So I have been doing pretty well with my weekly budget of $75. I only had one week where I went over in the last 6 weeks, and I blame Ashley. I took her with me, and well, I have a hard time saying no to my kids.
Anyway, I thought I would let you in on this week's adventure. And let me just note before I go on that I do pack my lunch for work most days. And Ray does the same. Now Ashley? She buys lunch normally 4 to 5 days a week, so if you add in her $1.75 for lunch daily, I guess that brings out total up a little. But I am not counting that just because I don't want to. So there.
First, our menu for this week:
Monday - Oven Fried Chicken, mac and cheese, frozen veggies
Tuesday - Spaghetti Pie, garlic bread
Wednesday - Some sort of crockpot dish per Ray's request (I will be really, really late from work)
Thursday - Pizza at Ashley's school
Friday - Out (I will be on my way to Virginia with the girls, Ray is on his own)
So this week's menu is kind of light, but I am planning on making two more meals to go in the freezer (one from this great new site and I will make a double batch of the Spaghetti Pie and put that in the freezer).
What we spent this week? $59.90 at Walmart. What we got for that? Ranch dressing, ground beef, ground turkey, lunch meat, coffeemate, cheese, cinnamon rolls, pizza crust, juice, milk, eggs, apples, rice cakes, and some other stuff I can't tell from the description on the receipt. A lot of odds and ends we needed to fill some holes.
We are also doing so much better on 1) eating leftovers and 2) using up everything in our pantry. I read an article a few months ago about a reporter that ate for an entire month on the items in their pantry without going to the grocery store (except for milk and eggs). There are things I have bought wanting to try, and I just need to make sure I use them.
I am also going to start going to the farmer's market for our fruits and veggies when I finally have some weekends home. Yes, we are traveling again this coming weekend, and then I am not leaving my home for a month (or maybe less, we shall see).