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$20 limit

December 30th, 2011 at 06:06 pm

Not only did I stay under $20, I managed to go to the grocery store one day later than last week -- so I stretched my pantry 8 days instead of 7.

Here is what $20 bought this week:

Bag of salad spring mix (on sale)
18 eggs (on sale)
3 fresh-baked bolillos (on sale)
Half gallon skim milk
2 3-lb. bags cat food
Tube of house brand biscuits (on sale)

The salad is for my low-carb days, as well as the eggs. I will hard-boil some of them.

The bolillos I will have in place of bread this week. A loaf of bread goes stale too quickly for me. Even though I freeze the surplus it seems like it always gets freezer-burned, no matter how carefully I wrap it. Anyway, having the fresh bolillos will be a real pleasure. On my high-carb days.

The milk -- I have given up and will only purchase a half-gallon at a time. This week I made white sauce and sausage gravy (freezing both) just to use up my milk. I can't keep doing that indefinately. And I can't drink/use a gallon before it goes bad.

Why two bags of cat food? One is higher-nutrition, for my indoor cats, and the other is cheap, for my feral cat.

The biscuits are for using up that sausage gravy! On my high-carb days.

I'm on a low-carb day today. I had sausage for breakfast and a low-carb soup for lunch. For dinner I will have the meat left over from my Monte Cristo sandwich wrapped around cheese sticks and warmed in the microwave.

I've lost two pounds. Of course, it comes off quickly when it has been put on quickly. I'll be glad to get back to where I was when I came home from the hospital in August. That's 12 pounds lighter than I am now!

I also got a few errands done today. I took a necklace to the jeweler to be repaired. I've been meaning to do this for a year -- why did I put it off? It will only cost $22.

And does anybody remember the $2 suit I bought over Thanksgiving? I finally took it to the cleaners to have the pants lengthened and to get it cleaned.

Yesterday I walked to the library and returned "The Help." I saw that another movie I wanted to see was in -- "Sarah's Key." Renting that was another $2 spent, but I am happy to support the library. By the way, older DVDs are rented free; it's just the "hot picks" that cost $2. And I can keep them for 3 days.

It's cold and rainy today, so I'm staying in now. I think I would rather have snow. At least it's pretty!

4 Responses to “$20 limit”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Yum, bolillos! I'm going to Mexico next month; hope to get some then!

    When NT lived alone, he would separate his loaf of bread into pairs of slices, then put each pair in a separate baggie and freeze. He said that worked really well to keep bread fresh.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    It's a good day to be indoors and watch films, isn't it? Happy New Year!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    We enjoyed "The Help." Did you?

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I liked it well enough. I agree with PS's earlier comments that it was "very Hollywood." I rather enjoyed seeing Sissy Spacek in the "old lady" role -- she was great! And kind of interesting that she took the role, since in her younger days she starred in "The Long Walk Home," set in the same era and region, but in that one she had more of the "Skeeter" role.

    I thought Viola Davis and the actress who played Minnie stole the show, though.

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