I now know that I COULD have shared my 30 journey with you for the challenge that All You magazine put out there. My paperwork is all in and awaiting review, it is entirely too munch info for one post so, I will give it to you in weekly summaries. Here is my last week:
Sunday, July 11th -Branson Trip!
Breakfast: cold cereal, orange juice
Lunch: fridge clean out: left over chicken & dumplings, apple sauce,
Snack: popcorn and lime Jell-O
Dinner! Pasta bake with garlic bread. Rotini with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese, layered and baked.
Monday, July 12th -Branson Trip!
Breakfast: Waffles, scrambled eggs, tater tot potato pancakes.
Lunch: Chicken Salad Sandwiches (from Pioneer dinner show), fruit, chips, sweet tea
Snack: fruit chiller
Dinner! Leftover pasta bake
Tuesday, July 13th
Breakfast: breakfast cookies, orange juice
Lunch: baked mac n cheese, carrot/celery, milk
Snack: (never had one)!
Dinner! Grilled turkey burgers, German potato salad
Wednesday, July 14th
Breakfast: V8Fusion Juice, scrambled eggs, English muffin
Lunch: cold plate: diced ham, cheese, cherries, multi grain crackers and milk
Snack: frozen GoGurt
Dinner! Pepperoni pizza and Greek Salad
****Grocery Shopping Today (Sentry)
• 2 gallons of skim milk
• Wheat bread
• Hamburger buns (traded to neighbor for Greek Salad!)
Spent $7.95 Saved $0
Thursday, July 15th
Breakfast: yogurt and breakfast cookie
Lunch: shredded chicken quesadillas, carrot sticks, milk
Snack: Frozen GoGurt
Dinner! Grilled steaks, pan fried potatoes, corn
Friday, July 16th
Breakfast: French Toast with frozen strawberries
Lunch: cheese, crackers, diced chicken, lemonade
Snack: peach smoothie!
Dinner! Veggie pizza ( cream cheese, broccoli and cauliflower) – cheddar?
Saturday, July 17th
Breakfast: eggs Benedict, grapes
Lunch: (party plate!) Left over veggie pizza, left over BBQ meatballs, mini fruit kabobs
Snack: Homemade nachos! (Ground turkey, cheese sauce, diced tomato, refried beans)
Dinner! Turkey Divan
So this ends the four week challenge!
We COULD have spend $300, but only spent $64.52 – and that included about $9 of non food items! (81.6% under budget)!!
This falls under my normal budget of $100, but that also includes personal care and pet items. This challenge DID get me to become a little more creative with our meals instead of being in the “same old rut” that is so easy to fall into. I used my stock pile, occasional food swapping and took better advantage of leftovers. During this challenge period I also brought items to parties, packed a lot of food for the family vacation and had fun letting my 4 year old daughter help.
This has been a lot of fun to participate in!