Monday, June 2, 2008

Last Week's Groceries and New Budget Category

I decided not to spend the time typing in every dingdang thing I buy at the grocery store, but here's a summary of how we did last week:

Spent about $21 at the Farmer's Market on the scant produce they had available this early in the year, and then another $45 at Jewel. So we came in about $16 under budget, still trying to offset going over budget a couple weeks back.

The only meat we bought last week was a dozen bratwurst for the small bbq we had yesterday. We had pizza Saturday with sausage I had already purchased, and one meal or so out of a chicken/cheese/broccoli casserole I took out of the freezer. On all the other nights, I did meatless meals: peanut butter Asian noodles, split pea soup in the slow cooker, and some vegetable dish over couscous with the farmer's market haul that was very good.

We also made a decision to create a new spending budget: Entertaining and fun supplies. We love having friends over -- not only is it an inexpensive way to socialize compared to restaurants and bars, but it allows us to see people without worrying about getting a sitter or keeping the kids up late. But when I have people over, of course I want to have something nice to eat and drink and I want to have various drinks available. This has been causing me all kinds of angst with the weekly grocery budget.

So, starting in June we are allocating $50 a month to entertaining and treating ourselves. This should cover the $5 or so we spend on donuts every time we go to the Farmer's Market, the beverages we keep in stock for guests (sodas, liquor, beer) and allow us to get a couple extra things when we're having guests over.

I have already spent $30 of June's entertainment budget, which is fine because we are now stocked up and will actually be going camping and visiting others a couple times this month as opposed to hosting people at our house.


Abby said...

What's your recipe for the Peanut Butter Asian Noodles? It sounds yummy!

Carrie said...

The peanut butter noodle recipe really is delicious. I don't always use the exact ingredients listed but if you stay in that ballpark it comes out yummy. In fact my daughter claims to hate peanut butter but she loves this dish!

I got it here:

Abby said...

Thanks, Carrie! Sounds delicious - and easy :)