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Finally, a Grocery Haul

I hate having to put on boots, a warm hat and coat, and gloves. After living in Arizona for 9+ years, I find this all such an annoyance. However, since it was garbage pickup yesterday, I had to go get the cans to put away in the garage and try to get to the meters(which was unsuccessful) to read them.

Since it was just snowing lightly around 10 am when I was already dressed for the weather, I decided I would try to make it to Top’s for some things I needed since my Walmart grocery delivery had been cancelled. The roads were slick but I took it easy and got there and back. The worst part was the ice in the parking lot.

I had a much larger delivery list but I pared my shopping down to these few things: 2 lbs. of carrots with a digital coupon for $ 2.49, celery for $1.99, a rotisserie chicken with a super coupon for $ 6.99, 1 Steak-umms for $ 3.99. 1/2 gallon of Half and Half for $ 5.99, 1 Top’s whipped cream for $ 2.79, and a box of Ronzoni angel hair pasta with a super coupon for $ .99 that didn’t make it in to the picture. Everything but the half and half was on sale. However, Top’s had the best price for this and it keeps a long time in the fridge without going bad. My total was $ 26.11 including $.88 tax for the prepared chicken.

All were badly needed except for the pasta and chicken. I like to keep a few boxes of pasta in the pantry at all times. So when I can get it under $1.00, I do. The rotisserie chicken was cheaper than buying a fresh one there and cooking it myself. Hubby sliced up a breast and we made sandwiches for lunch and he put it on a Caesar salad he put together for dinner. I was cold at dinner time so I opted to heat up a can of clam chowder soup. The chicken will make a couple more lunches and then I will put the carcass and skin in a bag in the freezer. When I get enough bones from other chickens, I will make homemade chicken bone broth. I don’t buy it anymore. I had no more Steak-umms in the freezer and I like to have some once in a while with my eggs for breakfast.

I tried twice yesterday to get to our meters to read them. I hate estimated bills. However, even with wearing Hubby’s high boots I could not get through the snow unless I shoveled a path. It was brutally cold out and I was not going to do that. I do have a few more days to read it before they issue an estimated bill. If I can’t do it, I will just have to tolerate the estimated bill.

It snowed lightly again most of the day yesterday so we picked up only about 3 inches. Our snow total this week so far is 29 inches. If it doesn’t look like that to you, it is because a lot of it blew away during the horrific winds we had and Hubby has snowblowed snow off the sidewalk and he likes to keep it off the bushes. We have more coming today. This picture was taken last night. Sorry, it looks so grainy but it was still coming down.

My grandson’s birthday is today. I can’t believe he is 14. Time flies! Because we are basically snowed in we won’t see him today. We have a gift for him that will just have to wait until we can see him again.

Did you save any money yesterday?

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August 31: The Last Day of the Low Spend Month Grocery Challenge

Today is the last day of my Low Spend Month Grocery Challenge. I have no intention of shopping today so I can tell you how much I saved. 

As I explained to you in my post about doing this challenge, I have $500. budgeted every month for groceries. When I went to the bank to get my cash out for August, I only took out 1/2 of that or $250. So that was already savings for us. 

After totaling up all of my receipts for the month, I had $11.12 left in my wallet from that $250. So I spent a total of $ 238.88 for the month.

I think I did pretty well considering that I had West for almost two weeks and he had some junk food requests. Now it might not have been possible, if I didn’t have food in my freezers and pantries. Regardless, it is very nice to have $ 261.12 in our pocket instead of the grocery store’s pockets.  

I will be back to my budget of $500. for the month of September. But I will be shopping strategically and carefully so that I can keep some of that money to spend on Thanksgiving sales in November.  More on that on Wednesday.

For breakfast, I cooked a dozen hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker. I also cooked a 12 oz. package of bacon in the oven. I ate 2 hard boiled eggs and 3 pieces of bacon for my brunch. Hubby loves it when I cook the eggs because he loves egg salad on crackers. Me, I am happy to get back to eating healthier food. It was hard while West was here. He is a very picky eater. But I couldn’t have him starve so I cooked things that he loves. 

