Project: Food Budget Wrap Up

This iteration of Project: Food Budget has come to a close, and I’ve learned a few things over the course of the last three months: -I can keep up with a weekly blog schedule! Who knew? -It is pretty awesome to have things you know you need monthly just show up on your doorstep. Amazon Subscribe and Save is my friend. -Running into the store “just for a…” at the last minute is never a good idea. Ever. -We could stand to plan more. In fact, we should plan more. Especially in those this-week-is-going-to-be-insane-and-I-will-want-a-quality-meal-but-won’t-want-to-cook-it moments. -Spending less than $100 at […]

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Project: Food Budget 12

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $264.47 Giant Eagle $90.27 Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance $38.84 Costco $135.36 So, um, yeah. Totally doing the budget learning thing backward. There’s some last minute “we need chocolate for camping” purchases made there and some unsanctioned snacks purchased at Costco by N. Let me be clear that unsanctioned does mean they were not totally delicious.  But overall, I think I’m learning that the bulk protein purchases we did prior to PFB, made a huge difference and we should probably do that again. We do have some random cuts left. There are beef bones for […]

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Project: Food Budget 11

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $189.17 $51.08 Amazon $51.87 Marty’s Market $86.22 Giant Eagle So, I’m doing the opposite of what I think should happen with a project like this. I should’ve started out way out of whack with my budget and then progressively learned over the course of the weeks to reign things in. Instead, I was totally on my game the whole time until this last month where I’ve been over budget every week. The Amazon purchases are stocking up on things that awhile and the Marty’s purchase was special stuff to go see friends this weekend.  The real zinger […]

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Project: Food Budget 10

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $262.62 $86.70 Thrive Market $122.42 Costco $53.50 Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance The primary purpose of this trip to Costco so near to the last one was to buy more nuts to make fat bombs so we could take photos and post the fat bomb recipe before the end of July. Someone forgot the nuts. So, we’ll work on that and get that recipe posted soon. The big time splurges this week were at Thrive Market, re-upping our supply of MCT Oil, Epic Bars, and for the first time trying some collagen. Thankfully, all of […]

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Project: Food Budget 9

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $140.03 Giant Eagle $53.39 Swissvale Farmer’s Market $10 Marty’s Market $76.64 The hallmark of this week was heading to the Swissvale Farmer’s Market for the first time. It’s been down the street from our house for two years, and we just got around to it.  As a friend I saw down there said, it could probably stand a name change to something like Swissvale Saturday Market. The farm part was not the most prominent among the vendors. But still it was a lovely afternoon stop where we grabbed peaches, nectarines, cucumbers and fresh squeezed […]

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Project: Food Budget 8

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $200.58 Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance $41.24 Costco $159.34 Well, N went to Costco. And as I predicted, that took the weekly budget out of whack.  I could feel grumbly about this, but after 7 weeks of being under budget, we had $226.39 that we budgeted but didn’t spend. So, I’m still calling this a win and then some because we still have unspent budget hanging over. The Costco trip was necessary to load up on laundry and dish detergent, which we count in our budget. While there, we tend to grab bits of everything. The […]

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Project: Food Budget 7

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $102.83 Giant Eagle $82.03 Amazon $20.80 Wow. We’re still under budget. We are also still eating a lot of pork because we bought pork, and that’s all we have left. There’s still a few random cuts of beef too, including soup bones, but who is making soup in this heat? Not us. I know we have a big ole’ beef liver down there too. Who has ideas on what to do with that? I know organ meat is super good for you, so we don’t want just to leave it down there to die of […]

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Project: Food Budget 6

Weekly Budget $125 Actual $ Spent $118.36 Giant Eagle $118.36 There’s actually a transaction in there from last week that I missed. Biggest splurge of the week was ice cream. If you are wondering, ice cream is most certainly not keto. When I’m “being good” and off of sugar (not just processed sugar, ALL sugar) life is so easy breezy and I can eat a piece of fruit or dark chocolate now and again without wigging out.  But a few too many “now and agains” and I’m fully on the sugar hamster wheel and I need allthesugarallthetime. This week marks a […]

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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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