Jewelry Diet, you wonder? What? Where did that come from??? Okay, okay…I have dubbed this the ‘Jewelry Diet’ because I realized that if it works I will save enough money each month to invest in a nice piece of jewelry!! So if I follow this ‘diet’ I will not only be eating healthy, I can look like a million bucks, too! More incentive to stick with it!
Details: I am into the second week of my experiment. The end of the first week found me about $40 over budget. Although I did not go to the store and spend more than the initial $71, I did supplement with items already on hand in my pantry and refrigerator. In accounting for their costs I used the price I would have paid for them in full even if I only used a fraction of the quantity, and anything I was not sure of price-wise I erred on the high side. Among the supplemented items were some fresh salad ingredients I had leftover prior to my experiment’s onset. I certainly did not want to waste anything soley to prove a budgetary point. This week I should be using only things I have bought (or accounted for) since the experiment began…any perishibles should now be used up. I will get a slight amount of help this week from the fact that the dried fruit I bought for my son’s lunch last week should last this week (and possibly into next), and I have some rice and a small stock of pasta still left from last week.
One advantage to this experiment besides the obvious one of saving money while eating healthy? My refrigerator is staying much cleaner because I have not overbought items which will be only partially used up before eventually getting thrown out…
I have returned from Whole Foods with my total expenditures at $75.53. This includes fresh vegetables: lettuce, radishes, mushrooms, cucumber, onions (red and yellow), potatoes (sweet and golden), carrots, garlic and even a slaw mix; fruits: bananas, apples, lemons (Yay!!), 1 lime, 1 pear; fish: frozen mahi-mahi and ahi tuna; whole wheat penne pasta; apple juice; cranberry juice; frozen vegetables: broccoli, green beans and peas; and a few other odds and ends. I still need meat for a few dinners, but the meat specials weren’t as good this week. I think the new specials come out on either Tuesday or Wednesday, so I will re-check later. I do have meat in the freezer I can use, and it has the prices on it so it will be easy enough to add into the budget if needed. I regret not taking advantage of the chicken and pork specials last week…oh well! By the way, my husband will be here for 4 days this week, so this week’s budget is $90…woohoo, almost $15 more dollars to spend!!