. I have a lot already in my kitchen to work with:
- Salmon, halibut, shrimp,and chicken in my freezer
- Eggs, plain Greek yogurt, and cheese in the refrigerator
- Pasta, rice, beans, and oats in the pantry
- Canned tomatoes and the variety of other things to be found in my kitchen--e.g. apples, walnuts, carrots, boxed broth, tomato sauce
I should be able to feed myself for little extra money spent in January. I plan to account for it all, as I spend it, just to watch for my patterns.
Do YOU overspend on food? Throw food away? Have "Mystery Meals" in your freezer?
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