I’m feeling rather conflicted about this month’s data. I’ve got December down for five weeks, per the rules (December 30 and 31 fall in the fifth weekend, thus five weeks). However, when it came time to go shopping that weekend, I’d already spent my allotted $220 dollars, so I did an accounting trick and made it as if the purchase happened on 1/1/18.
I spent a lot of time deciding if I should do this or not. Much more than was probably necessary. In the end, I justified it thusly: nearly all groceries bought will be used to make food eaten in January. I was shopping for two weeks, not one, so how to account for that? And finally, I wanted to “win.”
I didn’t, though I came close. It’s a hollow victory through, because I know I skimmed off the Christmas budget this month. For example, I hosted Christmas Eve Eve (celebrated on 12/13 this year) and made two kinds of soup, plus bread and dessert. There was a lot of leftover soup. It fed me breakfast for most of the rest of December. It’s not reflected in my groceries budget because years ago I made the decision to wrap holiday cooking into the Christmas budget.
One of the problems with December’s shopping, and the reason I essentially spent five weeks worth of groceries in four weeks, is cheese. I’m a great lover of cheese and good cheese at WinCo is incredibly affordable. Thus, at the beginning of December I bought Parmesan. And feta. And goat cheese. And blue cheese. And mizithra. As of December 31, I still have half the goat cheese and feta left and I haven’t even cracked open the blue and mizithra. I also impulse bought lunch meat (ham AND turkey) and had to work to get that eaten up before it went bad.
Not a good use of my grocery dollars.
I’m going to continue the Thrift Food Challenge into next year. I’ve decided to cease this pantry-type shopping at WinCo, as it leads to cheese and other excesses. Instead, I’m going to shop twice a month a WinCo having planned already what I will cook for the next two (or three) weeks. I’ve been meal planning all along, but never with the intention of buying the majority of meal fixins at WinCo.
We shall see if that makes a difference.