Sorry I'm a little late with this, but it's been a busy week. I do flowers and I have two weddings coming up- one this Saturday and one next Saturday! I'm trying to get my house in order before tomorrow, when I get the flowers, so I am so busy! But I think I should qualify "do flowers" as you may begin to think I'm some professional or something. It's just a hobby that I love. I took a class in college and did my brother-in-law's wedding. It was so fun! I only do it for myself, friends, or family. Especially weddings. We've all met bridezillas and I have no intention of subjecting myself to someone that nit-picky. I won't do it under those circumstances. It's something that's fun for me and that's all there is to it.
Alright, on to the plan. For this week I tried to choose some easier meals, especially for the weekend, because of our busy schedule. I'm also going to try my hand at making my own granola, granola bars, and bread.
Granola - sunflower seeds, walnuts, coconut, flax seed meal, milk
Cream of wheat
W French onion soup, salad - onion (.25/lb), Swiss cheese
T Chicken tacos - jalapeno
F Pizza - red onion, bell pepper
S Sandwiches, apples & granola bars
M Bean burritos - flour tortillas, garlic, jalapeno
T Shepherd's pie - ground beef
Dawn dish soap
So how did I do?
Stater Bros 7.86
Drats. Part of the problem was purchasing yogurt (2.49) and the Swiss cheese (2.69). That alone makes up the difference, but next time I won't have to buy granola ingredients. I think buying a smaller amount of cheese from the deli counter might help as well, plus I plan on trying my hand at making yogurt, which is why I bought it in the first place. You need active yogurt cultures to make your own. I also went a little produce crazy, but at least we'll be eating well.
Did I mention how excited I am about the jam I made? No? Well, it set up perfectly and tasted divine. I love mixing it into things like cream of wheat or yogurt. Delicious. I store mine in quart sized ziploc bags because they last longer and store better in the freezer. I can't give too much of it away because I'm not planning on making more; last year I made 4 batches whereas I only made 2 this year.
I think I'm still on the road to budgeting success, I just need to execute my plan better.
Must... resist... spending... money...