People have been wondering what our menu has been during the Challenge. So here’s what my family ate and what it cost per meal and per person during our first week. Just to let you know my son is allergic to nuts, corn, soy, and legumes, so those are off our menu. Please feel free to add them to yours.
Remember, we are spending $491.10 for the 30 days total, which averages out to $16.37 per day. Plus, we need to come in at less than that so I can throw a dinner part for eight on the last day.
Breakfast: pancakes, one cup of orange juice (my son), one cup of coffee (my husband), one orange, one banana.
$3.27 for the meal, $1.09 per person
Lunch: salad with spinach, eight ounces of grilled chicken, half a cucumber, grape tomatoes, celery, carrots.
$5.55 for the meal, $1.85 per person
Dinner: One 16-ounce bag of pasta, half a can of diced tomatoes, frozen green beans, frozen California medley, one onion, olive oil, 14 ounces of ground beef, one cup of milk (my son).
$7.28 to prepare the whole pot, but at 8 servings total, only $0.91 per serving, or $2.73 for the three of us for dinner
Other: We also baked two loaves of bread for $1.25 total, which works out to 6 cents per slice. I also peeled and sliced 20 ounces of carrots for snacks at $1.24 total. Bread, snacks, and pasta leftovers will be accounted for as we eat them, so they are not included in today’s tally.
TOTAL: $11.55 / $3.85 per person
Breakfast: scrambled eggs (5), one onion, one cup of spinach, three slices of bread, butter, one cup orange juice, one cup coffee.
$2.92 for the meal, $0.97 per person
Lunch: leftover pasta from last night’s dinner.
$2.73 for the meal, $0.91 per person
Dinner: three cups of brown rice, broccoli, green beans, California medley, one glass of milk.
$3.62 for the meal, $1.21 per person, tons of leftover rice that can be added “for free” to future meals
Other: one apple ($0.94), seven slices of bread ($0.42) which we ate mostly with meals, half of our carrot supply ($0.62).
TOTAL: $11.25 / $3.75 per person.
Breakfast: old-fashioned oatmeal, with brown sugar and cinnamon added, one cup coffee, one cup orange juice.
$1.65 for the meal, $0.55 per person
Lunch: Greg – leftover pasta, crackers ($1.21) … Alex – leftover pasta, tomatoes, half a cucumber, crackers ($2.46) … Lisa – two slices of bread, two leftover pancakes, tomatoes ($1.26).
$4.93 for the meal, $1.64 average per person
Dinner: ten ounces of chicken, lemon, steamed broccoli, potatoes, two glasses milk.
$7.22 for the meal, $2.41 per person
Other: two servings of crackers ($0.60), rest of the carrot sticks ($0.62), one slice of bread ($0.06)
TOTAL: $15.08 / $5.03 per person
Breakfast: French toast (six slices), one cup orange juice, one cup coffee, two oranges.
$2.85 for the meal, $0.88 per person
Lunch: Greg & Lisa – stir fry, rice, carrots, and celery ($1.17) … Alex – mac & cheese, tomatoes, carrots, crackers, and bread ($1.81).
$2.98 for the meal, $0.99 per person
Dinner: Meatballs, frozen broccoli, baked potatoes, one cup of milk.
$9.68 for the meal, $3.22 per person
Other: banana bread.
3 slices for $0.39, $0.13 per person
TOTAL: $15.90 / $5.30 per person
Breakfast: scrambled eggs (five total), one onion, one cup of spinach, three slices of banana bread, butter, one cup orange juice, one cup coffee.
$3.10 for the meal, $1.03 per person
Lunch: leftover meatballs, leftover mac & cheese, carrots, two slices bread, one slice of banana bread.
$3.32 for the meal, $1.11 per person.
Dinner: Greg & Lisa – vegetable medley, leftover brown rice. (Alex had dinner at a friend’s house).
$1.08 for the meal, $0.54 per person.
Other: three slices of banana bread ($0.39), one glass of milk ($0.22)
TOTAL: $8.11 / $2.70 per person
Breakfast: oatmeal (disastrous, had to be thrown out), brown sugar (two tablespoons), banana bread (three slices), apple, one glass orange juice, one cup coffee, toast (two slices).
$3.06 for the meal, $1.02 per person.
Lunch: Greg & Lisa – stir fry, leftovers ($1.08), Alex – mac & cheese, carrots, bread, crackers ($1.08).
$2.16 for the meal, $0.72 per person.
Dinner: Hamburger patties (one pound ground beef), bread, spinach, carrot and celery salad, one glass of milk.
$6.26 for the meal, $2.09 per person.
Other: brownies ($1.83 for the batch), one cup of milk ($0.22)
TOTAL: $13.53 / $4.51 per person
Breakfast: French toast, apple, one glass orange juice, one cup coffee.
$2.42 for the meal / $0.81 per person
Lunch: frozen Southwest veggie medley ($1.25), baked potato ($0.80), half can diced tomatoes ($0.99).
$3.04 / $1.01 per person
Dinner: Chicken sausage ($2.90), butternut squash, maple syrup, brown rice, one glass of milk.
$6.45 / $2.15 per person
Other: Brownies, milk ($0.22)
TOTAL: $12.13 / $4.04 per person
Grand Total for Week 1: $87.55 / $29.18 per person
Our daily average needs to be $16.37 for the Whole Foods Challenge; times seven is $114.59. So we’re actually $27.04 ahead! Wow!
But it’s not really that simple. We have lots of staples carrying over from our first shopping trip, like flour, brown rice, and milk just to name a few. We definitely don’t feel like we’re living rich!
What do you think of our first week’s worth of expenses? How’d we do?
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