Here’s the quick update for the last two weeks of September. I think that this will be the last time I blog through one of these, as this really isn’t a personal finance blog. And it seems that we get derailed around week 3 or 4 every. single. time.
There were several rounds of sickness the last two and half weeks of September. The Norseman went on a business trip one of those weeks, and I spent another one of those weeks trying to catch up on all that was behind. Needless to say, we failed the challenge. It sort of just got pushed to the side. At any rate, we did sign up for eMeals on the advice of a friend, and liked it well enough. It certainly got us eating more vegetables.
When all was tallied up, we spent just over $700 on food last month. I crunched numbers again this month, trying to forecast a better possible number, and instead came up with a food cost of $840. Obviously, that didn’t work out as planned!
Some thoughts and a way forward for October:
- Perhaps, with managing so many food allergies, it just isn’t possible to reduce the budget below $700/month. That would be quite sad for our monthly savings goal, but people do need to eat, and to eat healthily.
- I went down a rabbit hole, as often happens with the interwebs (family joke, I mean internet) and stumbled across a new blog, Like Mother, Like Daughter. I will be trying her recommendations on meal planning for October. Watch Instagram for further details on how that goes.
- A couple of things I’m trying, food-wise: picking up at least one rotisserie chicken from Wal-mart, weekly. Prep lunches the night before, either in lunch boxes or on plates. Make up some chicken & tuna salad at the beginning (or end) of the week for quick lunch and snacks. Make sure that we have yogurt of some kind, always.
That’s all. Keeping it simple. Hopefully October is relatively illness-free for all of us.