Friday, October 04, 2013
Living on a shoestring budget means I calculate everything. I track food and calories, I track how much food costs and how much each meal costs.
I was finally able to food shop today as food allotment money became available. I rarely buy meat but it was discounted this week at the local grocer so I bought things on sale. Sometimes even if the price per pound is high, but you are buying thin, trimmed, small quantities, you have to look at what you are getting verses the price per pound.
Here's what I bought for the entire month of October.
11.39 lbs. meat for $18.61 - 19 small pieces of meat, poultry & fish to last until November 3. That's 4.75 servings of meat a week for the month at an average of $4.65 a week for meat. I've bought cans of organic beans for $.89 lb. I've got to make a trip to Trader Joe's to start saving up on some nuts, soy, rice, almond, coconut milks for wintertime. I spent $53.39 on non-meat items, but I refuse to buy produce at Walbaums because it is too expensive. I'll go to Sal's Fruit Tree on Monday or Tuesday when it comes in fresh & its not so crowded with everyone touching everything. Out of the next 93 meals this month, 19 will include a few oz. of very lean, low calorie, fish, poultry, and meat. This is what I call a flexatarian lifestyle.