Thursday, February 19, 2009
Yesterday was some early spring cleaning. My house is in sad shape and needs a good thorough cleaning. I started in the bath and laundry rooms. I hope to finish each area within a week. If not I will just work until everything is marked off the list and then move on to the next room. Tomorrow's main to-do is to clean the cabinets in the bathroom and the pantry area in the laundry room. I can restock the bathroom from my stockpile and get a good idea of what I have in smaller pantry.
Today was plenty of cooking. I made a reasonably priced pot of Brunswick stew. The pork was free thanks to my dad who killed a hog at the end of last year. I had $4 in chicken breasts, $4 in vegetables, cheap ketchup and barbecue sauce at about $2, and free Worcestershire sauce. I will say I had $10 in the entire pot, and I got 8 meals out of it. I think $1.25 is reasonable for a meal for two with probably one serving of leftovers. I packed it in reusable freezer containers.
My second big cooking today was pizzas. I made six to put in the freezer. I did the dough in my bread machines and par-baked it. I added cheese ($10), turkey pepperoni ($3), ground deer ($0), mushrooms ($1.50), piece of onion found at the bottom of the fridge, half a can of crushed pineapple ($.50), part of a bell pepper ($.50), and a large can of olives which we chopped ourselves ($1). I used about a bag of flour ($5). The rest of the dough ingredients including the yeast were minimal so I am not going to try to figure out the cost of those. Let's round up to $24 for the total cost; that is only $4 per pizza. Keep in mind I live out in the country so delivery pizza is not an option. The closest pizza place is about 10 minutes away and a pizza the size of the ones I made is $15 and loaded with grease. I can cook these frozen pizzas in about 20-30 minutes. I was able to use healthier ingredients. Give homemade frozen pizzas a try. The trick is to put the cheese on the crust first and add sauce sparingly.
I admit DH did pick up sandwiches on the way home as I was sick of both pizza and Brunswick stew and too tired to cook anything else. We did get two meals out of the sandwiches and ate chips plus drinks here at home. I saved some of the chicken and chicken stock from what I cooked for the stew. We will have chicken and noodles (found a piece of a pack of those in the fridge too) tomorrow night for supper.
Today's cooking took pretty much the entire day but I have 14 meals for the coming weeks. Both are things we really like so I have no doubt that we will eat all of them.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
To make the win even more fantastic, the DS Lite is cobalt blue. Dh and I looked at the DS Lites in Wal-mart, and I told him I really wished for a blue one. Receiving one was dumb luck since I had no choice of color.
The instant win games done by major companies are legitimate, and the prizes do arrive. Patience is required as I waited nine weeks. My next big prize should be here in a month.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Next I went to the grocery store where I had a problem with my coupons. I did not purchase the items since I was buying them due to having coupons that would double. I went to the same store only a different location and used one coupon to purchase mustard. It doubled so I knew the first store was incorrect. Hopefully the district manager will be able to get the cashier's trained on coupons. I am not one to call and complain, but I have had problems for months at this store and enough is enough. Total OOP was $1.04.
Next was Walmart. These were items that I had coupons for or the smaller store I went to last week did not carry. I bought mini corn on the cob, SeaPak poppers, ham slices, coffee creamer, Johnson's Buddies soap, Kashi bars, and imitation vanilla. The vanilla is for my warm milk at night. I just needed something cheap to give it a touch of flavor. My total was $10.43.
Last stop was Dollar General for canned soup and boxed mac & cheese. The Kraft mac & cheese is my stress food. I was certainly stressed so that was my lunch. Total OOP: 2.63.
My total for the day was $14.10. I had a dime in my purse so I rounded down to $14 OOP. I have $120 left in my February budget. My coupon savings for the month is:$28.98.