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$22 bucks for food for the rest of the month....

October 15th, 2009 at 04:00 pm

So, every day I have been crunching the numbers (it appears I should have been doing this more often!), and it seems that I will have $22 remaining for food for the rest of the month for 2 people. Hmm.

Now, I have rice, veggies, and some protein. The protein I have I think, could last a week, in terms of dinners.

The rice, I think, total, could last the remaining two weeks.

I know that only in America could I say this, but I think my budget is making me fat. Needless to say that my focusing on price and fullness factor per serving, versus nutritional benefits, has left me a bit larger than previously. I was shocked to learn that I somehow gained 7 lbs in 1 month! Yikes! Now because of the doctor stuff, it could be retaining water, etc. Sigh. I am not a happy camper about that.

My bf made a good dinner last night and I really appreciate it. It was enough for dinner, without any left overs, so I ended up buying my breakfast and lunch today. I hate spending money because of poor planning (in this case i was too tired to cook anything and wanted to leave enough food so that my bf could have something to eat for breakfast). So, I scoured the aisles of a local mini-mart (no supermarkets are open near my job in the a.m) and ended up finding something that will keep me somewhat full for two meals, with a total cost of $4.30 cents. Now, is it the healthiest option? Yes, and no. There are a lot of carbs, but also a good amount of protein....it is just missing some veggies, and is probably sky high in preservaties, sodium, and fat. Sigh.

I was shopping the other day, and I really just wanted to buy stuff for a salad---lettuce, chicken, maybe a little cheese. Not much. But even with the price tag for those items, I was thinking more about how much meat I could buy that could be used for a meal that has at least 4 servings.....I try to cook food that can last at least 2 days, with 4 servings. My bf and I are very hearty eaters, so having 1 hot pocket for lunch just isn't going to do it.

On another note, my shoes have been...well....apalling lately. I have a pair of shoes that go well with my dressier clothes, but they are so worn out that I have to make sure not to let people see the bottoms of them. My bf wants to get me shoes, regardless of the cost. It is hard for me to just automatically say yes, cause I know how hard it is for him to manage his budget. But, I agreed to get the shoes, provided that all of the other bills are paid.

This budget thing and eating what I am eating is making me a bit irritable, but, all I can do is just try to stay on track as best as possible, and avoid, at any cost, going into my savings.

On a positive note, my 401k is rebounding and climbing higher and higher to being the amount it was before the recession. Woo hoo!!

5 Responses to “$22 bucks for food for the rest of the month....”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I found what looks like an interesting series of articles on low-carb eating on a budget. Hopefully this has something useful for you:
    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarbliving/a/lowcarbbudget.htm

  2. thebestmeicanbe Says:

    Thank you so much for the link! I will check it out asap. Smile

  3. Mooshocker Says:

    Pasta! Pasta! and more Pasta till the end of the month. Pasta with butter; pasta with canned sauce; pasta with burger. God bless.

    PS - Go back to college and stock up on Ramen Noodles. LOL.

  4. nanda603 Says:

    Canned beans are inexpensive and a great protein, black are my favorite. I mix them with rice, a tomato,a little seasoning and wrap it all in a tortilla.

  5. HELPmeFriend Says:

    Ramen noodles are awesome. Beans are a great addition to rice. If you have an Aldi's around your house, stock up on some canned goods there for less than $10

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