Monday, January 15, 2018

January 1-15 2018: Buying and Eating

Allocation for the month:  $381.30 plus a carryover cushion of $326.60.

Once again, just like last year, we are eating a high protein, low carb diet this month to help counter the effects of too many holiday goodies.  Translation:  expensive.

 I also decided to try and accomplish a low shop month as far as groceries are concerned.  ( I know, doesn't make great sense.)  This is to help kick start a needed clean out of stuff in the freezer and pantry.  I hope to do this a couple more times this year.

What we ate:
Roast pork, sauerkraut, black eyed peas, corn; roasted chicken, Caesar salad, mashed cauliflower; liver and onions for me since Mike is at a sailing event; soybean and beef chili with cheese quesadilla using low carb tortillas and tofu chocolate mousse;  meatzza (pizza with a meat base);  savory spinach cheesecake, cucumber dill salad, bleu cheese slaw; leftover chili with deli cold cuts and cheese rolls; leftover savory cheesecake and salads;  Greek egg and lemon chicken soup; ham and cheese Florentine casserole; eggplant Parmesan with meatballs, salad; grilled pork chops with salad and fried cabbage; leftover ham and cheese Florentine casserole; leftover eggplant Parmesan

What we bought:

Aldi:  Splendid type sweetener to replace the Stevia sweetener I had purchased but neither of us liked. $3.89

Wal-Mart:  low carb tortillas, almond flour. $16.60

Wegmans:  low carb bread. $3.79

Aldi:  a low carb stock up
Eggs (3), mixed hard cheeses (7), ricotta, cottage cheese, cream, (2), Brussels sprouts, cucumber, cantaloupe, braunschweiger , peanuts, almond, mixed nuts, blackberries (2)   $54.42

Eating Out:

Barstool Sailing:  $10.86

We spent $78.70 on groceries the first half of the month and $10.86 eating out for a total of $89.56.  Not bad!

We have $291.74 for the next half of the month.  My goal is to spend about a third of that and roll the rest over into the cushion. 

I inventoried the freezer today and if I can just control my "bargain" impulses we can make it.  I live in hope.

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