Sunday, January 24, 2010

Challenge Check-in and HOLY CRAPOLI

Well, I figured I'd better check in with the challenge, seeing as it's nearly over and I haven't checked in for almost two weeks. Week 2 went fine. I spent $20 and change on groceries and I was feeling pretty good. However, week 3 did not go so well. I didn't plan well, fell into some old habits, and apparently was craving fruit while shopping and ended up spending $40 on groceries!! This last week, I got back in the groove and spent $23. I didn't feel too bad going $3 over since I bought a cake mix and frosting to make my hubby birthday cupcakes! Happy Birthday to my sweet hubby!

My total spent for the month of January was $103. This was quite a bit more than my original $65. However, I am definitely feeling pretty darned good, considering I normally set myself a $75 per week goal. That means doing the pantry challenge saved me nearly $200 in groceries for the month, so I'm not even CLOSE to feeling sad that I went $43 dollars over my original goal. I knew I'd probably hit $80 anyway, considering my required calcium increase.

Plus, I still have many, MANY meals I can make out of my freezer. I think I'll continue eating from the pantry for at least another week. Here's where I'm at on my list of freezer meals.

Broccoli & Ham Quiche (mix is already in the freezer), salad
Homemade Veggie Pizza & Salad
Chicken Pot Pie & Cut veggies
Chalupa (pork and pinto beans already in freezer) served over shredded lettuce with tomatoes, avocado and Spanish Rice
Turkey Sausage & Eggs Florentine scramble
Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs, Salad
Italian Wedding Soup, Homemade Bread
Turkey Tacos, corn
Crockpot Beef Roast and Veggies
Shepherd's Pie, salad
North Carolina BBQ Pork, Homemade Coleslaw, served on Buns
Spicy Pork, Vegetable Gumbo Soup served with Rice
Turkey Burgers, Oven Fries, Green Beans
Philly Cheesesteaks, Sweet Potato Fries
Hoisin Pork Stirfry (includes veggies), Rice
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, Peas
Turkey Chili, Green Beans

And now, for the HOLY CRAPOLI part of this post...

I'm going to be a Grandmother in October. At the ripe old age of 35. Yep. I'm still completely in denial. My stepson and his wife are pregnant and will be welcoming a baby approximately one month after we welcome the newest member of our family. So, little Peanut will become an Aunt or Uncle at the ripe old age of one month. I've already decided, thanks to Brandy of Not Your Average Soccer Mom, that I will be Mimi, at least until I'm 40. That way, I won't be required to stock up on Poligrip, Depends, and nylons large enough to give me elephant ankles.

5 comments:

Jen said...

Ha! I just told Drew that you were gonna be a grandma and he said

"Tisk Tisk Alana! Is it Austins?"

Haha, thought that would make you smile!

Brandy said...

$100 for a month's worth of groceries is still AWESOME! So many people spend hundreds of dollars everytime they go to the store...it just kills me! I LOVE when the person behind me in line is impressed. :)

Congrats on the new grandbaby! At least you have someone to go through pregnancy with - swap those horror stories and maybe share some advice with your new daughter in law.

BTW, I think Mimi is just perfect for you. We're too young to be a "Grandma" and I will cut someone that calls me "Granny". Seriously.

Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

I wish I could feed the family for under $100 a month! That's great!
Congrats on the grandbaby!! I think Mimi is perfect, no one in their 30's should be called grandma!

LadyStyx said...

oooh congratulations (on both counts)!

LadyStyx said...

That is some holy crapoli! Congrats, hun!!