I'm questioning already my ability to stay at $350 for the entire month. DH picks up little extras and I am determined to count those purchases as well because these are the spending leaks that start little, but can derail a savings goal. I know, cut the guy some slack. Other challenge months I've ignored, but criticizing 1/2 gallon of ice cream in a flavor only he likes and an eight pack of frozen burritos seems fair. I'm at $204, with a balance of $146 to August 31. Remember, this is to include all household spending as well.
I was off work yesterday for the funeral, but it was also DH's birthday. We needed to do a little celebration I had signed him up for the Ruby Tuesday birthday promotion so we took him out for dinner, using his free burger coupon. Ruby Tuesday's has always been a favorite of ours. I love the Ruby Tuesday salad bar and the girls have liked the variety of sides, or combinations to put together your own meal. DH and DS , meat eaters, have always been satisfied with their burgers, adding the salad bar on the side to fill any holes in their appetites. We don't have one right in town, so even though just a chain, it feels like a real dinner out when we go there- infrequently. This will be our only dinner out for the month. Today is the college visit, lunch provided for both DD2 and guest (me), so other than gas and maybe a coffee and juice for the road, an inexpensive day.
I'm going to get boring on you all, but consider this for my own accountability. Below are the meal ideas I came up with earlier in the week. Strike through are meals we have had. Red text means it was omitted, and underlined means it was added as I discovered additional options. I'm putting the country style ribs in the crock pot for tonight's dinner. Counting tonight's meal, my list of meals above should take us to August 24th, with a couple spares, leaving only a week of meals to plan. Of course we need fresh items like fruit, veg, milk, bread, eggs, and yogurt well before the 25th, and likely more sandwich meat. I added a flat bread pizza tot he list-both homemade pizza and soup are great for using up the last of whatever is in your fridge or freezer, while providing a hearty meal. Though seeing the options laid out, what we have used so far and what is remaining, I have better encouragement that I'll ace this challenge.
Vegetarian Chili Country boneless ribs, roasted potatoes, corn.(tonight)
- Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables
Spaghetti and Meat marinara (no meat)sauce, Italian vegetable blend garlic cheese bread from leftover buns
- Meatless mock lasagna with extra vegetables
- Goulash with hamburger, green beans
- Baked chicken, rice pilaf, corn
Homemade chicken nuggets, cheesy potatoes, green beans Chicken fried rice and mixed vegetables Grilled Roasted chicken sandwiches and sweet potato wedges, pasta salad
- Bean burritos, with cheese, black bean, corn, and tomato salsa/salad (not the ones DH bought!)
- Chicken wraps with peppers, cucumbers
- Pork loin, grilled vegetables, pasta salad
- Italian sausage on buns, french fries
- Chicken Alfredo, mixed vegetables
- Vegetable curry and basmati rice
- Rice crust vegetable and cheese quiche
- Tuna noodle hot dish and vegetables
- Chicken Cordon Bleu, broccoli cheese rice
- Use it up vegetable noodle soup, Homemade wheat bread
- Hamburger, onion, veg, assorted cheese(whatever is left to use up)flat bread homemade pizza (since we had spaghetti meatless, I have an extra 1/2 pound of hamburger)