Last week, we talked about our goal to only use $100 to pay for all of our grocery expenses for the month of July, 2012. We’re staying on track so far, but it’s been tough!
Last Week’s Expenses
During the first week of July, we spent only $15 on groceries, actually staying below our $20 minimum! Here are the basics of our grocery trip last week (which is still providing lunches and dinners via leftovers!):
- 10 lbs of Zucchini (hey, it was on sale for 50 cents a pound!)
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Green onions
- Brown onions
- Chicken thighs
- Coconut Milk
The chicken thighs and 10 lbs of zucchini cost about $5 each, but the rest of the veggies were around 50 cents each, which totaled into about $15. Our fridge was full to the brim, and our budget was shrunk with 5 dollars to spare, but what were we going to do with all this food?
Last Week’s Menus
We ate lots of omelets, scrambles, curry, chef’s salad, and chicken salad. The following day after our first grocery trip, I boiled the chicken. Once it was done cooking, I picked the meat off (for only 5 or 6 thighs, I had a huge mountain of meat which we were still eating on Monday of this week in the form of curry soup and chicken salad) and put some frozen onion, zucchini, and broccoli bits into the pot with the bones and boiled chicken water, cooked it for a few hours, and it turned into a delicious broth. I strained out the bones and bits, added coconut milk, curry seasonings, chopped onion and garlic, and a huge pile of grated zucchini. I let it cook for another half an hour before adding chopped chicken and putting it on the table for dinner. I used the rest of the chicken to sprinkle on salads with tomato and onion, and for chicken salad with celery and pickle.
Keep reading to see how we did this week!