After last week’s disaster, and the previous two weeks of being over budget, I knew that I needed a better plan, so I headed out for my shopping trip with a list in hand that I intended to follow. This week I skipped the produce sale at Vallarta, and shopped only within a few miles of my home. I was determined to stick to within one dollar of my $25.00 budget. I checked what I had in the house that I needed to use up, planned our dinner menu, and left the house armed with a detailed list.
This week’s review is about the cost of not having a good plan. You will recall that during my third week of this challenge, I went to the store without a plan. I purchased what was on sale, and what seemed like a good idea, but I didn’t have a plan for how I would be using those items. Because I didn’t have a plan, I didn’t know how much I would need for the week. Because I hadn’t planned my menu for the week, I didn’t complete any weekend prep work. Added to this, my work schedule has been […]
You know that I love the combination of cucumber, onion, and tomatoes in salads. This recipe is a variation on that theme, and this variation is loaded with so much flavor that it is guaranteed to wake up your palate. The Feta cheese ads a hint of tanginess and the crumbly texture lends itself perfectly to this salad. I even created my own vinaigrette to dress this salad.
After spending more than twice the allotted $25 last week on groceries, I was committed to do my best to adhere to my budget this week. The problem was that this is an Aldi week. Once a month, Bus Boy has a doctor appointment in Civilization, and there’s an Aldi a few miles from the hospital. Whenever he goes to the hospital, we swing by Aldi to do our weekly shopping. I knew that this week was going to be a tough one. We ran out of milk early in the week. Instead of running to a neighboring town to […]
In spite of seriously overspending on my grocery budget this week, the rest of the week went well. We still didn’t make everything on our menu plan, but we ate enough of them that Sue Chef has agreed to leave the menu board alone. That’s definitely good news.
Lamb chops marinated in Pinot Noir and paired with the piney flavor of rosemary and the heat from garlic, are a wonderful meat entree for any night. Moist and tender and loaded with flavor, these Perfect Lamb Chops were the perfect accompaniment to a vegetable side and a salad. You’re going to want to try this recipe, and once you do, you’ll add it to your menu rotation.
These cream cheese filled carrot cake muffins are perfect for back to school. They are perfect for a quick, grab and go, breakfast, and they’re a great addition to a lunch box. The luscious, creamy filling makes them irresistible. These Muffins even have a secret ingredient.
Up to this point, we have done fairly well with adhering to our $25 grocery budget, and we began this week’s shopping trip feeling optimistic, but because my work schedule has been crazy, I didn’t have the opportunity to really think and plan before heading to the grocery store. Instead, I headed to the store without a plan, and I hadn’t consulted my family regarding what they might like to eat during the coming week. As a result, things didn’t go as planned. I studied the sale papers, and since I would be in a neighboring community, I planned a […]
This concludes the second week of our $25 dollar grocery budget. Honestly, this hasn’t really been that difficult, except when you consider that I went a little over budget. No one is complaining, and no one is requesting food that we don’t have in the house. In fact, I think that everyone has been fairly content with what we’ve been eating.
If you’re looking for a simple, frugal, and sweet breakfast for back to school, I have the perfect recipe for your. Chocolate chip banana muffins are a great way to start your day. They’re also the perfect grab and go breakfast for when you’re dashing out the door. We serve these with a glass of milk or a latte. They’re absolutely perfect for breakfast and are a great lunch time dessert, too.