What is mustgo soup?
Oops! In my rush to get this finished before leaving town, I forgot to link a lot of things! Mustgo soup is leftover soup. You can read my previous post about it here.
Do you all eat any snacks?
Yes, we do eat snacks. And probably too many! We get a lot of snacks like chips and granola bars (and candy) at the food yard sale, as well as CVS. These areas are both included in our budget. I also make things like muffins or cookies to munch on. Along the same lines, we also have dessert occasionally, and especially when we have guests.
Also, do you spend $20 EVERY week? or is this just every now and then?
Since January, we have been spending $20 or less per week on groceries and toiletries. Actually, this week was our first time to spend money on groceries since our daughter arrived in early February (with the exception of a $6 banana box of salvage groceries and a cucumber to get my swelling down after our daughter’s birth. 😉 ).
Of course the main reason we haven’t bought groceries for over a month is because we had so many meals provided after our daughter’s birth. We were extremely blessed in this area. Another thing we have done to keep the out of pocket expense low/nothing is to return many of the baby items that we don’t need/have doubles of and use the Wal*Mart gift cards to purchase fresh produce.
But back to what your probably really wondering, yes we can stay at this budget level for now. A typical shopping list does not look like the one shown because I do try to keep our pantry stocked and some of the expenses go to that. We would also do more eating from the pantry, but this week I wanted to show how a menu at a similar cost could be done by others.
We do have the advantage of having the food yard sale, and without I would guess our budget would be at least $10 more per week. The sale that we go to only takes place every 2 or 3 weeks. If I need to spend more the week of the sale, I may spend more that week. Say I spend $24 that week. Then I will make it my goal to spend $16 or less the next week.
This family of 8 only spent $60 on their groceries this week; that’s much better than us!
I am wondering how you are able to not pay for any out-of-pocket expenses right now other than bills/gas – I would love to read a post about what you are doing.
Much of this is included in the question/answer above. If we need something, we will buy it. But only if we really need it. And we’ve been learning that we really don’t need as much as we think. But if we do, we try to find a creative way to get it. For example, if we can get something using our extra care bucks at CVS, we might try to see if we can trade for an item we need with someone who doesn’t CVS. As mentioned above, we will see if there is anything we have as a wedding gift/baby gift that we don’t need and can exchange. (Of course, it helps if it was from somewhere like Wal*Mart or Target). And if there are no creative ways, and we truly need it or need it right away, we’ll get it. We’re not bound by this goal, but we’ve had fun and mostly success trying to stick with it.
Do you notice a difference with the ground turkey from Aldi?
Not really. In fact, it’s much healthier than ground beef, too!
This week, we’re actually using ground venison, and I guess that most people would notice a difference with that. We’ve gotten our venison from my parents or others who have leftover, but Daniel hopes to go hunting next year. There is some initial start-up expense, but it will save money in the long run and is also healthier.
Did you get all those chicken meals out of 1 4lb. chicken??…I’ve been getting turkey breasts (around $9-10) and using them for a turkey meal, then other dishes/turkey salad later. You get lots more meat (all white) and less bone/easier to pull. I’m interested to know how you get your chicken to go so far!
That’s a good question, and I’m kind of wondering that myself. 🙂 Since we have a little left in our budget this week, I’m planning to use it to buy more meat if needed. I am planning to use the meat in ways where the main course is not solely meat, but I’ve never done it with a chicken this small before.
Actually, it would be better financially to buy a very large turkey or chicken (better health-wise to buy turkey) and then use it for several weeks because the bigger I buy, the less bones there would be per pound. The 4lb. chicken was definitely not a good example for saving $ long term.