For dinner tonight, we had taco salads. Yeah, I have been craving one.  Hubby put them together: lettuce, cherry tomatoes, diced onion, a bit of diced cucumber because I love it, sliced black olives, guacamole, and Mexican cheese. I cooked the ground meat with the hot and spicy taco seasoning. Then it was all topped off with a dab of sour cream. They tasted so good tonight!

I hope you have a great evening.

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August 30: Low Spend Grocery Month Challenge

This morning for breakfast we had bacon, egg and cheese wraps made with one half a piece of FlatOut bread.

I am moving pretty slowly today. I have a pinched nerve in my back. It is driving me crazy.

For dinner, I cut up the rest of the lamb into chunks and made some more sauce using the leftover sauce, some bouillon and some more tomato sauce. Hubby made some rice using the rice cooker. I rarely have rice but had some tonight with the lamb concoction on top. We had green beans for a side. There is enough leftover for a lunch.

I hope you all have a good evening and week.  

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August 29: Low Spend Grocery Challenge Month

Not getting up until 10AM is a rarity for me. I must have been really tired since I fell asleep about 10PM.

So breakfast wasn’t on my mind when I started to get hungry. I assessed everything that was in our fridge to make sure that we are using up food before it goes to waste. Since we had cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and bacon that needed to be used, I made a salad for lunch. It was so good with Skinny Girl poppy seed dressing on it.  

I already have stripped the bed that West stayed in and the sheets are now in the dryer. All the dirty towels have also been washed. When the bed is made and all other items have been folded and put away, I think I will read for a while. Hubby should be happy with college football on TV sometime today.

We had leftovers from dinner last night. I heated up the leftover potatoes in the gravy from the roast.

Hubby sliced some of the lamb.

After the potatoes and gravy were very hot. I put the lamb slices in just long heat to quickly heat them. I did not want to cook them just heat them through.

Here is my delicious dinner all from leftovers. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.

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August 28: Low Spend Grocery Month Challenge

It is hard for me to believe that West went home tonight. I am truly going to miss him. These two weeks have flown. We have had a lot of fun. He told me when I hugged and kissed him goodnight last night that he will really miss us and can’t wait to come back again for another visit. I think that can be arranged.

I again made scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast. he loves that. We all had the same.

My son and daughter in law came and to had dinner with us tonight and then they took West home. He can’t wait to see his two Anatolian shepherds. He has missed playing with them.

I cooked a large boneless leg of Australian lamb that I purchased in May for dinner. We love lamb and so do they. But this piece of meat was just too big for the two of us. We would be eating leftovers forever. So they will help us eat it. I roast it in the oven with beef consomme, tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. It all makes a nice gravy and I threw some small potatoes in the last hour or so. We had some corn and cucumbers and tomatoes with it.  We had fudge mint cookies for dessert.

No pictures because I got busy with my family and getting West packed up to go home.

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August 27: Low Spend Grocery Month Challenge

We were supposed to get high and damaging winds last night. So I decided not to put the garbage out last night for fear it would be all over the neighborhood this morning. So I got up at 6am with the alarm. That is very hard for me. I hate getting up with an alarm. I think it goes back to the days that I worked. Any of you hate getting up with alarms too?

West and Hubby are still sleeping. I am so glad that I didn’t wake them up opening the garage door to take it out. It’s very peaceful here right now although it does look like we might get some weather. 

I am enjoying my bullet proof coffee writing to you. West wants scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast today so that is what I will be making when they both get up. Breakfast was half eaten before I remembered to take a picture. 

To celebrate his last dinner here before his parents come, we got McDonald’s at his request. He was happy to get 10 chicken nuggets and some fries. Hubby and I each had burgers and fries which were cold and not very tasty. I understand why we rarely do fast food. The worst part was the bill for this awful food. It was a shock. We had not gotten McDonald’s in well over 2 years. I could have gotten takeout at a restaurant for that price that would have been better. I won’t be making that mistake again. 

I hope you all have a great evening. 

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August 26,2020: Low Spend Month Grocery Challenge

No one was hungry early this morning. So we had brunch. West had pancakes again. Hubby had chicken, pasta, celery and mayo salad made from the extra pasta I cooked yesterday. I had a collagen and antioxidant yogurt with a little of this keto granola sprinkled on top.

