May 30, 2015

My $100 Start Up

Lately I've had a lot going on. Summer break starts in two weeks and I have big plans. I work fulltime, write this blog, will be designing two websites, providing technical and administrative support a few hours a week for a local business, and will be test-running a business model. Among other things.

So just a heads up on the business model. This is the biggest venture I've ever done - but will cost me less than $100 to start. This is a test-pilot for a local, home cooked, made from scratch dinner delivery service. Me and a partner will be doing this. I'll update you on more details soon. I want to share this adventure with you.

May 17, 2015

$50/Week and Eating Well?

Well, we're back on $50 a week for groceries until my husband starts getting a regular paycheck. Prices pretty much everywhere have gone up since the last time we did this so it's even more of a challenge.

These posts are inspired by GroceryBudget101.com's $50 Meal Plans. They are veterans at this and must have one massive freezer. 

The first step is planning: I plan to shop for produce at the farmers market and everything else at our discount store. While I work in a grocery store, it is considered a "luxury" shopping location and is very expensive. I've always bought meat here but the prices have become unreasonable - $4/lbs. for just about anything except whole chickens. I've had to negotiate with my husband about the meat issue.

I also utilize a weekly menu and meal prep for my planning. The discount store I shop at doesn't take coupons so I've cut those out (no pun intended!) for the most part. Every once in a while I catch a deal on grocerysmarts.com worth stocking up on.

Additionally, our garden is just getting started and our rabbits are not old enough for slaughter yet. In later weeks you'll see 

This week we bought: Boneless skinless chicken breast (4 lbs.), ground turkey (2lbs.), mushroom-chicken sausage (1lbs.), beef ramen, coffee creamer, kale, lettuce, green onions, asparagus, bananas, 3lbs. bag of onions, yogurt, 2 boxes of cereal, french bread, and 1 jar of pasta sauce.

Total: $46.00

Meal-share Benefits with Family: 1 whole turkey and 3 goose eggs.

From the Garden (and some Foraging): Morel mushrooms and dandelion greens.

This hasn't been the healthiest week for us. I've been working late nights so when I come home dinner is the last thing I want to do, and I can't prep it in the morning because I'm doing homework in the mornings.  I overspent on some things though - like french bread and jarred sauce - and as a result we ran out of bananas, coconut milk and eggs. Learning to overcome impulse shopping, sticking to your meal plan, making a meal plan you can stick to, etc. are all necessary lessons.

I've always stuck to a tight food budget but this is only my 3rd month of meal planning.

This Week's Meal Plan

Breakfast options:
Yogurt and granola
Frogs in a hole
Oatmeal

Lunch options:
Vegan chili verde
Cornbread
Turkey wraps
Sausage pasta with spinach
Leftovers

Dinner:
Saturday - Chicken curry with brown rice
Sunday - Enchiladas
Monday - Turkey and kale soup
Tuesday - Ground beef ramen and salad
Wedensday - Turkey gravy over potatoes
Thursday - Steak, garlic creamed pasta and asparagus
Friday - Turkey meatballs with marinara and fresh bread

Snacks:
Pickled eggs
Crackers
Granola bars
Fresh fruit
Crunchy roasted chickpeas
Quesadillas
Green salad


How do you feed your family?