This blog is part of a series that followed my journey of eating vegan on a budget for an entire month. My goal was to only spend $15 per person for a family of four each week. This left me with a grocery budget of $60 per week. I was allowed to use any items already in my refrigerator or my pantry to accomplish this goal.
Okay. Here is my looooong overdue wrap-up of my month long experience living on a $60 a week food budget. The whole process was really eye-opening. During my third week on the budget, I stayed within the $60 by a couple of dollars (either over or under… I LOST SOME OF THOSE RECEIPTS!!!…). However, I caught a really bad cold that week. It was difficult to keep track of everything while I was sick. I was sick enough to want to curl up in bed for about five days. I did not get to do that. I think I got to live on the couch for a day. So, staying near budget was a great feat considering my condition. I only wish I knew how well I did. All of those receipts probably got lost with my cloud of crumple tissues.
On week four of my budget, I went WAY over budget. The amount over was about ten dollars. To me, that was extremely high, but I accepted it for what it was. My scenario went something like this:
Laney: Mom… I like hummus with pretzles, now.
Me: What???!!?? Really?.. Okay. Let me buy the largest tub I can find.
Then, off to Costco I went.
So, you see. I really had no choice, I was under the influence of my children. For our fourth week, we had some really delightful meals. There were some ingredients that came directly from my pantry and some fresh items from the grocery store. Pantry items included: pasta (of different shapes and sizes), vital wheat gluten (for making seitan), flour (for pizza dough), fried onions (for barbeque pizza), and canned beans for chili. We were also still taking advantage of our backyard garden. Our garden was still giving us zucchinis and tomatoes.
Take a looksee of the dinners that I prepared for week four: