Thanksgiving Challenge Total: $115.25!!!!!!!!!!!
The only thing not included are parsnips, which they were out of at Harris Teeter, so add like $2 to the total when I can get them tomorrow, but that still won’t put us over $126. It’s hard to believe we made it with room to spare!
The Challenge was actually really easy thanks to our food + blog perks and my thrifty meal plans 🙂 I actually see a lot of parallels with weight loss and food journaling – when you make yourself aware and hold yourself accountable, suddenly it seems black and white what you need to do to cut back. A little planning goes a looooong way to help you succeed. And just like when I was losing weight and had a really healthy week, leaving the grocery store having spent only $25 and knowing it would cover all meals for the week was a glorious feeling.
I definitely plan to continue the Challenge into December, but I’ll lighten up on the intensity of detailing every purchase. I will plan to report our grocery total in December to you all, and I hope it’s much closer to $100 than $500! I know it’s possible.
Here are this week’s (Thanksgiving’s) purchases. I even managed to include a new bottle of extra virgin olive oil, 2 kinds of butter, a bag of sugar, chicken sausages for the dressing, a gallon of organic milk, a bottle of diet tonic and mayonnaise (which we’re out of) on sale for $1.59! Thankfully all of our parents are bringing a dish to share, which helped tremendously, and Karen bought the turkey!
After I came home from class I cleaned the poopy kitchen floor and headed back out to EarthFare. I decided to save my snack and see what samples EF had out. Good decision! While there I nibbled on: a cheese cube, a tiny truffle piece, 2 peanut butter Puffins (!!), a cantaloupe, a bread piece with jam, and a 1″ piece of cheesecake
After EarthFare I headed to Harris Teeter for pantry stuff like the butter (EF only has organic + expensive kinds), sugar (EF doesn’t have granulated), and local kale (EF’s is from CA). EF is a much smaller grocery store so they don’t always have the best selection. The bananas and carrots came from Trader Joe’s, which the husband stopped by after work today.
Dinner tonight continued the thrifty theme with leftover pasta and beans. The combo I created was actually quite delicious!
We had tons of leftover pasta from Sunday night:
I took about 2/3 a cup of navy beans and mashed them with 1 tsp EVOO, red pepper flakes, S+P.
Then I cooked 2 small zucchini in some cooking spray and added baby spinach at the last minute to wilt. The whole bowl was then drizzled in another half tsp of EVOO and topped with more S+P. It was yummy! I kind of ate the beans like I do peanut butter in oats – a little bit on the fork and then some veggies and a stab of pasta.
SO EXCITED that I have tomorrow off. I have a to-do list of things to catch up on, but no sweat if I save some of them for Thursday-Sunday. The husband is working from 6am-7pm tomorrow but he has Thursday and Friday off……….
OMG – I just went to check the calendar and the husband hasn’t had a day off of work since MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! That was an entire MONTH ago!!! Poor thing!! He’s been working really hard. We both need a breather this Thursday/Friday.
Off to take a bath