As you may have seen in my video last week, things sure are different around here with my husband out of town! One week down, eleven to go!
As much as I miss him, one of the benefits of his absence is that I’m cooking a lot less! The kids don’t eat much, and I don’t either, so I only need to cook a few times a week and the leftovers last really long (a little too long, perhaps).
I’m trying something a little different this week: I’m buying the ingredients for two full dinners, plus whatever fill-in items we need. But I’m not planning on them for any specific night of the week. I’ll cook when we need food, then we’ll eat leftovers until I need to cook again.
So this week for lunch, we’re having our usual staples: black bean quesadillas, sandwiches with turkey/cheese or peanut butter with jelly or honey, and soup & salad.
For dinner, I’m going to be making spaghetti & meatballs with green beans, and crockpot chicken taco soup.
What I bought this week:
I did my usual weekly trip to Walmart, and I got the following things:
String cheese, wheat bread, fruit & yogurt Special K (the Great Value off-brand), peanut butter, and two bags of tortilla chips.
I also got some WIC items: 1 dozen eggs, 2 gallons of milk, and $8 of produce (bananas, blueberries, and zucchini).
Total spent at Walmart: $15.68
I didn’t do my usual bulk shop at GFS this month — mostly because I didn’t have time. But I did run to Aldi (a store not in my usual rotation) and I got some great deals!!
I went to Aldi because the chicken was on sale in the paper for $1.49/lb, but because it was the last day of their week (Aldi cycles run Wednesday-Tuesday), it was marked down an extra $2!! So I got my chicken for below my usual target price! (And I was totally out too, so double score!)
Strawberries were on sale for $1.49 too, marked an extra 50% off, so I got those for $.79 a pint!!
While there, I also got celery, sliced cheese and turkey, and a loaf of bread.
Total spent at Aldi: $21.53
Total spent this week: $37.21
Here are my rundowns for May — it’s been an odd month, but I did a pretty good job of staying on target anyway!
May 29th – June 4th: $37.21
Total amount spent in May: $129.99!