Well today starts my #cleanseyourlifechallenge!! Woot woot!
Here is my first week's shopping haul and GUYS. I went over budget. However, I don't think all is lost. For example, the two cheese blocks I bought will last me much longer than a week (I shredded the mozzarella and it gave me 5 1/2 quart size bags so that will last us MONTHS), the wheat bread for my husband will also last way longer than a week (probably the whole month!), as will the quinoa, olives, frozen fruits, and juice (which I bought to make homemade jello). The chips were a compromise - I probably wouldn't have bought them but my husband really wanted them :) I bought as much organic as I could, making compromises on the cheese. Normally, I would splurge for organic cheese (and I did splurge for the Tillamook white cheddar in order to avoid annatto coloring), but it just wasn't in the budget, obviously. There were probably items that could have been found cheaper at another store, however, I only wanted to make one trip. Spending a slightly higher amount is worth saving a trip, to me. However, maybe I'm going to have to nix that attitude if I want to stay on budget.
Here's what I bought and the price for each item. I shopped at Costco, obvi. There are a couple more things I need to purchase, but I will save those for the end of the week and estimate it'll only be $5-10.
Tillamook White Cheddar $10.79
Quinoa $14.79 (4 lbs)
Cucumbers $3.29 (3 count)
Organic Spinach $3.99 (1 lb)
Organic Zucchini/Yellow Squash $6.49 (3.5 lbs)
Organic Frozen Mangoes $9.69
Romaine Lettuce $3.49 (6 heads)
Organic Gala Apples $8.49 (5ish pounds)
Mixed Bell Peppers $5.99 (6 count)
Brussels Sprouts $4.29 (2 lbs)
Organic Tortilla Chips $4.79
Organic Bananas $1.99
Organic Eggs $6.99/each (18 count, x2)
Unsweetened Almond Milk $7.59 (3 count)
Frozen Strawberries $9.99
Avocados $4.99 (6 count)
Organic Wheat Bread $6.99 (2 loaves)
Organic Chicken Thighs $18.27 ($4.49/lb)
Organic Avocado Hummus $5.99 (large tub)
Organic Peaches $9.99
Olives $8.99 (8 cans)
Mozzarella $12.99 (6 lbs)
Juice $5.99 (2 large bottles)
The GRAND TOTAL was $189.42. <Insert scrunchy emoji here>
UPDATE: I purchased some raw milk to make yogurt.
Raw, grassfed milk $8.29 (1 gallon)
Starter culture $1.69
WEEK ONE TOTAL: $199.70
So, the remaining three weeks will have a budget of $100...can I do it??
Like I mentioned earlier, some of these things are not weekly purchases and will last the entire month. I'm hoping that because of that, my other week's purchases can be under $100 to make up for my overage this week. Yes there were some splurges, like the juice, corn chips, and peaches (but it's peach season, waaaaahhh!).
Here are some of my honest thoughts:
- I hate budgeting. There, I said it. As I walked through Costco, knowing my total would definitely be over $125, I could honestly feel my blood pressure rising!!! $500 might not be feasible for my family, and if it's not, I'm okay with that. I know that even if I spend over that, I will DEFINITELY be spending less than we normally do and THAT right there is a victory!
- I love food and it was REALLY hard not to buy the things I usually do when I'm not thinking about budget. For example, I wanted to buy some coconut water but it was like $18.99 for the box. Normally I would just get it, justifying that we need it because it's healthy and we like it in smoothies. Trying to stick to a budget doesn't allow for those kinds of luxuries, and that annoyed me!
- I feel super anxious and nervous about sticking to $500. But I am glad I'm documenting this because I would probably get overwhelmed and give up. Since I'm putting this out into the open, I am held more accountable and am definitely going to have to keep going even though it'd be easier to fall back into old patterns.
- Even though I spent over my goal amount this week, I felt a sense of victory!! I spent a few hours prepping and cutting everything and that made me feel like some sort of wonder woman! I NEVER prep my food and as a result, we waste a lot of produce :( I felt kind of triumphant getting everything ready (although my hardboiled eggs were a fail and I have NO idea why, so I wasted 18 eggs!!). There is definitely a sense of pride and empowerment that comes from trying really hard and I like that feeling.
So now the trick for this week will be sticking to my meal plan. See my post HERE for what I plan to feed my family this week and get a FREE printable download if you'd like! And, don't forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook where I'll be posting more of my daily journey with this!
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