We’re at the end of week 1 of my grocery budget challenge. (Side note: for the purposes of this challenge, my weeks are running Wednesday to Tuesday.) So how did it go?
Well, I stayed almost within my $60 budget. My grocery trip for the week cost me $61.95. This isn’t too bad considering there were a few “impulse” buys on the receipt. Chobani was on sale so I picked up a few of those which I wasn’t planning on buying. I also had to buy some items to make appetizers to bring to my grandparents’ house.
My meal planning was not as well thought out as I hoped, but it mostly worked out. Poor planning or changes in plans for a few dinners left me struggling for lunches when I had planned leftovers. I did make due with what I had and stuck with only eating one breakfast or lunch out. Of course, it was an $9 lunch at Panera, but it was with my friend that I haven’t seen in several months so it was worth it.
I also ended up not making a few meals, but I shifted them to this week which will *hopefully* save me some money on this week’s shopping trip (which I will be embarking on as soon as I finish this post.)
Here’s my current meal plan for today through next Wednesday. I’m sure things will change.
Tonight: Latkes with applesauce
Thursday: Spinach Lasagna
Friday: Beef and Barley Soup that I pulled out of the freezer
Saturday: We have Nik’s family Christmas get together, but I’m bringing appetizers so I’ll have to buy those ingredients
Sunday: Garlic Bread soup – this was on last week’s agenda
Monday: Shepherd’s Pie
Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash
We’ll see how things pan out this wee. I’ll keep you posted!
Total so far: $70
In keeping with my goal to set goals and see them through, it’s time for December’s goals! As I mentioned, my plan is to make two or three goals each month, but before I get to December’s goals let’s see how November went. I fair okay. Really, I like to think of it as a warm up for this month.
- Get in at least 5 runs. – This just didn’t happen. I ran twice. It was a combination of busyness, weather, and just not making exercise a priority.
- Stain and finish coffee tables and end tables. – The tables are finished and in my condo. I’ve move on to staining the bookshelf my brother made.
- Set 3 quality goals for December. – Well here they are…
- Do strength training. – I always put off strength training which is absurd since it’s extremely important and the easiest form exercise to fit in – a few calf raises standing at the copy machine, some wall push-ups in the bathroom, some crunches straight out of bed. My goal is to get a minimum of 30 minutes of strength training per week. I figure 10 minutes three times a week is nothing, and I have plenty of resources available to me. I really have no excuse for not making this happen.
- Keep my food journal up to date. – Weight has been slowly creeping back on, and I know it’s because I haven’t been paying much attention to what I’ve been eating. A while back I followed Laura’s lead and created a separate, semi-private, blog strictly for tracking my food and exercise. I don’t expect I’ll track much, if at all, while in Mexico, but I want to make sure I’m tracking breakfast, lunch, and dinner until I leave for the airport on the 23rd.
- Finish unpacking the boxes in my garage and organizing “important documents”. – This is a two part goal, but they go hand-in-hand. I moved into my condo over a year ago, and I still have a few organizational disasters going on. There are several boxes in my garage that I need to either a) bring the stuff up into my condo and put it away somewhere, b) throw it out, or c) buy legit storage bins to keep it stored in down in my garage. I also have a giant stock of important documents and mail I need to go through, organize and handle all this paper. My goal is to have both of these things done before the year ends.
So, there you have it – my December goals. I also have my grocery budget challenge in December so I tried to keep these simple, focused, and relevant.