New Weekly Post?

I have been contemplating a new weekly post and would like your help in getting it started.

It has been sometime since I posted an Athlete’s Plate and remembering how much fun I had with that I drummed up a new idea that would be just as much fun.  By the way I am tracking my food and training on the Cook Train Eat Race Facebook Page under the notes section.

This new idea would feature what I was able to create in a week based on a set amount of money to spend on groceries.  This is where you come in.  First would this be of interest to you?  Second, how much money should my weekly spend be?  Three, what should be included in the spend?  For example, I attend a weekly meeting where lunch costs $15 or I drink coffee when I work from the coffee shop so should those items be included?  This grocery shopping spend will be for one so if you have a family of 4 you will have to quadruple the amount spent for your family.

I would like to start the posts on January 9th which means that starting January 2nd will be when I start the shopping and tracking.  With that being said I am going to open up the voting today, December 24th, and leave it open until January 1st at 12am CST.

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  1. Michael says:

    I like the idea. I used to love the weekly Athlete Plate and this adds a new twist. Question – is the budget just for you I’m assuming? Are you not going to make any “family” meals?
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    • CTER says:

      Yes the budget is for one b/c not everybody has kids or a spouse/significant other.

      Those that have to feed more can multiply the ingredients and spending appropriately.

      Thank you for the compliment on The Athlete’s Plate.

  2. Jen says:

    I think this would be very interesting. But I’m a couponer and for a long time had such a super tight / strict budget that I became very crafty at grocery shopping on a budget AND keeping it healthy. Can’t wait!
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  3. Christina says:

    My experience is that it is not a direct correlation from what you spend to cook for one vs. what you spend to cook for more. There tends to be an economy of scale especially when you need part of an item for a dish for one, but you can’t buy just a part (ie. an onion – need one regardless if the recipe doesn’t call for a whole). I love the idea as I know it would be a prime example that it isn’t that hard to eat healthy on a budget. Just doing a little devil’s advocate there. I personally wouldn’t include the coffee and the lunch out in the budget as I think we all have at least a little discretionary spending in our food budget, but those are more in the “entertainment” or “business expense” categories. Generally, it would tell us how much you spend to eat most meals at home though as some will likely be leftovers or remakes with similar ingredients.

    I think the smaller you can make the budget, the better – but it doesn’t take long to spend a budget when you include meat (which our grocery budget rarely does because we butcher our own pork, beef and venison – though I do occassionally splurge on chicken and fish). And if I recall correctly, you won’t be including meat in your budget either which not everyone would be game for. Another twist….

    Personally, I’m just really struggling with how to get in more vegetables and I’d just like to see what everyone eats every day to figure out where I can improve my diet (beyond just eating less garbage). I feel like I get in a rut with healthy food and want more variety, but then again – I’m not always adventurous enough in the produce department. I do pretty good on fruit, but not so much on veggies.
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    • CTER says:

      You are correct in that there won’t be any meat. People can adjust their consumption to include meat but at the very least it will give them ideas on how to incorporate a side dish to the meat.

      As for the notion of having to buy one onion, that is the point in that you have to be prepared to buy that onion and use it in a variety of ways so as not to waste it whether your are feeding a family of four or just feeding yourself. A portion (large or small) ends up being wasted because the produce is used for one recipe and then left to in the crisper and it goes bad because we don’t use our imagination to use it in a variety of ways.

      Since I can’t tackle everybody’s scenario I just narrowed it down to the least common denominator and that is that we have to feed ourselves at the very least.
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  4. Jill says:

    I am looking forward to seeing all those Twinkies posted. :)
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  5. Chuck says:

    Man, I spend a lot more than that on grorceries every week!
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  6. Yeah man, do it. $40/$45 is my vote
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  7. Karen says:

    I’m all for it! I have been trying to stick to more of a budget lately with food so would be interested to see what you come up with. I probably wouldn’t count the extras (like coffee or meals out).
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