Monday, March 20, 2017

March, Part two

During the first third of the month I spent almost exactly one half of the March allotment.  I have $190.70 left to spend.  Of course, I could spend some of the rollovers from January and February ($180.46 in total) but what's the fun and challenge in that?

Cream (2), dill pickles, green peppers, eggs (2), cereal snack bars, onions (2), zucchini, Romaine (3), blue cheese, feta cheese, lemon juice.  The cost was  $24.16.

Trader Joe's:
Sprouted grain bread (6),  chocolate covered almonds (2) for a total of $31.13.

We also bought pizza while at Jim and Robin's for $13.75.

We have $121.66 for the rest of the month.  Should be Okay.

What did we eat:

Ham loaf, asparagus, Greek salad and egg custard; leftovers; baba ghanoush, hummus, Mediterranean tuna, chocolate pudding;  homemade ham salad sandwich and homemade bean with bacon soup;Parmesan crusted fish, asparagus,mushrooms and yogurt with strawberries;  corned beef, cabbage, deviled eggs and Kentucky high day pie; 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March, Part One

For the month of March the government says I should be able to feed us frugally on $381.61.  Added to that, I can, if needed, use all or part of January's rollover of $ 68.02 and February's rollover of $112.44.  Therefore, I could, if I so desire, spend up to a total of $562.07.

Since we are still relying on items in our stockpile, my goal is to once again have a rollover of funds at the end of this month.  These and other rollover funds will eventually be used to rebuild stocks of meat and other items.

In fact, some was used to purchase Lenten fish and seafood this month when we went to Aldi and took  advantage of some sales.  We bought:
Medium shrimp (2), Ah I tuna, tilapia, scallops, mussels, canned soup (2), corned beef brisket and asparagus.  We spent a total of $39.19

Dollar Tree:
Molasses for $1

After a good meeting with my surgeon we treated ourselves to lunch at a cost of $22.58.  Pricey but enjoyable.

We went to Wal-Mart and bought:
Splenda, honey ham, roast beef, flour tortillas and spent $12.14

We also gave into temptation in D.C. and went to Trader Joe's where we bought:
Cheese (three types of cheddar and two types of Swiss), a liter of olive oil, almonds,black bean rottini, and a loaf of multigrain rustic bread.  The total is $41.66.

In D.C. and on the way home we ate out twice.
Subway salads for $14.52 and
Bob Evans for $21.71

At this point in the month we have spent $152.80 and have $409.27 for the remaining month.

Another trip to Aldi:
Strawberries (2), medium shrimp, sugar free strawberry preserves, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, eggplant. For a total of $13.23

A trip to Shur-Fine where we bought:
Cheese (4 lbs.), tomatoes, cottage cheese, cream cheese, Bob Evans sausage (2) and paid $24.04.

We have now spent $176.06 and have $385.23 left for the rest of the month.  Time to slow down.

Save a Lot:
Olives, cabbage, cream, cheese (4) for $11.00

Whole Foods:
Tahiti for $3.95

Really, Sandy, slow down on the buying!

One third of the month is gone and we have spent $190.91, over half of March's basic allotment.  Not good.

What did we eat this month?:
Homemade veggie pizza, leftover nachos and guacamole, leftover pizza,dinner courtesy of Megen, dinner out courtesy of Ash, soup and grilled cheese, chef salad and garlic bread, Asian spicy peanut noodles, savory spinach cheesecake,
Southern BBQ, eggplant parmesan.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Back At It

The wound vac is off.
I'm no longer homebound.
My incision is healing well.
And I am back to outpatient physical therapy for my shoulder.

While I was homebound I had two wonderful physical therapists who came in three times a week to help make sure my shoulder didn't lose too much ground.  Barb and John did a great job.  I could have been in deep trouble having to take six weeks off.  Instead, I have lost very little of my range of motion or strength.  Hooray!

Our goal is to be back in England no later than May.  Quite doable.

Life is back on track.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February, Part Two

Home again, but still keeping the food simple, we ate soups and comfort food for several days.  After three weeks of cafeteria food that would win no awards, it tasted heavenly.

What did we eat:
homemade tortilla pizza, sloppy Joe, chili, clam chowder, grilled chicken breast with green soy beans and cumin seasoned acorn squash, steak ( part of a gift from our girls) with mushrooms and Brussels sprouts, pork chops with spinach-cheese patties, leftovers (of course), homemade bean with bacon soup and roast beef salad sandwich, chicken fajitas and broccoli,grilled ham steak and asparagus, brats and beans, marinated chicken breast, leftover soup and sandwich, Joyce's chicken salad, chili and either egg salad or tuna salad wraps, southern bbq, nachos and guacamole.

Mike was still the designated shopper during this time period, and he likes small shops done frequently. This works because he sticks to the list unless he sees a super deal like eggs for 45 cents a dozen.  Just add them to the stockpile.

What did we spend:
Onions, mushrooms (2), eggs (2),cream cheese, strawberries  at a cost of $7.05

Mozzarella and cheddar Cheese (6) at a cost of $8.90

Whole Foods Co-Op: $9.12
Dry soybeans, fresh natural peanut butter, green soy beans

Save a Lot:
10 pounds of chicken leg quarters for $2.90

Low carb tortillas(2 pks) for $5.98

Cream, strawberries, baby Bella mushrooms (2), pork rinds (for Mike)  for $6.65

Werther's (2), orbit gum (2) :  $6.53
Balance:  $278.89

And then there was the monthly salvage shop where I bought:
Low carb tortillas, tomato sauce (6), salsa, spaghetti, Pam, evaporated milk, Nestle crema (2), Mac and cheese, noodles Alfredo, Siracha, corn, green beans, spinach, sauerkraut, black beans, cream of asparagus soup, green chillies, chicken stock, beef stock, coffee (3), nuts (6).  The cost was $28.85.  Not bad.

