We're off to a good start. I have the freezers inventoried (and even made a spreadsheet-ooooo), I'll go down into the root cellar and get a current count of the canning done this summer in a bit.
I have already spent money...boo!...but the budget for our family is set at $50 per week. This is for groceries, gas, etc. I do already have a few extras I see coming up. I've committed to three fairly local "mystery shops". That will add expenses this month, but will be reimbursed with a small "pay" next month (plus, we can have a sub for lunch one day, a coffee another, and a fast food sandwich the third-actually all this week!)
After going through the freezers and planning menus, I discovered that we needed hamburger and cheese. We also needed vegetable oil and our sodas (Big K-gotta pop that drop!). So after spending a little under $40 (I also needed chocolate to get my mood regulated-grin), we're ready to go.
Menus for this week:
Sun: S:Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Apples
Mon: B: Oatmeal with Peach Jelly or Syrup
L:Turkey Wraps, carrots
S:Cheesy Fish and Chips Cassarole, Zucchini Slaw
Tues: B: Homemade Granola, Apple Slices
L: 1/3 Sub Sandwich, Chips
S: Bacon wrapped Chicken, Oven fries, Green Beans
Wed: B: Corn Flakes & Milk, Bananas
L: Meatloaf Sandwich
S: Spinach Chef Salad
Thur: B:Oatmeal with Cinnamon & Apples
L:Other Myst. Sandwich or Turkey Wrap
S: Cranberry Pork Loin Chops, Steamed Broccoli
Fri: 24 Fast before Yom Kippur
Sat: B:Bacon & Eggs, Toast & Jelly
L: Hot dogs on grill, grilled zucchini, pasta salad
S: Homemade 10 layer Lasagna & Salad
I do actually have all the menus planned for 22 of the days this month. Before the day is over I should have the rest figured out. On my list for tomorrow is to get granola made. And homemade granola bars. I know that when it's here, we will eat it. The granola bars don't last long! I'll post a recipe when I make them. (if you are interested).
I'll also put up a link, button or something going to any ebay, etsy, craigslist if you want to shop. (Shop today...it may pay for YOUR Christmas gift-grin! Or it could BE your Christmas gift!)
Comments and suggestions ENCOURAGED!!