Many of you noted that we had bought so many groceries in September and asked if we could finish them all.
The answer is that we couldn’t.
Mr. FAF stocked up on so much food and stored them in the fridge.
We have two fridges in the kitchen, so that might be one reason why we just keep buying more stuff without even realizing they were getting packed.
After the first week in October, we realized that we had so much veggies and frozen meat, and that some of the veggies were starting to go bad.
We were caught in a dilemma. On the one hand, we are frugal and don’t want to waste food.
On the other hand, eating rotten veggies also poses health risks.
We didn’t buy any groceries at all in the second week of October.
Mr. FAF has also been more conscious about buying less food. And our food expenses have gone down by 50%.
We will see if we can maintain this level of food spending and maybe even lower it even more.
I really hope that we will. I’m all about saving money and not wasting food.
If you missed my previous food expense reports, you can check them out below:
September 2017 Food Expense Report – $1,106.2 (I know!)
August 2017 Food Expense Report – $844.26
April 2017 Food Expense Report – $80.39
March 2017 Food Expense Report – $87.52
October 2017 Food Expenses: $487.9
WEEK 1 (Oct 1-8) – $208
GROCERIES – $146
Vietnamese store – $73.81
Chinese veggie roots, dried fotu skin, water chestnuts, cucumbers, salted duck eggs, bean sprouts, cilantro, bell peppers, enoki mushrooms, clear noodles, water melons, radish, smoked pork, tomatoes, bok choy, and green beans
Chinese veggie roots, eggplant, mackerel, Asian pears, tofu, string beans, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and jalapeno
Costco – $39.5
Apples, eggs, potatoes, bananas, croissant, and dinner rolls
Asian supermarket – $12.01
Hoisin sauce, tomatoes, dates, apples, longan, chives, and noodles
Safeway – $6.84
Mandarins and bananas
Target cereal – $6.58
I bought two boxes of Cheerios for Baby FAF to eat as snacks.
Wegmans – $6.70
My MIL bought chives, Chinese broccoli, and bananas.
WHAT WE ATE AT HOME
Lettuce, tofu and cilantro soup, egg & onions, chives, cucumber salad, pork stir-fried with string beans, and glass noodles
EATING OUT – $33.82
BBQ pork takeout – $6.93
Grandma FAF likes BBQ pork from the Vietnamese grocery store, so she bought some for the family.
Meatball sub & French fries – $28.20
One of my colleagues was transferred to our field office in Asia, so I took her out to lunch.
Beef meatball sub & French fries
Fried chicken sandwiches – $15.89
I went out to lunch with my colleagues as a farewell party for our co-worker, who was moving away.
Mr. FAF’s Chinese buffet – $11
Mr. FAF eats out with his colleague once a week.
WEEK 2 (Oct 9-15) – $10.5
GROCERIES – $0
We didn’t buy groceries for this week because we had so much food in the fridge and pantry. I was really happy to see our grocery expenses for week 2 went all the way down to $0.
I don’t want our family to starve, but it’s nice to see a super low food budget sometimes.
WHAT WE ATE AT HOME
Napa cabbage soup, egg and chives, pork stir-fried with onions, stir-fried cauliflower, and steamed yam
EATING OUT – $10.5
Mr. FAF’s Chinese buffet – $10.5
Mr. FAF went out to eat with his colleague.
WEEK 3 (Oct 16-22) – $127.36
GROCERIES – $73.58
Good Fortune – $46.3
Tofu, spiced tofu, zucchini, green peas, mandarins, dried tofu skin, and noodles
Pork bones and shimp
Costco – $2.78
Bananas as snacks for our family
Giant – $4.5
Bananas & milk
Great Wall – $20.00
Mr. FAF bought some noodles & veggies from Great Wall on his way to running errands.
WHAT WE ATE AT HOME
Pork stir-fried with edamame, steamed yam, tofu skin stir-fried with veggies, braised mackerel, and tomato and egg drop soup
EATING OUT – $53.78
Sushi and seaweed – $34.7
Mr. FAF and I went to a Halloween potluck. We didn’t wear a costume, but Mr. FAF dressed up as a baby lion, a costume we got from Target for $25.
Mung bean slush & Buble green tea – $9.08
Mr. FAF went out with his friend and got bubble tea for both. His friend treated Mr. FAF to lunch that day.
Lei’s Chinese buffet – $10
Mr. FAF had a weekly lunch date with his male colleague.
WEEK 4 (Oct 23-31) – $142.02
GROCERIES – $102.57
Green peas, Chinese veggies, napa cabbage, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggs, seaweed, zucchini, radish, carrots, chives, baby bok choy, and mandarins
Pork bones, shrimp, fish balls, bean sprouts, cabbage, napa cabbage, Chinese veggies, tofu knots, bananas, and yam
WHAT WE ATE AT HOME
Pickle cabbage, shrimp, eggplant, tofu skin stir-fried with veggies and mushrooms, and braised mackerel
EATING OUT – $39.45
BBQ pork – $16
My MIL and Mr. FAF bought some BBQ pork from the Vietnamese food court for the family. I think this might be one of my MIL’s favorites (I haven’t confirmed with her yet).
The meat is juicy, and the skin is roasted to the point where it has lost most of the fat and is very crunchy and flavorful.
Honey ginger tea – $3.45
I went to a Meetup event and got a honey ginger tea. It was good, but I think I can make it at home for less than $1.
After seeing our food budget go through the roof in September ($1,106.2), I am glad that it has gone down to below $500. I was literally holding my breath every time Mr. FAF came back from a grocery trip to see what the final bill was.
We had talked about trying to keep our food expenses down. Although Mr. FAF said everything was ok, I could tell from his facial expression that he also thought we needed to lower our food budget.
He’s bought fewer groceries and is more conscious about not eating out as much. When he eats out, he usually picks inexpensive restaurants.
Mr. FAF doesn’t go to a bar or a club to drink. He also doesn’t have any expensive hobby. I am fine with him eating out once or twice a week as a form of entertainment. After all, he brings his lunch to work and eats dinner at home almost every day.
I hope that our food expenses next month will also stay around $500. Stay tuned!
How was your food budget last month? The holiday season is here with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner. Do you have any plans to keep your food expenses down on those special holidays?
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