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$293 left

July 20th, 2011 at 05:57 am

I spent my first $7 out of the $300 allotted for the next 30 days. I stopped at the farmer's market on the way to work and bought apricots and cherries.

I pictured this as a typical thing I might do as a retiree, but soon realized that, while lovely, the produce was not cheap. Rather upscale farmer's market. But I couldn't resist having something fresh and out of the ordinary.

I shared a few cherries with my boss, who loves them, thus sowing seeds of good will at work!

I recalled that a co-worker had brought in a Tres Leches cake yesterday, so I just had a piece for breakfast. Not very healthy, but free and delicious.

I have some spending challenges ahead. I need a haircut. I need an oil change. I have promised to take my DIL out for her birthday this weekend (yes, I've mentioned it before; it keeps getting put off).

I'm also facing my first dilemma. Last night I had baked chicken thighs for dinner, and soon after I felt some -- hmmm -- gastrointestinal discomfort. The last time I had chicken thighs, last week, I had the same reaction, only somewhat worse. I'm taking them from the freezer, from a big batch I bought on sale and divided into individual servings. I think I have to throw the rest away, if they are going to make me sick. Oh, how I hate that! And just when I want to stretch what I have on hand.

5 Responses to “$293 left”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Your health is worth more than a bulk package of chicken thighs! Hope you are feeling better.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    I agree with Rob - you can't eat food that makes you sick. BUT I also understand not wanting to toss good food away. I would look at it as a challenge to be more creative with meals Smile

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Aww--nothing worse than feeling bad. Throw out the offensive thighs, I think. I applaud your challenge. It seems remarkable to me and I'm eager to see how you do.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    Could you be having a reaction to the msg that is often in fresh and frozen meats?

  5. CB in the City Says:

    No, they were fresh thighs and baked them with just a little salt and pepper.

    I'm still queasy today, so I'm starting to think I have a bug and it has nothing to do with the chicken.

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