What to Cook for Dinner?
I was hoping to get this last post up yesterday (Sunday) but I wasn’t able to. (I worked on getting my Facebook and Twitter page updates) But I did want to finish this series so here is our last day of the challenge.
Today is the last day of the challenge. I have enjoyed figuring out what each of the meals has cost us. But to tell the truth I am glad I only did the calculations for one week. It is a lot of work and takes quite a bit of time. But now I know more about how much some of our meals really cost.
This morning for breakfast I needed something quick but something my family would enjoy more than our usual toast. So I made some Chocolate Chip Scones.
Scones, eggs and sausage $2.18
Total Cost for breakfast $2.18
For lunch the kids had sandwich, chips, cookie and peach $1.26 for both.
My husband and myself ended up having leftovers $0
Total for lunch $1.26
I was planning on making a dinner with our leftover roast but my parents called and asked us to have dinner with them. So the kids love to spend time with their grandparents and I then did not have to cook so we were all happy to have dinner with them. So our dinner tonight did not cost us anything tonight.
Total for Dinner $0
Kids snacks during the day (I used some of the leftover pancakes to make peanut butter pancake sandwiches) Total $.57 for all
After dinner snacks
Kids and myself cereal and cheese stick $.72
My husband had cheese and crackers $1.29
Total for our snacks today $2.58
Total for the last day of the challenge was $6.02 or $1.50 per person
Now this total is a little low because of the free dinner. I think our total would have been closer to $10 had I used our leftovers to make our dinner.
This challenge has opened my eyes to how much our meals really cost us. I also could not believe that a store-bought cookie cost $.08 each where my homemade cinnamon roll biscuit (the item as close to a cookie I made during the challenge) cost only $.04. The cost difference is 50%. Will I be making any changes? To be honest I am not sure.
Our families food cost right now are reasonable for our budget. But I am curious to see what our family would spend on food if we eliminated our last bit of convenience foods. You may see a series of post soon on us doing just that and what I find. My only concern is if the time I would need to give up to make the convenience items at home would be worth the money I would save.
What about you? Do you purchase many convenience foods at your house?
Other Posts in this Series
You can see Katy’s total for the week at The Non Consumer Advocate