Welcome to another monthly food expense report at the FAF family!
I am happy to announce that Mr. FAF successfully defended his dissertation in mid July and now has a new title: Dr. FAF (but I will still refer to him as Mr. FAF).
He will start his new job in the DC area in early August.
Mr. FAF came back to DC for good in the last week of July. Our July food expenses were mainly for my MIL, Baby FAF and me.
Mr. FAF came into the picture in the last 10 days of the month but made a HUGE impact on the budget. You will see how below.
If you missed my previous food expense reports, you can check them out below:
Food Expense Report – June 2017 – $467.21
Food Expense Report – May 2017 – $777.26
Food Expense Report – Apr 2017 – $80.39
Food Expense Report – Mar 2017 – $87.52
Food Expenses – July 2017: $511.93
WEEK 1 (July 1-9)
GROCERIES – $56.31
Costco – $56.31
Croissant & dinner rolls: We usually have these for breakfast.
Watermelon (half consumed) & bananas: These are our healthy desserts.
Cheerios: I later found out that the cereal was much sweeter for Baby FAF than the brand at Shoppers. I will probably just try to finish it.
Peanut butter: My MIL bought it to eat with the dinner rolls.
Lettuce: We usually eat the lettuce by itself.
Potatoes: My MIL usually steams it together with the rice in the rice cooker.
WHAT WE ATE AT HOME
From left to right: Braised potatoes (leftover from the previous day), chives stir-fried with eggs, salted tofu stir-fried with Chinese veggies, pork stir-fried with eggplant, tofu and veggie soup
Baby FAF’s packed lunch for daycare (tomato egg, pork & eggplant, seasoned tofu and veggies) & his dinner at home (chicken, pork, mushrooms, and veggies)
Baby FAF started going to an in-home daycare one week after he came back from China. The daycare is close to our house and cheaper than daycare centers. However, they don’t provide food or drinks, so I pack lunch and snacks for Baby FAF every day.
We didn’t eat out this week.
WEEK 2 (July 10-16)
GROCERIES – $65.6
Asian supermarket – $65.6
Vietnam chrysanthemum, apples, avocados, tofu, soy milk, eggs, bok choy, napa cabbage, chives, carrots, bell peppers, chayote, noodles, mushrooms, green peas, bean sprouts, okra, eggplant, cilantro, Chinese asparagus, taro, winter melon
WHAT WE ATE AT HOME
Pork stir-fried with onions, mushroom & tofu soup, pork stir-fried with veggies, chives stir-fried with bean sprouts
We got a huge bag of dumplings from Costco in June. My MIL and I decided to have some one weekend. The dumplings were much more flavorful than we expected. However, it didn’t seem to sit well in my stomach.
Boiled dumplings & homemade sauce (soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and garlic)
EATING OUT – $7.2
Asian food court – $7.2
My MIL bought some pork BBQ from an Asian food court. I count this as eating out because we didn’t make the food ourselves. My MIL said she bought it for me.
Pork BBQ (super delicious!)
WEEK 3 (July 17-23)
GROCERIES – $11.99
Wegmans – $11.99
Milk, bananas, eggs, and bread (the basics)
WHAT WE ATE AT HOME
Salted peanuts, tofu & veggie soup, stir-fried Chinese veggies, steamed potatoes & taro, pork stir-fried with potato and chickpeas, tomato mixed with sugar
We didn’t eat out or buy any take-out this week.
WEEK 4 (July 24-31)
GROCERIES – $235.83
Great Wall – $151.3
Mr. FAF bought a lot of groceries from the Great Wall in his city because the prices there are cheaper than in DC.
Mung beans, a tub of spicy oil king, Zuki beans, soy beans, green onions, garlic, ginger, chives, red beans & green beans
100 lbs of Jasmine rice ($28.99 for a bag of 50 lbs)
We upgraded from Costco rice to Jasmine rice since Mr. FAF’s starting a new job and bringing in more income. I’ve always loved Jasmine rice, but we were on a budget and ate Costco rice instead. We usually buy rice in bulk because it’s cheaper than the small bags.
Costco – $72.5
Lettuce, grapefruit, apples, croissant, watermelon (half consumed), whole milk, eggs, dinner rolls
Shoppers & other – $12.03
Vietnamese aquatica & bananas
Mr. FAF bought some aquatica from a Vietnamese family in his city for my MIL to grow in our backyard. However, the aquatica doesn’t come with the roots, so we decided to eat it instead. We bought some bananas from Shoppers for Baby FAF to eat as an afternoon snack at daycare.
WHAT WE ATE AT HOME
The dishes below were prepared by my MIL and Mr. FAF. On Friday afternoon, Mr. FAF told me to go home early. I asked him why, and he said he was making my favorite fried pork dish. Needless to say, I tried to get home as quickly as I could.
Pork stir-fried with pork, Vietnamese aquatica stir-fried with Garlic, steamed egg, tofu & veggie soup, chives noodles, edamame stir-fried with pickle, and fried pork (my favorite)
EATING OUT – $135
Chinese buffet – $115
After my MIL came to DC, she has gotten close with an older Chinese couple in our community. They’ve helped us a lot, especially when Mr. FAF wasn’t in DC. They took my MIL grocery shopping and kept my MIL company when I was at work and Baby FAF was at daycare.
We took the couple and their son to a Chinese buffet on Sunday to thank them for their help. It was the seven of us: the couple, their son, my MIL, Mr. FAF, Baby FAF and me. The buffet was $15/person. Baby FAF could eat for free. It was one of the best Chinese buffets we’ve had so far.
Baby FAF and I ate all of the food shown below.
Shrimp, crab, fried chicken drumstick, clams, crab cake, wonton soup, mussels, Beijing roasted duck, teriyaki chicken, corn, bun, and apple pie
Sushi & dessert (flan, coconut cheesecake, mango, watermelon, blueberries)
Although Mr. FAF came back to DC and added almost 50% of the food costs, I’m glad that our family is now finally together under one roof.
After we settle down, we will keep track of our food budget more carefully. For now, we will enjoy being together after all those years of being apart.
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