Saturday, January 31, 2009
I have been doing so well too!
Anyway, dad got flown down to Perth on flying doctor on Friday. All well but had to stay until Tues to go back for a check up. I picked him up from his hotel on Sat morning, and promptly forgot all about the budget! Well, actually I didn't, everytime I bought something, I WAS thinking about the dollars over my allocated $140, but thought I could probably make it up.
Last shopping total at $66.68
Tori went to Kristy's for a sleepover and took $8.20 stuff from Coles. Most of that came back, plust Kristy paid Tori $10 for looking after Tahnee!
then $15.15 at IGA, included nachos ingredients for Tori to cook that night. Also block of cheese, on special for $7.99 - Good enough reason to give up, I reckon :)
then spent $19.00 on fruit at Trees A Green. Driving past it on the way home from picking up Dad, noticed the fruit man parked out the front. Bought a tray of peaches, 2kg lemons, 3kg plums and 2kg of nectarines for $19. We worked out it was probably around 10kilos, not bad at nearly $2 a kilo!! Still have some left, and they are beautiful!!!
Then spent $61.68 at WW, and $7.45 at the fruit and veg.
Then a shop at Foodworks $52.13 (included a piece of lamb and a piece of hogget to roast for Aust Day)
Am going to include $13.40 for 2x pizzas bought last night for tea.
And finally $32.38 today at Coles.
So..... total of $275.87......so if I allow $140 budget x 2 weeks = $280, I am left with $4.13 until Tues.....I CAN DO IT!!
I didn't menu plan on Mon night, but for the next few nights we had left over roast meat and vegies.
Last night was the pizza, tonight Brody isn't home and Tori has had a couple of toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwiches. I have had (am having!) a couple of beers!
I plan on having maybe a quiche, zucchini and haloumi fritters(still have the haloumi cheese in the fridge, and it was too damn expensive to not eat!) well, that is 2 meals that will take me up to Mon night, when it is time to menu plan again.
So overall, I spent too much in week 2, but managed to balance it in week 3. I guess that is what half (maybe most) of budgetting is all about. Being able to afford the weeks when you need to spend more and make up for them the following week.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Menu for this week is:
Tues: pumpkin soup with damper
Wed: left overs (Tori is sleeping over at Kristys)
Thurs: Chicken Involtini and vegies
Fri: Nachos (Tori cooking)
Sat: Homemade hamburgers
Sun: Roast chicken and vegies
Mon: zucchini and haloumi fritters with salad
Mmmm, interesting week! I bought the damper today from WW, marked down to $1.49, and it must be 30cm across, it is huge!! The chicken Involtini things are thighs wrapped around something and with italian seasonings, they were 99c each, so I bought 5, that will easily do the three of us.
Todays shop cost $49.18 at WW and $17.50 at the fruit and veg shop, total $66.68. So still a bit left over. Didn't get any catalogues, so would still like to buy a few specials to put in freezer/pantry.
I have worked out tonights meal cost me:
Pumpkin - free
onion - free
2 x garlic cloves - .50c
chicken stock powder - .10c
pinch of sugar - .05c
sprinkle of nutmeg - .05c
1/8 cup milk - .05c
damper - $1.49
butter - .20c total $2.44 serves three - Impressive!!
Imagine if we ate that for a whole week :) Actually I probably could, especially if I saved heaps of money :)
Breakfasts for the week are porridge, toast and/or eggs, and weetbix. Tomorrow night I will cook up some tomatoes and onions for me to have on toast a couple of mornings.
Lunches for me are whatever is leftover, or I will take some tuna and crackers or bread. I always take a couple of bits of fruit. Brody helps himself during the day, and Tori is fed at daycare. Once she is back at school, I will need to plan lunches a bit more.
If I had the kitchen in, I would do more baking stuff, and different meals. At the moment I am picking easy cooking meals really.
Just because every post needs a photo, this is a bowl of cherry tomatoes I picked:
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Tracey has named them all, and Tori's is called 'Tori and Nanny Meryl's Garden', as some of the fabric is called Grandmas Garden :)
On the garden front, I have planted some runner beans, some more spinach (the gorgeous red stemmed one) and some baby cucumbers.
Today, Tracey and I went out to the Armadale Growers Market, they only started up in Nov. Bought some lovely organic fruit and veg. and some apple juice! On the way back called through the Maddington Swap Meet, and managed to get a couple of rhubarb plants, some chocolate mint, a couple of pink flowering plants and an eggplant. Will get all of them planted tonight, when it is cooler.