This week I went to the store twice, but didn’t spend too much either time. Saturday I bought milk, butter, potatoes, onions, coffee creamer, and Kleenex for a grand total of $37.
Sunday we had the family over for dinner to celebrate Lidya’s 19th birthday. We had barbecued hamburgers, salad, pickles, cucumbers, watermelon, jello ice cream, and two kinds of birthday cake, lemon and chocolate. I already had everything except hamburger buns, which my momma very kindly brought.
Thursday evening I went to the store again and got milk, cheese, chex, yogurt, oatmeal, oranges (5 lbs for $1.25), a few peaches, chicken ($1.37/lb chicken breasts), vanilla, chocolate chips, and toilet paper. Grand total on that trip was $65 which brings our total for the first 11 days of the month to $102. I’m trying not to run out of things that my husband really cares about, since that leaves him very dubious of the virtues of this spending challenge idea.
I still have lots of meat and the garden continues to overflow with veggies. So I’m hoping that getting by for the rest of the month on only $200 more should work just fine.
Here’s what our food looked like this week.
Breakfast: Eggs and toast
Lunch: Turkey sandwiches
Dinner: Ham and bean soup, zucchini muffins
Lunch: Corn dogs and tater tots, cucumbers
Dinner: Hamburgers, jello, salad, watermelon, birthday cake
Lunch: Baked potatoes with bacon, cheese and sour cream. Watermelon, cake
Dinner: Rice, turkey, sauteed cabbage, cucumbers
Breakfast: Pancakes, apples, milk
Lunch: Turkey noodle soup
Dinner: Hamburger enchiladas (from the freezer, basically this recipe but with ground beef)
Breakfast: Cereal (we’re low on eggs) and apples
Lunch: Leftover corn dogs and hamburgers, rice
Dinner: Hamburger zucchini stir-fry, pickles, pears
Breakfast: Hash brown combo with peppers and tomatoes
Lunch: Tomato melts, cucumbers, apples
Dinner: Baked chicken, potatoes, sauteed zucchini and eggplant, angel food cake
Breakfast: Eggs and toast
Lunch: Leftover fried rice, cucumbers,
Dinner: Pizza and garden cantaloupe, apple pie
Our tomatoes are already slowing down– it’s a cool September here– but today I think I have enough tomatoes and peppers to make some salsa. Our apple trees are still groaning with fruit. We made and canned applesauce twice this week. Once the younger kids and I worked through it together, and another time my oldest married daughter came over and helped us get a lot done. I’m hoping to cut more apples today and freeze a few apple pies, and maybe even some baked apple donuts. We love applesauce, but it is soooo labor-intensive. Plus it will be fabulous to have some ready-made dessert in the freezer.
Are you doing the spending challenge? Do you have any frugal wins to share today?