It’s like the newspaper reads my blog! Here’s an article published about the amazing deals to be had at WinCo.
Well darn it, despite being careful all month, I did not meet my goal of my weekly groceries averaging out to be $37.50 (or lower). In good news, my weekly food costs, were $43.02, which was a new low. And they were lower than August and September by $2.18 and $3.49 respectively. I’m still spending less than the low-cost food plan.
In order to have met my goal, I would have had to shave $22.08 off my grocery bill. One thing that may have got in the way was making two birthday cakes. I had to buy honey from New Seasons, rather than WinCo, and that cost $10.00. It would have been cheaper if I planned ahead. Also, I bought bulk sliced almonds to decorate the outside of one cake and then nearly had a heart attack when I looked at the receipt and noticed they were $5.50. I have both leftover honey, which will go to bread making, and almonds, which will be used for a meal this week.
I think the other thing that would help is if I wouldn’t cook from recipes so much, as that usually results in having to buy random things I wouldn’t usually purchase. But I find that without a recipe, my food becomes very bland, as I’m not well versed on improvising spices.
I have been substituting ingredients to ones I have on hand. I have a delicious bean and cheese pie recipe that called for one can pinto beans and one can garbanzo beans. I had on had two jars of frozen pinto beans, so I used them instead and the resulting dish was delicous.
On the last weekend of the month, I bought ingredients for “inside out stuffed pepper soup” which called for both ground beef and Italian sausage, plus a red bell pepper. All of those ingredients are spendy. I would have been better off sticking to a bean soup for this last weekend of shopping. The previous week I had too much celery and I googled “celery and bean soup” which gave me this amazing recipe. I marveled that an onion, celery, beans and salt could end up tasting that good. Although, I had to buy white beans at Fred Meyer (more expensive) because I didn’t buy any on my monthly WinCo shopping trip. They will be on the November WinCo shopping list.
On the plus side, I cooked 22 meals for Matt this month, which gives me a tidy $90.20 payment from him.
November will bring its own challenges with Thanksgiving, so I will think of ways to make that holiday affordable. I see why employees used to get hams and turkeys as presents around the holidays.