The food I’m starting out with
I gathered my receipts from my most recent trip to the grocery store and made a chart of the food purchased on those trips that I plan to consume this week. Their costs are subtracted from the $20 remaining in my budget, after I took $1 off the top for random condiments like salt, pepper, garlic, and the other necessities of life. Here’s what I wind up with–my baseline foods, and a balance of $8.26 for the other items I need.
|Dry black beans||1.62 lbs||$ 1.09||$ 18.91|
|Flour tortillas||12||$ 0.98||$ 17.93|
|6-cheese blend||8 oz||$ 1.68||$ 16.25|
|Yukon Gold Potatoes||1.1 lbs||$ 0.98||$ 15.27|
|Serrano pepper||2||$ 0.11||$ 15.16|
|Yellow pepper||1||$ 0.12||$ 15.04|
|Braeburn Apples||1.11 lbs||$ 1.10||$ 13.94|
|Yellow onion||.75 lbs||$ 0.74||$ 13.20|
|Tomatoes||.75 lbs||$ 0.97||$ 12.23|
|Romaine lettuce||I bag||$ 1.78||$ 10.45|
|Nancy’s plain yogurt||1 quart||$ 2.19||$ 8.26|
It’s fairly obvious to me that there’s not going to be a lot of variety, but I really wanted to have some fresh foods and some active bacteria in the mix. Three things I still want to buy include brown rice, oatmeal, and a few eggs. The rice and oatmeal will be from the bulk foods section, of course, and unless I can buy 6 eggs for about .89, I’ll skip them. Some bread would also be nice, and I’ll have to see if I can afford to “buy” the bread I purchased last week for consumption during the food stamp challenge.
The other thing? Coffee! There’s no wiggle room for my Stumptown whole beans that I take to work for use in my French press.