It felt good to get caught up with laundry yesterday and we all have a weeks worth of clothes to get us through, but had to add some basics to the Target run. Both DD2 and I needed a restocking of underwear. I am happy that the teen styles now can be bought in multi packs and my industrial sized ones come in pretty cuts and colors as well. I needed new tights, the stretching and the zippers from boots having taken a toll on mine. I also grabbed a simple pair of black leggings for under dresses. The price is staggering for decent ones, but if I end up with snags or holes, I'll replace 2X over so just splurged and got the better quality of both.
Meal plan for the week includes:
- Hamburger rice hot dish with broccoli ( a humongous 32ounce bag in freezer)
- Chicken fried rice with corn, peas, and green beans
- Chicken wild rice soup with biscuits
- Hamburger steaks with roasted red potatoes, remaining vegetables from fried rice
- Penne Pasta with meat sauce, foccacia herbed bread
- Hard shell tacos with hamburger, tomatoes, and Spanish rice (rationed the last of the cheese for these, unless I choose cheese instead of apples)
- Meatballs, garlic mashed potatoes, and broccoli
Breakfast-banana muffins or bread, pumpkin bread, pancakes, French toast, remaining cereals and oatmeal packets
Lunches-any leftovers, tuna sandwiches, pre-baked potatoes, canned soups
Snacks-popcorn, remaining pretzels and Goldfish crackers, leftover muffins and breads, cookies
I'll amuse DH and let him do a big grocery shop on Thursday. He has been pretty well behaved for the most part, only slipping in a few extra squares of ice cream a couple times in November, and a few other incidental items not on my list. He is itching to do a big shop, which should motivate him to help me clean out the fridge later today. For December, I'm going to give myself an ambitious target of $400, which must include the added Christmas shopping. A tall order considering one additional adult for a week, and one, potentially two more for an additional four days. I will deploy kitchen wizardry and hope to stock the freezer with soups, chili, ready to warm up meats for hot dishes, and sale priced burgers and chicken breasts.
I've been playing with some budget targets for 2017, but in current unpublished state it calls for us to save over $4,000 a month. Hah-will do some retweaking and some reality checking and see where we can reprioritize. Though concentrating on just the groceries, shaving an average of $75-$100 per month, sure gives a boost to where I was in previous years. Anyone else setting goals for December groceries and even 2017 yet?