Vegetable soup ingredients

10-14-2017The main focus of my shopping today was to get ingredients for my favorite vegetable soup. I didn’t end up having time to make it today but hopefully I will tomorrow. The soup has simple ingredients and I like to make a large batch that will last me for a few days. It’s really nice to have the soup available and to not need to cook quite as much. I will try and post the recipe when I make the soup.

I also did a mini shop later in the day where I bought some tomatoes, dairy-free pepper jack cheese and a 12 pack of sparkle water.

Total for today’s shopping: $33.15

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Light shopping day

food 10-13-2017.JPGToday was a lighter shopping day. I try and eat salads as part of my lunch so I bought some lettuce and combined that with some tomato and garbanzo beans that I already had at home.

I recently bought a large toaster oven/mini oven and I’ve been making tortilla pizzas all week. I hadn’t had an oven in a long time so it’s been fun and novel to bake again. How I make tortilla pizzas: 1 brown rice tortilla + marinara sauce (spread thin) + dairy free cheese, then I broil until cheese is melted.

Tonight I’ll be having the black beans I made yesterday with brown rice and broccoli.

Today’s shopping:

  • Oranges: $1.64
  • Organic lettuce: $2.50
  • Sparkle water: $1.04
  • Dairy-free cheese: $3.99

Total: $9.25

Edit: I had some stress-eating this afternoon and bought cookies and candy, for $4.63 (not shown: Butterfinger bar)

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New total: $13.88

Groceries, October 12

10-12-2017Today’s grocery shopping went well. I was focused on what I needed to buy and didn’t make too many impulse purchases. The only things not on my list were the cans of tomatoes, but those are helpful staples and they were on sale.

I’m trying a frugal new recipe today! Making black beans in the slow cooker!!

I’ve never made beans from scratch before I’ve always bought them in cans. The whole bag of beans (1 pound) was only $1.39 and it seems like it’s going to make a lot, which I can then save and freeze the leftovers. If this little kitchen test works out I could happily start saving money on beans by making them sometimes. Not always though…..canned beans are very convenient and really not too expensive.

Here is how I prepared them:

Slow cooker black beans

  • 1 pound black beans, rinsed, remove any little stones or bad looking beans, and soaked for 8 hours or overnight
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 cups water
  • 1-2 teaspoons (or to taste) sea salt — do not add until near the end of the cooking!!

Add all ingredients into slow cooker, except for salt. Add the salt the last 30 minutes of cooking. Turn on low and cook for 6-8 hours or until soft.

Here is my grocery shopping for the day:

  • Brown rice: $2.29
  • Black beans: $1.39
  • Canned tomatoes: $.69
  • Tomato sauce (2 cans) $.67
  • Tortilla chips: $2.50
  • Apples: $1.70
  • Onion: $.56
  • Garlic: $.69
  • Broccoli (not shown): $1.49

Total: $11.15

Groceries, October 11

food.jpgSpending too much on groceries is a major financial weakness for me. I often make too many impulse purchases that makes my weekly food bills much higher than I’d like. I find that for me when I’m trying to fix a bad habit I need to be extra mindful, which today I wasn’t.

I spent $13.62 on groceries but then made a few impulse purchases later (mostly junk food) and ended up spending another $16.99.

Total for the day: $30.03

My spending goal for the whole week is $100 

Food budget Friday, May 12

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My food spending went pretty well this week! My budget is $100 and this week I spent $72. Each week is different but I love to see that number go down. Woohoo!!

I wasn’t skimpy on the groceries either. I bought healthy food such as veggies, beans and rice but also a lot of fun foods like chips, chocolate pudding, and seltzer water. I assume if I bought less treat foods that my grocery bill would go down a lot more. But what is life without a few treats?

I went out to eat fast food a few times and I spent around $10. That number is included in my weekly total.

Want to see some of the groceries I bought? Here is my shopping from May 6 and May 11.

I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day!!

Frugal favorites: Homemade lunchbox

lunch2When it comes to saving money I believe that little things, done consistently, can really begin to add up.

Every week day I make my little household a lunch box for the day. I believe that both the cost and health benefits are very good. And it’s definitely cool to have a lunch box even if you’re a grown up 🙂

These are some benefits of a homemade lunch:

  • Less expensive
  • Healthy, fresh food
  • Proper portion size (most importantly: not too much food so it’s not a calorie overload)
  • Made with love ❤

Here is a very standard lunch box that I make: It includes fruit, veggies, a sandwich (made on gluten-free bread) and some corn chips. If I used regular bread it would be much cheaper, but health needs comes first.

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Now let’s break down the cost (I’m estimating but it should be pretty close):

Apple: .50 cents

Veggies: .35 cents

Gluten-free bread: .87 cents

Chips: .25 cents

1 Hotdog (in sandwich): .40 cents

Mustard: .03 cents

Total: $2.40

A typical takeout lunch where I live is $6.50-10, so the math here is pretty clear: a homemade lunch definitely is the best.

Here’s a nice bonus: Often a takeout lunch will come with a soda and sometimes a dessert like a cookie. By bringing a homemade lunch you can bypass the temptation to get a “free” soda with your meal. It’s all about the little things 🙂

Food budget Friday, Feb 3

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This week my spending was under budget by about $10! I’m happy about this because my goal is to get my total food spending to about $75-85/week.

My eating earlier in the week was up and down and I binged a few times, but the past few days it’s been more steady and consistent. I’m all about the little wins, one meal and one day at a time.

Recently a friend gifted me a slow cooker which I’m excited to start using. I’ve always read and heard such good things about them so I’m looking forward to using it. I was at the market today and found about 3 pounds of chicken on sale, so that will likely be the first thing I try in the slow cooker. Any recipe suggestions are welcome!

I’m also mindfully trying to eat less sugar to see if that helps me binge eat less. I’m still in the honeymoon phase and have been eating this way for about 3 days but I’m feeling pretty ok so far and I haven’t binged! So that’s positive 🙂

I’m trying to “replace” the sugar by eating a little more protein and fat to try and feel more satisfied.

Back to budgeting matters: I’m glad I was $10 under budget this week. It’s thanks entirely to using all-cash instead of my cards so I’m going to keep doing that 🙂

Spending for the week:

  • 1/28: $24.58
  • 1/29: $4.26
  • 1/30: $6.55
  • 1/31: $12.85
  • 2/1: $14.59
  • 2/2: $13.54
  • 2/3: $13.51

Total: $89.88