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Hit the $40 Mark!

August 3rd, 2014 at 12:02 pm

On Friday I found a nickel at the train station, which pushed my found money up to an even $40. Then, for good measure, I found a penny today in the laundry room!

Saturday was a busy day. My ex's sister and her husband were in town. They are still friends of mine, so we got together. It was their grandson's birthday, and they invited me to his birthday party at Red Lobster. I spent $14 on Legos and gift wrap, since I didn't want to come empty-handed. In turn, they paid for my dinner! Which was totally unnecessary, but they insisted.

I also did my grocery shopping. My ten items were: croutons, tuna, dishwasher detergent, granola, Grands biscuits, frozen pizza, ground beef, blueberries, cat litter, and romaine lettuce. $32. I had a 10% off coupon and a coupon to get the ground beef for 2.99 a lb. Also had a coupon for the kitty litter, which was also on sale (along with everything else!)

This morning I froze half the ground beef in patties and cooked the rest and made spaghetti sauce.

I also did two loads of laundry for $3.

At noon I made myself a salad and realized I was out of salad dressing. So I looked up a recipe and made some honey-mustard dressing. I think I'm done with buying dressing. It's so easy to make good dressing from scratch.

Tonight I'm going to have the stuffed flounder that I brought home from the restaurant, along with the green beans I got on the side. I definitely cannot eat a whole restaurant meal any more, which is a good thing! I always get an extra meal!

I've eaten all my frozen muffins, so breakfasts this week are going to be yogurt and blueberries (as long as the berries last!) and granola bars. I have lots of leftovers in the freezer for lunches. Dinners will start with spaghetti, and after I get sick of that, there is more salad, tuna, plenty of eggs, and the makings for grilled cheese sandwiches -- as well as the frozen pizza. I feel I am doing really well on my ten-item limit. I could probably even roll it back to nine and have enough to eat!

The Grands biscuits I bought are for making breakfast sandwiches. That will be next week's project, since I didn't buy sausage (or ham, or whatever filling I end up with). It didn't make the list, since nothing was on sale! But the biscuits were.

Today I think I'm coming down with a cold. My throat is sore and my head is woozy. I feel okay when I take Advil, and I think it's time again!

But I am happy to report that the pain in my legs is getting better. I even navigated the stairs today without pain. Is it the apple cider vinegar? Who knows, maybe it really does help with inflammation. And it certainly is cheap!

6 Responses to “Hit the $40 Mark!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    You have been productive! I think I might start with the ACV since it is good for inflammation. I've read inflammation is the beginnings of many diseases, so it sure can't hurt. How are you taking your ACV and how much daily?

  2. beawealthywarrior Says:

    @CCF, I use Bragg's ACV and normally put a couple teaspoons of it in 8 oz of water first thing in the morning.

  3. snafu Says:

    I'd no idea what 'Grands Biscuits' were and delighted with googled results. http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/ingredient/biscuits
    I use Bisquick or a home made replica mix but never thought of all the ideas offered by on the Pillsbury site. I've bookmarked the page and plan to go down the list making one batch of those items alternate weeks. I need to ramp up my repertoire with new ideas. Thanks for the lead.

    Really like the 10 item list idea but categorize non edibles, pet food and their supplies separately; different budget/line item
    I am trying to make a 10 item list mesh with our meal/menu planning routine.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks...that is what I have done in the past. I think the tastes gets a bit old after awhile and then I stop. Need a new plan!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    CCF, I've been heating a mug of water in the microwave and then adding a tablespoon of ACV and a teaspoon of honey. The honey helps cut the taste.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's great about passing the $40 mark on found money!

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