This week went pretty well! So here are a few updates:
1. My "cash" plan is working extremely awesome for me. I pull out $100 cash to spend for all my grocery/gas/whatever needs and I have to make that work for as long as possible (goal right now is to even last ONE week!). I found ways to be creative. For example, I needed paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishwasher detergent... all this week! Now those are normally pretty big costs out of the grocery budget but I knew I had to be creative and savvy with how I was going to make it work. First of course, I cut coupons... then I used an old $10 Target Gift Card I had lying around, some Extra Care Bucks (ECB's) from CVS, and got to work. My total out of pocket (OOP) at Target was $1.90 for Electrosol, a big bottle of Tide, and a few freebies (i.e. bananas, ciabatta bread...) I learned about from here. Then on to CVS to get a few freebies there and used my ECB's to get big packs of paper towels and toilet paper. I didn't "roll" the ECB's but I figured I'd work out another challenge next week when I have a bigger budget. Total OOP for huge packs of TP and paper towels $3.10. Learn more about CVS and how to grow your ECB's with weekly $5 challenges here. Now to be honest... if I had used my debit card and my supposedly "infinite" amount that's in the bank, I would never have challenged myself to make this work. I have a lot of fun trying to beat the system and stay within budget so it's kinda cool! The best part, whatever that is left over can go to fun stuff like this week going out to eat with the Brody's and Turnbough's! Yahoo!
2. Ok so onto the Menu Plan!
Monday - Empanadas (YUM!) I can't wait to make this today! It's got my picadillo recipe and mashed potatoes stuffed inside some yummy fried crisp dough. Just thinking about this makes my mouth water!
Tuesday - Spinach pesto and pasta - So I bought a HUGE bag of spinach at Costco and as expected the almost 3/4 full bag will be expiring on Wednesday. We've never had Pesto so we are gonna give this a try. I guess afterewards I can freeze a huge chunk of the pesto and add to chicken, fish and sandwiches so let's see how that goes!
Wednesday - Vietnamese Chicken over rice noodles. Just thought this looked like a fun recipe to make only will change it up with some fish sauce.
Thursday - Carne Asada burritos - This is our church small group meeting night so we have to have something super easy to take on the go. The cool, cool thing is that I have already cooked the meat and now just have to defrost it and throw it into some yummy flour tortillas with salsa!
Friday - Arroz con pollo
Saturday - Dinner out with friends :-) I look at this as my reward for having a good week!
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3. Lastly, here is my laundry update... so since I was out of laundry soap for about a week I am behind on laundry again :-(
Oh well, let's see how far I can get today!