Good morning, Sweet Ladies!
We've completed the third week of our Dollar S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g, Cabinet-Clearing, Clean-Up-The-Food Project for January 2018 and, for the most part, we're still on track.
Week #3 of the challenge was pretty uneventful. As reported last week, John and I went to the store on Tuesday and I really thought that would be our last trip for the month, but I forgot about one more celebration that we had coming up (Burns Night/cousin's birthday), so had to make one more trip out this week (again on Tuesday) to finish up. On this trip we spent $34.44 on food.
We've definitely spent more money on food than I had planned to in January, but the foods purchased have either been fresh stuff, that we would have had to buy all along anyway, or else (and this is where most of it has come into play) specific items needed for specific events and celebrations. It seems that with just John and I this would be easy, but, the truth is, we have a big family and we love to celebrate. We'd much rather put our money into food, and such, as an investment in creating sweet memories with those we love, than to sit on it and miss out on the blessings that come with spending time with family and being hospitable. Despite money spent and special food items purchased, in our daily menu planning (my weekly menus may be viewed in my weekly Happy Homemaking Monday posts), we have pretty much stayed on plan and have cleaned up a lot of the older stuff that's been hidden away in the cabinets and freezer for weeks. Overall this challenge has kept me focused and has encouraged me to keep on keepin' on and, for that, I am truly thankful! 💓
Another bit of good news is, we've eaten all our meals at home this month, except one, and that was off the dollar menu at McDonald's (not that that was good, but it didn't cost much) and I'm realizing that we eat much more fresh food than we used to, which IS good! 🍒🍌🍎🍍
Some of the things cleared out over the past week include canned beans (chili), canned fish (tuna patties), frozen meat (main dishes and soups), and a lot of those frozen vegetables that we started off at the first of the month with.
Well, Ladies, such as it is, that's it for Week #3!
Until next time...
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