Feeding a Family of 5 (Again) on $100 a Week: Way Over Budget

Epu came home from California for one week through yesterday, so this week I was once again feeding 5 with my $100 grocery and restaurant budget. Sadly, our restaurant spending was way over the top — we had a birthday to celebrate and a $75 Restaurant.com coupon to use, plus Epu and I decided budget be damned, we needed to have a date on the only weekend we’d ever be in Oak Park together without the kids again. Then there was Saturday, when I took the kids to Culver’s before dropping them off at Key Lime Cove with their grandparents.

The restaurant tally came to $100 — four weeks’ worth of that modest $25 per week budget. Well, I will do what I can to avoid restaurants until we leave on our road trip May 25.

As far as groceries go, I went over my $75 budget as well — this week I spent $91.50 at four stores:

Fair Share Super Market: $16.50 on produce and a few cans of tomato sauce.

Jewel-Osco: $36 on my double coupons trip, plus wine and blackberries.

Dominick’s: $37 on frozen pizzas, milk, and half-price meats

CVS: $2 (after ExtraBucks) on milk

What can I say? With less than four weeks until Moving Day, I guess I am no longer able to prioritize bargain shopping. I am, however, going to try to continue to track my weekly spending here for the next few weeks, in order to try to prevent it from spinning out of control. As I’ve posted before, the move will be a strain to our finances and I don’t to get too sloppy even though I am short on time.

Here’s what we ate for dinner on that:

WEDNESDAY: Dinner out for Nutmeg’s birthday.

THURSDAY: Can’t remember.

FRIDAY: frozen pizza, organic salads.

SATURDAY: Pork chops, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, organic salads.

SUNDAY: Noodle casserole with cream of mushroom soup and canned chicken.

MONDAY: Fish sticks, broccoli and cheese sauce, leftover french fries.

TUESDAY: Pasta with shrimp and peas. (My mother in law left a bag of shrimp in my freezer when she visited, bless her.)

Breakfasts were mostly toast with peanut butter and jelly plus fruit, lunches were leftovers or sandwiches.

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