I think my month long meal planning served me well. I ended the month with about 6 or so meals we didn't use (they carried over to November). However, I ended up throwing out more food than I would have thought. I did do a deep clean of the fridge, which I managed to find some old tupperwares.
Food We Tossed:
3 mini blueberry muffins = $0.40
1/4 container of cruellers = $0.75
fridge clean out #1 = $3.12
strawberries = $0.98
pancake batter (too much salt) = $0.64
5 hot dog buns = $0.83
4 peppers = $2.99
1 orange = $0.11
2 pieces of garlic toast = $0.50
whole cantoloupe = $1.24
Fridge clean out #2 = $7.21 ($4 of which was chinese food)
shallots = $1.99
Highest it's been in months. The 2 fridge clean outs, peppers, shallots, and cantolope were the big items this month. Not impressed with this total.
Year to Date:
Average Monthly Total:
Estimated Waste for a Year:
I have $30.66 over the next 2 months before I break the $200 mark. I need to focus on getting left overs eaten and using fruits and veggies before the go bad.
I did do another month long meal planning for Novemeber. I planned for 4 less days than I needed meals for, which has already come in handy. I have a hard time not cooking a planned meal on the night it's penciled in for; I'm not sure what to do. Move onto the next meal or bump everything a night. I need to figure out these little details to perfect my plan.