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!!

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Food budget Friday, May 5

oranges.jpgIt’s nice to be doing Food budget Friday updates again!

I currently have a food budget of $100 per week but I would ideally like to get it down to $75-85/week. Hopefully in time I can manage to do that.

I love food and eating so it’s essential for me to keep my food costs under control, if I don’t pay attention these costs can skyrocket because I’ll just buy whatever catches my eye and looks good. Eating out at restaurants can also make my food costs way too high if I don’t manage them.

This week I was under budget a little bit which is nice. I keep meaning to make some simple meal plans, I think they would help make my shopping go smoother because I would be more focused.

Spending for the week:

  • 4/29: $11.01
  • 4/30: $25.44
  • 5/1: $10.38
  • 5/2: $15.39
  • 5/3: $7.05
  • 5/4: $8.38
  • 5/5: $15.15

Total: $92.80 

Food budget Friday, Feb 17

carrots.JPGHi everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely Friday.

I’m just checking in really quick with my weekly food budget update. I’m super tired tonight, it’s been a long but good week.

I went slightly over budget this week by about $4. Honestly, I’m surprised it wasn’t more because I had fast food several times for lunch and also bought a lot of groceries.

I had a pretty tough food week with several binge episodes. I was reflecting on why I binged (mostly for the usual reasons: stress, anxiety, etc) and trying to think of what might help for the future.

What I came up with was starting to try and make some simple meal plans. I strive on organization and structure and it’s nice to have a plan in place for the day. That way the “thinking” part of what to eat has already been done. I’ve been using them the past few days and so far it’s been helping 🙂

Spending for the week:

  • 2/11: $14.79
  • 2/12: $0
  • 2/13: $17.68
  • 2/14: $13.91
  • 2/15: $31.91
  • 2/16: $16.70
  • 2/17: $9.18

Total: $104.17

My current grocery budget is $100/week. I eventually would like to reduce that to $75-85/week.

Food Budget Friday: I’ve been moving this week edition

Hi there lovely friends,

This week I moved to a new place! Most of us know that moving is….a lot of work. It’s all good though and I’m very grateful because I’m now in a nicer place and it’s a better situation over all. God is good : )

Much of my week has consisted of bringing stuff over from my old place, cleaning my old place (honestly, where does all the dust, dirt, etc come from?!), trying to start getting settled here, getting utilities set up, etc etc. My apologies I know that’s all a bit boring 🙂

My eating this week was very up and down. I had a couple of binges which I wasn’t happy about but I think the stress from moving and feeling unsettled because of having so much to do and being in an unfamiliar place got to me.

That’s a consistent thread I see with my binge eating: feeling unsettled/stressed can often lead to a binge. The thing is though…that’s life and there’s always something it seems because life isn’t a placid lake it’s a river that just keeps on going and moving.

Being able to cope better with the ever-changing nature of life is one of my big goals with healing my eating disorder. I guess you could say it’s learning better stress & anxiety management.

Unfortunately I didn’t keep good records this week and misplaced many of my receipts. I can say for sure though that I went over budget by at least $30. This is for three reasons: 1. I binged several times which is expensive; 2. I needed to buy some food for the new place because I was running low on groceries; 3. I went out to eat a few times (3 times I think), it was just burger and burrito places but the costs of eating out really adds up.

Some fun news: I made my first “real” meal tonight at the new place (that didn’t come from a bag or a box). I made scrambled eggs with onion and mushrooms, boiled broccoli, and some sweet potato. It’s nice to be cooking again it’s much healthier and more frugal.

Hopefully I’ll start to feel more settled in the next few days and can get back on track 🙂

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Food budget Friday, Dec 23

photo12.jpgOnly two days until Christmas!! One of my favorite parts of the season is seeing the twinkly, sparkly holiday lights and the beautiful decorations.

After adding up my receipts for the week my debit card has also been in a holiday mood it seems. Maybe it’s been going out and partying at night? 😉

Needless to say, I’m over budget this week….by almost $45! And surprisingly it wasn’t all from binge foods. But admittedly I bought more “fun” foods than I really need, such as four boxes of tea, sugared pecans, coffee creamer, etc. I’ve been going over budget too often recently so I’m starting to realize that I probably need a better system. I’m thinking of trying out a simple envelope system for a few weeks (or however long I need it) and using only cash for buying groceries. This way when the cash is gone, it’s gone!

Hopefully this way I’ll get back on track and get closer to my budget goals.

Happily, my bingeing has been better this week (even with it being a holiday week)! I just looked back at my journal and I didn’t have a full-on binge once this week. What I did struggle with was eating too many processed carbohydrates, mainly corn chips and bread…but I didn’t binge! Woohoo!

My current grocery budget is $100/week. I eventually would like to reduce that to $75-85/week.

Spending for the week:

  • 12/17: $12.85
  • 12/18: $7.48
  • 12/19: $25.85
  • 12/20: $20.54
  • 12/21: $0
  • 12/22: $55.29
  • 12/23: $21

Total: $143.01

Food budget Friday, Dec 9: Visiting with friends edition

photo4.JPGI’m so grateful to have nice friends it is a huge blessing. I really value the people in my life and am so happy when I get to spend time with them : )

I was a bit more social than usual this week and ended up eating out at restaurants three times. Which is three times more than I normally do (or at least prefer to do)!

Generally I try and meet up with friends for coffee or a walk and then eat at home. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

I ended up being over budget this week by about $23. The eating out was part of it, but I have to confess another part of it was buying binge food. I had a tough week with overeating and ended up bingeing a couple of times. When I binge I buy expensive, pre-made convenience foods such as cookies, chips, pizza and ice cream to soothe myself. Which of course only works in the moment.

The binge foods eventually always make me feel worse: ashamed, sick, like a failure, and a bit poorer from spending money that I shouldn’t have spent.

I was reflecting on why I binged this week and I think it was mostly triggered by fear and anxiety. Most things in my life are basically fine, but nevertheless fear and anxiety have been a lifelong struggle for me. When I get overwhelmed my outlet is often, unfortunately, food. This week showed me that working to heal those two issues will hopefully get me further along with healing my binge eating.

My current grocery budget is $100/week. I eventually would like to reduce that to $75-85/week.

Spending for the week:

  • 12/3: $14.10
  • 12/4: $5.12
  • 12/5: $15.44
  • 12/6: $15.94
  • 12/7: $52.11
  • 12/8: 21.01
  • 12/9: $0

Total: $124.22