My 10K Food Budget
The month of March has brought with it some wonderful things my way. Every time I put a post up I have to stop and wonder if anyone will even read it and then once in a while, one of you sends me a heart felt email or leaves a lovely comment and I know that all the work and love I put into this blog is worth it.
This is a post that I have been meaning to do for a while but never quite had the right figures so this month when I did my shopping, I paid attention to everything. So it says 10K even though the actual cost is a little under but somehow that didn’t seem as catchy! I tracked the food we bought and consumed over the month of March with a few exceptions.
It’s important to note that we are a three person household and all meals made for dinner are enough to last into lunch the next day because hubbs and I carry packed lunches every day to cut cost of eating out during the week. Packed lunch is a huge part of our savings plan.
A couple things worth pointing out:
I don’t count weekends because we typically eat out or spend it at my mum’s house. Next month, I will do one for every single day of the week.
We’re lucky because my mum gives us things from her farm like eggs and kienyeji chicken (although in this breakdown, I bought all the meat). She also gets us fruit from Kenol which is her gift to us because we gave her a grandchild :-).
I haven’t included certain items like spices and the like because typically, these are the items that are always in your pantry. See the full list here if you need stocking up..
Our breakfast and dinner menus for the month of March looked like this:
Wednesday: Leftover chapatis
Thursday: Egg + cheese sandwiches
Monday: Pilau + Kachumbari
Tuesday: Chapati + Ndengu + Mbogas
Wednesday: Spaghetti + Mince
Thursday: Ugali + Matumbo/Chicken + Mbogas
Friday: Chips + Sausage + Coleslaw
Here’s a break down of the cost of the food items.
In a separate post, I will offer tips on packing and storing food for later use especially veggies which is always the challenge. What you need to know for now is that with all meat items except chicken, it is packed into 500g. I make meat go further by not making it the star of the meal e.g. a stew bulked up with a simple stir fry pack makes it go further.
Drop me a line below and let me know how you’re stretching food in your house to hit your budget (or stay under it) every month!