Project Minimizing: Grocery Budget Week 1

I honestly thought it would not be that difficult to walk into a store with a budget, get solely what was on my list and walk out. I did not realize, until yesterday, that over the past year, I have developed the not so great habit of adding to my grocery list as I walk through the store. I always have a detailed list of what I want to buy, but pretty displays of fruits or sale items have played to my weaknesses and tend to end up in my basket.

I am sort of embarrassed to say that I had a hard time sticking to that $30/week. I was buying everything I needed, but was walking past quite a few “wants”, which was hard! I went to two different stores and ended up spending $32.15. Now, although I feel that this was an okay first try,  I cannot count it as a success. It just shows me I have some more work to do, but I know it is work that will be far more fulfilling than an extra bag of popcorn ; )

Here is what I purchased:

– Organic Quick Oats (3 lb bag)
– Organic Soy milk
– Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (the 365 brand was the cheapest)
– Organic Almonds
– 2 grapefruits
– 3 organic peaches (on the dirt dozen list)
– 3 lemons
– 1/3 lb brazil nuts
– 1 yellow onion

– 1 cantaloupe

Now I know this does not seem like a lot, but the oats, soy milk and vinegar will last for several weeks, so this week was more like a “staple” shopping week. I buy fruit weekly, so this is pretty reflective of that. I have a ton of frozen vegetables, beans, eggs, etc. already, so I am going to use those up before I buy anything else. From the groceries I purchased along with ingredients I already had, I have been able to make:

– 13 Wheat biscuits (I froze 1/2)
– 1 loaf rosemary bread (I froze 1/2)
– 16 rolls (made with a new sweet and nutty bread recipe)
I’ll post the recipe to this Cinnamon Coconut Nut Bread soon so stay tuned! (I think I can do better…will post when I have fine-tuned the recipe)
– Candied pecans
Vegetable soup Moroccan lentil stew
Experimental Cantaloupe mint gummies
– Prune/date dessert balls
– Aduki bean brownie bars with craisins

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