Said the Hobbit, a wonderful blog, comments on their $1.00 per day food budget. Yikes...I spend much more than that..
It is an ambitious goal and one I admire but...how does she do it? Said the Hobbit made a comment to my Pasta and Prawn post about her budget - grade 2 veggies and out of date sauces help her to live within her budget.
Food makes me a little crazy. My cupboards and freezer have to be full or I get nervous which makes it difficult to stick to a budget because if something that I use is on sale then I usually buy it. There are four grocery stores in Powell River and I shop at all of them because they are all very close. I wait for the sale fliers and then make my list according to sales.The upside to my neurosis is that if people come over unexpectedly I can always whip something up and not run to the supermarket...
So..Margaret..get over it already..and make a budget. I know I can't come close to $1.00 per day, or $2.00 or $3.00 but I think I can start with $10.00 per day, $70.00 per week. See how that goes and hopefully reduce it further as I get used to it.
I'll make a spreadsheet and track the amount of money I spend on food and post my success and/or failure.
I tried to break down the cost of the pasta and prawn dish I posted yesterday but it's time consuming and not very accurate. I have a hard time costing out pepper, salt, spices, oil ect...I use them every day but only buy then once in a while.The prawn pasta I made breaks down like this:
Prawns - $6.99
Parmesan - $0.50
Pasta - $0.75
flour - $1.00
yeast- $ 0.20
Olive oil - $0.50
Butter lettuce - $0.89
tomato - $0.50
cucumber - $0.50
Parsley, salt and pepper, chili flakes, dried basil, olive oil and vinegar - $2.00
Bottle of homemade white wine $1.66 (4 glasses)
Total for four adults $15.49/$3.87 per person for dinner.
I'm really counting on my veggie patch to get me through the winter...fingers crossed for a hot, sunny summer.