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Happy New Year!

December 28th, 2017 at 04:49 am

So, my new year (financially) has begun! My first spending in my January budget was $23 at Aldi and $28 at the gas station.

My ten items at Aldi were: tea, coffee, graham crackers, granola, club crackers, flour, spinach, frozen pizza, frozen chicken breasts, and white vinegar.

In keeping with the pantry challenge, I'll try to make that my last grocery shop in this budget cycle.

The gas was $2.40 per gallon, about as good as I can get in this area. I get a .03 per gallon discount for using my Food4Less card.

That puts me at 7% on my variables, which have been reworked for 2018. I am working with about $10 less per month. Assessment fees went up, and utilities went up a little, but taxes/insurance were less than the year before, so I made that adjustment, and came out with only the $10 reduction.

Today I'm going to use up some leftover sloppy joe filling, as well as chopped celery, onion and Brussels sprouts, in fried rice. I got free shaved Brussels sprouts from my DIL before they left town. I had some in a salad yesterday, but I need to figure out how to use it up faster. May just steam and eat as a side dish.

It's VERY cold here, and I would just stay inside, but I have to go out to feed my son's cats, so I might as well go to the gym, too. I will wait till it's light, though!

4 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. jp Says:

    for the Brussel sprouts: lightly toss with olive oil, bake in the oven (425 for 20 min, stirring at 10 min), then drizzle balsamic vinegar and honey over top. Soooo good!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Sounds good!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    You got a good price on gas...cheaper than it is in our town downstate and it went up again yesterday afternoon.

    It's cold here too. I'm dreading the power bill at the end of January.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    We're having a major cold snap here too. Our gas bill has already gone up ... the average billing was increased $7/mo. After this month, I wouldn't be surprised if it goes up more.

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