Since I pretty much charge everything I buy, my grocery budget runs on the credit card cycle. That means that two weeks in I have spent 3/4 of my target budget and since I am trying to replace by the end of the year the money we gave away recently that means I have spent too much. I did get the ingredients to try a couple of healthy new recipes which will be fun.
The good news is that there is a lot of food in the house if I would just plan out menus. Tonight will be easy - we have leftover brown rice, black beans, chicken and lots of veggies and fruit. I'm thinking Spanish rice, open face tacos with beans, chicken, spinach and grated carrots and a fruit salad. Tomorrow we have a neighborhood picnic. Part of my spending was a 6 pack of beer to take and I will make pumpkin cake muffins with store bought cream cheese frosting to be our food item. Sunday will be turkey burgers with a new grain and vegetable side dish.
The next two week's menus need to be thought out so all I buy are the veggies and fruit we need along with my hubby's special breakfast and brown bag lunch foods. He is sensitive to quite a few food additives as well as dairy which impacts our food costs. He's found a rotation of breakfast and lunch menus that work for him and keep him feeling well - so worth it.