The last few months we've had a surplus in our account for various reasons and I have literally been living with no budget. Very weird but nice :)
Now that we have used up the extra money when purchasing our home, having a baby and all kinds of other expenses, we are now back to having a regular budget :) Don't get the wrong idea, we're not scrimping and are certainly blessed, but it just means I have a certain amount of money to work with now.
The main area I can help with this is in meals. I cooked so many beans and rice meals when we were scrimping that I came to loathe them while pregnant. So I have virtually cooked almost no beans and little rice in the last 9-10months. We just got burned out I suppose. Looking back I'm pretty amazed at how I stretched our food budget. The grace of God huh?
Yesterday I worked pretty hard and was able to buy our food, including things from the health food store for about $130. That sounds like a lot huh? I used to have to keep it under $100 or much less at times. I'm getting better that I was though. I'm trying to get back into making things from scratch, which definitely cuts the food bill.
Our menu, not including breakfast and lunch:
Monday- you saw that, chicken, rice, raw veggie salad
Tuesday- homemade sloppy joe on sprouted wheat buns, fresh corn on the cob and cole slaw
Wednesday- sprouted lentil/veggie soup, cheddar biscuits and jello salad
Thursday- shepherd's pie, salad, green beans
Friday- bbq chicken legs, oven fries, leftover slaw
Saturday- pizza and salad
Sunday- leftovers or ramen
Monday- salmon cakes, rice, broccoli
Tuesday- spaghetti and meatballs (frozen meatballs I bought awhile back) salad, garlic bread
Breakfast choices are: yogurt with homemade granola, homemade banana muffins, instant oatmeal packets or microwaveable sausage biscuits
Lunch is hit and miss right now...working on it- the girls generally take a sandwich on whole wheat bread, some raw veggies or fruit, something crunchy and salty or a sweet treat like a granola bar and a juice box.
So I bought 2+lbs of ground beef, 1lb ground turkey, and 1 large package of chicken legs, plus 1 can of salmon and a package of breakfast sausage links for my dh. I will make this for breakfast Saturday with eggs and stuff. Being the man he is he really likes a hefty breakfast when we have time, and since he's the only man in the house, I must honor that one thing and have mercy on him, lol.
I'm actually looking forward to using beans again and trying new things. I miss being a good innovative cook- she's been hibernating for a looooooooong time :) My husband will be happy too.