Frugal or not?

Ever think about how much you pay for each week of food?  I’m not talking grocery bills.  I mean, the actual food consumption on a weekly basis.  One of my classes required that we write down exactly how much we spent for a week based on what we ate.  Mine came out to $45.00.  But the most interesting part of this experiment was that it really pinpointed where I spend the most.  Things like organic spinach and cottage cheese were the post expensive, along with yogurts too.  Obviously I would never give some of my favorite foods up, but it’s interesting to see where the money goes. 😉  The good news is that even with choosing healthier fare, my lunches were still cheaper then a typical fastfood meal.  That made me happy. :mrgreen:

Do you think you spend a lot or a little on your food consumption, and where does most of that money go?

For breakfast I had a very frugal bowl of oats.

  • 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 1/2 c. milk + 1/2 c. water
  • cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • 1/2 banana
  • 6-oz. plain yogurt with 1 T. flax (stirred in after oats were cooked)
  • toppings: 1/2 whole wheat pumpkin muffin, peanut butter sauce (1 T. peanut butter + 1 T. milk, heated—KERF idea!) and a sprinklin’ of coconu

At first I didn’t know what to think of the yogurt & oatmeal mix.  Not quite hot, not quite cold.  But then as I ate my way through it, I started to really enjoy it.  It was very reminiscent of both regular oats and overnight oats—the best of both worlds. 😀

 For a quick morning snack, I snagged a handful of pistachios and an orange.

I was really excited for today’s workout.  Along with my foot pains, I haven’t been able to indulge in my normal weekend long runs.  In a moment of thinking outside the box, I decided to embrace both running and biking for one fun workout. 

I decided to start with the 4-mile run so that my legs would be nice and fresh.  Then I hopped on my bike for a fast-paced, hilly 6-mile loop.  I’m trying to slowly reintroduce myself to biking, since it always takes me a while to fall in love with it.  Once the warm weather rolls around though, I’d like to lengthen my bike rides and shorten my weekly running mileage.  There are some great loops that I’d love to check out! 😀

After my bike ride, I snacked on an end peice of whole wheat sourdough bread with a pat of cashew butter.

I felt very “spring-ish” after spending my morning outside in 40 degree weather.  A big ol’ salad was exactly what I was craving: greens, cucumbers, carrots, garbanzos, black & green olives, green bell peppers and my favoritest dressing mix: tsp each of olive oil, balsamic, orange juice and a dash of garlic powder and mustard.

+ whole wheat bunnies which are always fun to eat!

These next couple of weeks are going to be insane with homework for me!  I have my presentation on coconuts for Wednesday, two exams on Tuesday, a Cancer presentation coming up, and multiple other assignments (including the Haitian Diet paper, which I promise to turn into a special posting very soon!! 😀 )  I love feeling busy and productive though.  And despite feeling nervous for the presentations, I have to say I’m kind of looking forward to the extra practice.  Besides, talking about coconuts is going to be really interesting. 😀

I had an insatiable appetite this afternoon and made an early snack of Doctor Kracker’s Seeded Spelt crisps (yum, yum, yum!!!) with some vegetable hummus and a laughing cow wedge and an apple on the side. 

Look at this handsome man! 😀

My sister and her husband were having internet problems, so my dad went over to work on it.  I stopped by to chat with Nicole and see my two favorite nephews (aka, Highstreet and Stitch.)  Stitch is such a ham for getting his picture taken.

Everyone was home for dinner tonight, and eggs were on the menu (which, by the way, are another super cheap protein choice!) for a quick and easy meal.  I turned mine into French toast and topped it with peanut butter and homemade blueberry jam.  Veggies on the side were slightly unconventional but still fun to crunch on. 😀

The finale of my meal took place with an oatmeal raisin cookie. 

My mom “won” a few cookies from work, as she met a certain goal.  She passed on this cookie to me, and I opened it up tonight.  So doughy and chewy and perfect! :mrgreen:  I love my oatmeal raisin cookies to be slightly undercooked, chewy with oats and studded with raisins.  This one was so rich and buttery. 

