In order to keep track of my food expenses, I have started a monthly food expense report series. A few things to note:
— I currently do not live together with Mr. FAF and Baby FAF (only temporarily). My food expenses below are therefore counted as a single-person budget.
— Sometimes I buy food that will last for a couple of weeks or months (i.e. rice, salt, oil). But I will just count the purchase towards the month when I buy it.
— You might see great variation from week to week. The expenses might be really high for one week but extremely low for another. It’s because I don’t meal plan and just buy what I need. If it’s something I will eat at some point in the future (i.e. sesame rice balls, dumplings, sesame pancake), it’s usually frozen or packaged for a long shell life.
— Mr. FAF and I have gotten our grocery shopping to (almost) a science where we know exactly what we usually use for our cooking, so the food rarely goes to waste.
Food Expenses – Apr 2017: $80.39
Week 2 ($47.84)
This will last me for at least 2 weeks.
Canned black beans (2): $1.5 ($0.75/can) – I will use use it with boiled eggs & rice for work lunch.
Canned garbanzo beans (2): $1.5 ($0.75/can) – I will use use it with boiled eggs & rice for work lunch.
Quaker life cereal (2): $4 ($2 each) – It was on sale for $2 each (originally $3.19). I usually eat it with soy milk for breakfast.
10 lb Russet potato (1): $5.49 – I will use it for soup or make some french fries in the oven.
Cucumber (4): $2.76 ($0.69 each) – I usually eat it raw as a salad.
Cabbage (1): $2.85 ($0.69/lb) – I will either stir-fry it or put it in soup.
Strawberries (2): $4.99 (buy 1 get 1 free) – For dessert.
Bananas: $2.41 ($0.49/lb) – For dessert.
French bread (1): $1.79 – I like French bread. I love the smell of it. I’ll just eat it by itself or with canned tuna.
Apple pie (1): $4.99 – I think this second apple pie will put an end to my craving, and I’ll be off apple pie for months.
Rossetti chicken (1): $4.99 – I love the drumsticks and the wings. It’s so juicy and flavorful. I’ll just shred the rest and eat it with rice for dinner for the whole week.
30 large eggs: $4.95 – I usually boil 10 eggs each week and eat 2 for lunch every day.
Vanila yogurt tubs (2): $4.78 ($2.39 each) – I love yogurt. I’ll eat it by itself or with strawberries/bananas.
Week 3 ($6.87)
Bananas (6): $1.34 ($0.49/lb) – I eat one banana with lunch and sometimes dinner.
Cucumber (3): $2.37 ($0.79/each) – I usually eat raw cucumber with lunch and sometimes dinner.
Honey dew melon: $2.99 – For lunch and/or dinner.
I’m trying to eat up all the food in the freezer and pantry before Mr. FAF comes back to visit early May.
Week 4 ($3.58)
This is not really a grocery item, and I feel a bit guilty about it. I went to the mall yesterday to see if they had any big summer sales. It was 92 F degrees in DC yesterday. I took a 30 minute walk to the mall. By the time I got there, I just couldn’t stop thinking about ice-cream. I craved it so much I didn’t really want to look at clothes anymore.
I had 3 options:
1. Try to forget about the ice-cream and move on going, which I couldn’t do because I hadn’t had any ice-cream for at least 3-4 months and couldn’t resist the craving (frugal fail!).
2. Buy Haagen-Dazs from the food court, which I didn’t want to do because a small ice-cream cone there was about $5.
3. Get ice-cream from a nearby grocery store for cheaper.
I chose option #3 since there’s a Target near the mall.
Week 3 ($13.13)
I went to explore King Street – Old Town in DC and came across a Vietnamese restaurant. Although I was planning to go home and eat dinner. I decided to live a little and enjoyed this delicious banh my and taro bubble tea. I hadn’t eaten out in a month, so I felt pretty good about this decision.
Grilled pork sandwich: $6
Taro bubble tea: $4.5
I know for a fact that I can get them for half the price in another city, but I guess that’s what I have to pay in DC. I’m sure the restaurant has to pay a ridiculous amount for rent in King Street-Old Town.
You can read more about this trip here. It was an enjoyable weekend with beautiful weather, great scenery, and delicious food.
Week 4 ($8.97)
A colleague invited me to a ceremony with her after work. She suggested having dinner together before we went to the event. We decided to go to Chipotle. I got a steak burrito for $8.97. The chicken burrito was about $1 cheaper, but it usually doesn’t sit well in my stomach for some reason.
It was another month of low food expenses. I ate out twice in April compared to once in March, but the total’s $7.12 less than last month, so I’m happy about that.