We had three more days of February and a balance, including January's extra, of $250.04.  Then we shopped.

Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, summer sausage, cream,Roma tomatoes, green peppers, bagged salad (2), olives. The total spent was $19.00

Price Rite:
Queso for frying, ricotta, lavish.  The total spent was $9.34

We also treated yourself to lunch out at a Thai place:  $25.22
And then lunch out with friends:  $16.02

Our current balance as the month ends:  $180.46
Of that $68.02 was the January rollover.  $112.44 will be the February rollover.
We spent $230.28 this month.
That averages $8.22 per day, $4.11 per person per day.

I'm happy.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


I have been quiet the last couple of weeks.  But, I have a good reason. Just after the last post I was readmitted to the hospital with abdominal abscesses. Another surgery and countless bags of antibiotics later, I am back home recovering.

So, what was eaten and bought during the first two weeks of February?

First, how much money do we have for February.
28days times $12.31 per day equals $344.68.  Plus the carryover of unspent money from January, $68.02, equals a total of $412.70available in February.

It didn't take long to start shopping.  Tops had a great sale.  If a certain amount of ground beef was purchased several items were available free.  So, we bought
Ground round (part for stockpile); and we got chilli beans, cheese, taco seasoning, crushed tomatoes, tortilla chips, Italian bread; Greek yogurt; sour cream; ketchup; tea bags;

A total of $14.31 was spent leaving a balance of $398.39

A shop at Aldi was next.  We bought:
Italian sausage; Italian seasoning; bratwurst; tomatoes; mushrooms; Romaine lettuce; avocados; sweet peppers; cucumbers; pepperoni; saltines; eggs; broccoli; corn; bleu,Parmesan and mozzarella cheese; blueberries, cream;cottage cheese

A total of $41.64 was spent leaving a balance of $356.75.

And then some meals out took a chunk.  $20.75  The balance going forward was $336

Another Aldi shop saw us buying:  oatmeal; potatoes; OJ; jam; bananas; chipotles peppers

The cost was $9.34 for a balance of $326.66

A Wal-Mart shop saw the purchase of flour tortillas; olives; cilantro and a lime.

The cost:  $8.64 for a balance of  $322.02
So far $84.08 has been spent in total.

So,what was eaten:
Pork chop;Joyce's chicken salad; Italian sausage with onions and mushrooms; salad; tortilla pizza; macaroni and cheese; grilled turkey and cheese sandwich;guacamole and refried beans; chili; clam chowder

Not a bad first two weeks.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Almost Lost Week, Week 4, January 2017

From Early last Saturday until past dinnertime on Wednesday, I was the guest of St. Vincent Hospital.  I was "consuming " bag after bag of fluids and antibiotics.
Mike was heating up leftovers:  quiche, burritos, pork chop, ham and cheese sandwiches, Buffalo turkey meat ball salad.  I love how leftovers can get you through some no-cook times.

Thursday I talked Mike through a turkey, ham, cheese and artichoke casserole. Since I made it up as we went along I was surprisingly pleased with the results.
Friday we had Aunt Joyce's Chicken Salad with cranberry cheddar quesadillas.
Saturday a Friend brought over delicious vegetable soup and wonderful crusty bread.
Sunday was a leftovers night.
Monday I was back in the hospital with complications from my perforated appendix.  And Mike was eating leftovers or from the cafeteria. ($4.87)

As for groceries, we started with$87.99 left to spend.
Topps had skinless, boneless chicken breast on sale for $1.88/pound.  I bought ten pounds.  Some is for now and some is for the stockpile.
I also bought four dozen eggs at fifty cents a dozen for the stockpile.

Total spent:  $12.00
Total remaining:  $71.12

Mike went to Aldi and picked up some 'essentials' :  olives, Greek yogurt, and (my favorite) pork rinds.

Total spent:  $7.97
Total remaining:  $63.15

The $63.15 will rollover as a cushion for February.  All things considered, it was a good month since we relied on leftovers instead of restaurants.

Now to see what February brings.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Detour on the way to Posting Food Challenge: January, Week 3

I was all ready to write and post this update, but then life happened.  My appendix perforated last Saturday.  Sunday I was operated on.  I came home last night after dinner.

Below is a summary of what we bought and ate during the third week of January.

Monday, January 16th at Aldi

Spent $32.43

Purchased:  cheese (feta, blue, parmesan); ground turkey (2lbs.); mushrooms; green peppers (2); romaine hearts (3); yellow onions (3 lb.); cucumbers (3); tomatoes (4); cream (2); garlic powder; cheese stuffed red peppers; soy sauce; SF jam; blueberries (2); dry ranch dressing mix; dry Italian dressing mix; flax seed;

Money remaining:  $97.99

What we have eaten:  tuna patties, salad, fried cabbage;  stuffed pork chops, broccoli with hollandaise, salad, SF frosting peanut butter/ chocolate fudge;  quiche and blueberries; meat, bean and cheese burritos;  ham and cheese sandwiches; Buffalo chicken meatballs, yogurt, green beans with almonds and brown butter;

Total  Grocery money spent $ 220.43.  Total Restaurant money spent:  $63.18
Total to date spent:  $293.61.   Money remaining:  $87.99