Day 3 we spent a total of $24.08 on food. We actually did it. We were under our $24.85/day budget. However it meant Jeff skipped breakfast, we ate leftovers and we did not have enough dinner for all of us.
Here’s how Day 3 broke down…
Breakfast – The shorties (CJ & Kylie had french toast sticks again…..you would thing they’d be sick of that by now) Jeff didn’t eat breakfast today, Quinn had a peanut butter sandwich instead of a smoothie and I had a bowl of cereal– $3.85
No morning snack again today so that also saved us a bit – seems like that has to go if we have any hope of staying on track.
As it turns out Jack didn’t finish the box of pasta yesterday…he did today for lunch – which was great for the budget- $0
Jeff had leftovers from dinner, also good for the budget. $0
I had $.20 can a of chili- $.20
Afterschool snack – $5.50
Jack and CJ had cereal, $1.50 ( 1 bowl of cereal each with milk – box of cereal $1.99, gallon of milk $2.19)
CJ also had Special K crackers – $2.00
Quinn is on a field trip for school for the next two days and not here but we’ll act as if she is and add $2 for her after school snack. Just to keep us honest.
Dinner – $11.28
CJ had a baseball game and I didn’t want to blow a bunch of cash at the concessions. I decided to bring dinner to the park. Jack helped me make the chicken nuggets and burned himself which led to him dropping the tray full of nuggets. We lost 1/2 of the bag. Based on our budget for the week this is almost a tragedy. We made the rest of the bag which was enough for Jack, Jeff and Kylie. CJ was playing baseball so he didn’t get any and I sacrificed my chicken nuggets for the good of my family. – $3.99 for the bag
I also brought chips – $1.79 for the bag, a bag of apples but only Jeff and I ate apples – $1.00 and 4 packs of fruit snacks for the kids ($1.00), ketchup ($.50), water (I filled up bottles so that was free) and 3 diet cokes ($3.00)
Here’s a pic of our gourmet dinner:
Cj had a yogurt when he got home and he was given a Gatorade and chips at the game. $2.50. And I made up for my chicken nuggets sacrifice with a bowl of cereal $.75.
We now have only $73. 71 left for the 4 days left in the week. At this point it is clear that we are not going to make the entire week within our budget. I have realized that I stock up on enough things that I don’t have to spend over $175 each week because at least once a month I do spend more. That stocking up shopping trip allows me to spend less than $175 the other weeks …what these few days have taught me is that if I didn’t have the ability to stock up monthly, I’d be screwed.