It is getting very humid out right now and is supposed to continue through Friday. But I am not complaining because we are supposed to have the worst winter in the country this winter. So I will just enjoy the rest of the summer heat and this autumn. 

Today is a relaxing day again. West is playing a game on his cellphone. Hubby is trying to figure out how to update the printer software when the information they say is on the back of the printer is not there and he needs it. I think he has written them. 

I am going to watch some You Tube videos and do some paperwork this afternoon.

Hubby and West will spend some time chatting outdoors. They do it every afternoon and I listen to them giggling. It makes me laugh. I can’t believe that West will be going home on Friday evening. It seems like he just got here. It always seems that way when my granddaughter visits too. The time passes way too quickly.  

Dinner was pick your own from leftovers that needed to be eaten. I heated up the mashed potatoes, chicken, and gravy and put that and the pasta salad on the table. West and I finished the mashed potatoes and gravy with chicken. Hubby had the pasta salad. There is some pasta salad left for lunch or brunch tomorrow. 

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August 25: Low Spend Grocery Month Challenge

It is a beautiful windy day here. We are going to spend some time outside so that West can get his fresh air.

For breakfast this morning, I made pancakes with real maple syrup which West gobbled up. Here are the leftovers which he can have tomorrow morning. I ate some more cottage cheese. Hubby is out getting his haircut so I assume he will make something to eat when he gets home. 

Dinner last night was pasta salad. When my sons were growing up, it was one of their most requested meals. West wanted to try it. So not following the menu this week is becoming a theme.

My pasta salad is easy. It is cooked large shells, pepperoni, cheddar cheese, black olives and diced fresh tomato. I use Italian dressing that I make with the Good Seasons packet. West ate two big bowls. I guess he liked it. Here is a picture of my bowl.

I am sorry that I didn’t get this posted last night. I was exhausted and fell asleep before I posted it.

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August 24: Low Spend Month Grocery Challenge and a Junk Grocery Haul

We had bacon and over easy eggs for breakfast this morning.

Today was a day of relaxing and playing games with West. Hubby mowed the lawn and I did some more laundry.

Dinner was ramen noodles for West and Hubby. I had some cottage cheese and tomatoes.

I did some grocery shopping yesterday. I think it will be last shop of the month for me.

I went to Top’s to do a few deals. One of which gave me a free rotisserie chicken because I purchased 10 boxes of on sale Pasta Roni for my basement stockpile.  West wanted peanut butter M&M’s. He says they are so much better than Reese’s pieces. Three cans of chicken breast because we love chicken salad for lunch sometimes so I rotate these through my stockpile.

Hubby likes vienna sausage so these are my first two cans in a very long time to put in my pantry.  I decided to try these flatout wraps since they are low calorie and low carb and they were B1G1F.  

The cookies and ice creams were all on sale with coupons available too. They will get eaten by Hubby and West. I found West’s hot dogs which are Ball Park Beef. I could not believe how expensive ($5.99) they were. The yogurts were all free with printable coupons and a digital Top’s coupon.

The bread was needed for grilled cheese sandwiches this week.The SteakUmms were on sale and make an easy meat with eggs in the morning. The bacon was on sale with a Top’s coupon and the eggs were $.99 a dozen.   

The total came to $ 59.09 which leaves me $ 11.12 left in
my grocery budget for the rest of the month. That will be used for milk or something else that I might need. 

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August 23: Low Spend Grocery Month Challenge

This morning I made bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast. We had no lunch.  

This afternoon we played games of Sorry and Battleship. The Battleship game brought back memories of playing it with my sons. We also got outside for some fresh air.

My grandson mentioned yesterday that his favorite meal at school was chicken in gravy over mashed potatoes. So I changed my menu to that for tonight. I did it because I was able to get a Free Rotisserie Chicken at Top’s today. More on that shop tomorrow.

Here he is eating it for dinner. Excuse the sun. He told me that it was so much better than the one he buys at school.  

I hope you all have a good evening. TTY tomorrow.