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Grocery Store Run


We hit the store today. And spent $151.

I believe this will take us through the end of the month easily. I even sat down and completed a meal plan for the next two weeks prior to going to the store to be certain.

$151 in groceries for the month when we typically spend $600 is pretty good. I know our cupboards and freezer will be pretty bare at the end of the month though.

This week we are going to have the following meals:

  • Potato bar with chicken and other toppings
  • Hot dogs and chips
  • Ham and rice cauliflower
  • Poor man stroganoff
  • Lasagna (pre-made frozen) and salad

Thank you for all the recommendations on how we can use all the chicken noodle soup we have got. We’ve stuck with the generic soup thusfar. But I’ve got some dumplings made to create a version of chicken and dumplings, and a bunch of vegetables chopped to make a bulkier soup later on in the week.

I am also kind of participating in a health “reset” for women. It’s not about money as much as it is about choosing healthier eating and mental habits. While I’m not following their meal plan, I am following along with their teaching.

And I’m saving their recipes for the future when I can be a little more flexible with our meals. Thankfully, it is free for me since it is run by a client of mine.

I am excited about this week. I have a full week of work to do. The kids are all settled into their new school schedules. And there is more growth on the horizon.

The only sad part of our weeks now are that we are rarely together. In fact, after dinner tonight, we won’t be together for a meal until Friday night. Just a crazy family schedule. Anyone else live this way with a bunch of teenagers and young adults?

My sister sent me this for Christmas. Those of you who have been a while know my heart for kids and how my long term dream is to foster and possibly adopt more down the road. I loved this present!

An Update on #NoSpendJanuary


We are almost half way through the month of January. And we have spent NO Extra Money (I did pay our rent and utility bills, of course.) Unfortunately, it does look like I will have to spend some this week.

Our Pot Bit the Dust

First, one of our 4 cooking pots bit the dust. Not only did the bottom come off, but it also almost caught fire. I honestly was going to try to make it through the month without replacing it, but with us cooking so much and only having 3 pans now, I really need too.

Thankfully, I received an Amazon gift card and a Walmart gift card for Christmas, so I won’t have to spend any cash to replace it.

Grocery Store Run

We are also running low on some of our essential groceries. Since I didn’t pre-plan for this no spend month or do a month long meal plan like I did for our No Spend October, I was less prepared with stocked shelves this time.

Therefore, I don’t feel super bad about having to spend some money on groceries. We are still primarily eating through the freezer and pantry, but there are some things we need. I will report back on how that goes. I’ve been putting it off and haven’t even made a list yet.

As a sidenote, we did run out of propane tonight. Discovered when Sea Cadet tried to make us burgers. We ended up pan frying them which was fine. But I’ll be adding propane to my February list.

Is anyone else doing a #NoSpendJanuary? How’s it going?