So here is how the costs broke down this week. I am sad to report that this week I went into the red.
Monday: $10.39 at the Post Office (OUCH!)
Wednesday: $11.13 at the Farmer's Market
Whole Wheat Bread: $0.99
1 lb Oatmeal: $1.05
5 lbs Potatoes: $1.50
3 Pints Blackberries: $2.31
4 Apples: $1.25
2 Oranges: $0.51
1 lb Cheddar Cheese: $2.69
At this point I am already over budget by $3 but have run out of milk and I know I cannot make it to Sunday without it. I decided to "overdraw my account" and start next week with even less money.
Thursday: $4.59 at Costco for 2 gallons of milk
So next week I am already starting off $6.11 in the hole AND my car is in desperate need of gas.
Nobody said this was going to be easy. At this point I just want this experiment to end. I have a new appreciation for people who live on a really tight budget. It really is life changing.