My only goal this week was to spend no money. Or rather nothing more than the little stash of bills I had on hand. That does not equate to much of a big grocery shopping trip, as would normally be on the dance card for this weekend. Luckily, due to our recent bulk buys (at warehouse-type stores and of 1/2 pigs) we are hardly in dire straights. Apply a little creativity, and skipping this week isn’t going to be that much of a hardship.
Since no official shopping was done (although eggs were bartered for), Grocery Spending this week = -$2.42. As in, I came home $2.42 richer than when I left.
We departed the house, with…
bags full of milk jugs to return, barter items for eggs, dog chews to be transported to Best Friend, and brunch fixings.
We came home with..
2 dozen eggs, tortillas purchased for less than our bottle deposit, jam jars and garlic from The Best Friend. I have bought so little garlic in the last couple years. So little in fact that a permanent spot in the kitchen has been awarded to the garlic braid.
All our free goods, the milk jug refund, and I found .16 as we were leaving brunch. $2.42 added to my total for the week.
We don’t get off quite that easy though. There’s still the $76 for our standard beef usage + $72 for 2 CSA boxes. This month there’s a new player on our standard expenses: The pig.
We picked up the new resident of our freezer on Monday night. His arrival was later in the month than I anticipated, so we are going to start counting his expense in March. All told we paid $390 for our 1/2 pig. That was $310 to the farmer, and $80 in butchering and curing. We got about 60lbs of beautiful hams, bacon, bulk sausage, and lovely pork chops. Cost per pound, is right around $6.50.
I’ve no idea how long this stash of pork will last us. I extrapolated the beef over a one year period. Now that we are about 1/2 way through that, I’m thinking there are a a lot of summer barbecues, with long guest lists, in our future. Since, I have thoughts of buying another 1/2 hog in the fall, a 6 month pig consumption plan might be more reasonable.
New Monthly Pig Allotment: $65
Cow + Pig + CSA = $213 Seems like a lot of monthly fixed expenses, doesn’t it? However, those ingredients represent a fair amount of our regular consumption, at prices significantly cheaper than we’d pay at the Farmers Market.
$213 – $2.42 = $210.58. Hey! Look at that! Even with the addition of our pig, our total is significantly lower than usual for the first week in the month. Compare here and here. What will our lack of lack of shopping get us in the way of meals?
Saturday: Red Beans and Rice, made with Sausage and a Ham Bone
Sunday: More Ham for brunch with friends, and Beef and Barley stew, also with friends.
Monday: Quiche from bartered eggs, with leeks, fancy cheese, and very likely more ham.
Tuesday: Beef & Brocoli Stir Fry
Wednesday: Leftover Freezer Soup, either Firebroth or Sausage Lentil
Thursday*: Brown Rice Sausage Risotto, with homegrown oyster mushrooms.
*This assumes we aren’t so swimming in leftovers, we forsake any further meal preparation.
Lunches will be lots of leftovers, egg or tuna salad sammies, soup.
Breakfasts are oatmeal, homemade yogurt, eggs with spinach and cheese, toast from homemade bread.
Poor us. And our deprived diet. However will we make it? Are you feeling sorry for me yet? How’s that sarcasm coming across?