I think I’ll get back to studying for a bit, and then I plan on making a snack and relaxing! 

Question of the Day: Do you think you spend a lot or a little, and where does most of your monetary food bills go?  I think I spend about average, considering where I live.  Some of my costs are definitely a little higher with eating healthy, in regards to organic spinach and low fat dairy products (gotta have my yogurt!)  But I try to cut costs in other areas to make up for it too. 😉

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14 thoughts on “Frugal or not?

  1. I always find myself asking “how much did that meal cost?” Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how much 15g of oats and 15g of oatbran cost, but I can assume low. I find for me it’s not that any meal is really expensive, there’s just a lot of eating going on here!

  2. I’m not exactly sure where my food budget goes, but I am now curious and will find out. I know that meat can be expensive, especially when you go for the leaner cuts. And since my hubby and I go for the more expensive fruits and generally bypass apples, I think we spend a lot on fruits! LOVE the pic of Stich! 🙂

  3. I *seem* to spend a lot on food, but at the end of the week, my fridge is empty so I make sure I eat what I buy at the store. I do spend more for fresh produce and better quality meats. However, I consider those to be top priority and I’m probably saving money in medical bills. As a diabetic, I have to eat well, and that means fewer trips to ER now and hopefully putting off the degenerative effects on my major organ systems later. So, I’ll cut corners in other places before I will with food. 🙂
    Running shoes….same philosophy 😉

  4. I definetly spend a lot on food! Mostly on kind of ‘weird’ health foods, cos I love trying new stuff. And I spend a bomb on vegetables cos I get through them so fast!! But I think it’s worth it, cos I don’t drink and I don’t have time to go shopping, so good food is my treat 🙂
    I love your dinner, it looks so tasty!

  5. I spend a lot on food, but I think it’s pretty comparable to other people, whether they buy healthy things or not. Where it really adds up is eating out- I always think buying slightly more expensive ingredients is still less expensive that going out to eat.

  6. I definitely spend more on groceries (even though I don’t buy 100% organic) than the average college student. However, I think the average college student spends more money dining out than I do.

    Also, I don’t really care too much for clothes/makeup/things like that. I guess it just matters where your priorities are! I totally with you on the yog – couldn’t give that up!

  7. Delicious day of food! I think I spend a lot on food- organic produce, meat, etc. But when I think about how I’m feeding my boyfriend and I and we eat almost every meal at home it’s really not much at all! But without fail, every week I’m panicking in the grocery store check out line, like oh god should I skip the 7th container of Fage yogurt?!? Haha.

  8. I spend way too much at the grocery store, but I don’t eat out too much, I’ve reigned in my clothes shopping, and I’ve decided that good food is worth it to me!

  9. I’ve been really good this past year about monitoring my money spending but that’s b/c I got into a little financial trouble last spring when I spent too much (got lazy and didn’t record what I was spending and constantly checking my account) but now, I plan for everything

  10. Cookie looks delicious!
    I used to find it a bit difficult to spend money on ‘luxurious’ foods and always chose the cheapest things. I realized that was a part of my ED and decided to change that. Not that I only buy expensive things now, but I like to ‘pamper’ myself with a good sandwich now and then for instance.

    Like many things in life, it’s all about balance…

    Have a great week!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  11. I spend so much money on food its crazy, but I make all my food myself so at least I know whats going in my mouth unlike most of my fast food eating friends!

    Love your blog by the way x x

  12. that is REALLY interesting! is there a program you used to break that all down? i would think i am probably somewhere in the middle as well.

    annndddd…i am also the kind of person who likes to keep busy. something about productivity and accomplishment that you just can’t beat!

  13. We have cut back so much on our food costs, it is crazy! Just by shopping at a cheaper store… I bet we are average. We rarely eat out or buy drinks or anything.

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