Project: Food Budget 5 – The “I’m on Vacation” Edition

As previously mentioned, I’m on vacation. In fact, as this post is becoming live and entering the lands of Facebook, Twitter and other such disseminators of blog content, I’m on my way home from vacation. I’ve walked along the beach and dipped my toes in the water. I’ve hiked above and down to the beach (via a trail that I now know was closed, and for good reason – story to come later) in humidity free weather. I’ve eaten fresh food, floated in the pool and soaked up the sun. And now I’m coming home to humidity, probably lots of rain, and work. […]

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Project: Food Budget 4

Another successful week in food budget land, despite overdrawing my account and being a complete and utter failure in the land of overall budgeting. Ugh. Weekly Budget: $125 Actual $ Spent: $96.21 Amazon $68.97 Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance $27.24 Our purchases at Amazon were restocking MCT Oil (another keto staple) and testing out a bulk order of coffee from a new roaster. In our constant effort to save money, we are considering a subscribe and save order of the aforementioned coffee for daily use and reserving our beloved Commonplace brews for more indulgent purposes.  But, of course, N and I are coffee snobs, […]

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Project: Food Budget 3

Budgetary success woohoo! Fun! Fast forward to my enthusiasm waning once we make a Costco trip. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Weekly Budget: $125 Actual $ Spent: $103.75 Amazon $20.80 Giant Eagle $57.15 Commonplace Coffee $25.80 The biggest splurge of the week was $20.80 for coconut oil. The good news is this container is 54oz and should last approximately a month.  Because someone asked in a comment on the last post, my uses for coconut oil are myriad and sundry. I use it as a nightly facial moisturizer mixed with some pure lavender essential oil. N […]

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Project: Food Budget 2

It was an odd week, but a week where I think we didn’t blow the budget – yay for succeeding to get things started. Weekly Budget: $125 Actual $ Spent: $92.25 Trader Joe’s $21.44 Marty’s Market $73.81 Success! I credit this success largely to a Costco trip prior to the beginning of this project that has us well stocked with various staple items, as well as the large portions of meat in our freezer. Trader Joe’s was an odd diversion for us.  I usually make a snack for a regular meeting I had to go to Tuesday evening. Because we’d […]

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What I’m Reading 2

As I mentioned in the first of this series, I read quite a bit. My reading materials vary from books, blogs, and other articles. I’m still reading the same book. I’ve had a slow couple of weeks with that one. I find it to be a fascinating topic, but I also find it harder to stay engaged with books that are non-narrative. I love a good story! Why the Sustainability Myth is just as destructive as the Overhead Myth Nonprofit With Balls is a newly discovered blog on my list and I seriously love it.  There are not a whole lot of […]

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Project: Food Budget – Let’s Do This!

I am both excited and nervous to participate in Project: Food Budget.  After the lovely Emily Levenson said she was starting it up after swearing she never would again, I thought about how powerful the experience must be for her to come back to it.  And, honestly, food spending has been a major thorn in my side for quite some time.  N and I have done some great work over the last couple of years to reign in our expenses trying to pay down some pretty horrifying credit card debt. (I am a recovering credit card junkie!) But even though we’ve […]

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