This week’s entertainment budget looks large this but it’s including som extra purchases that I was reimbursed for:
Under food and dining, I have $192 in spending. A hundred of that was for groceries for some cooking projects I had on the go this week. Other than that, entertainment and everything was on track over the past week.
Life Under Construction
Google-Fu and You:
This last week, I was busy with some cooking projects. Our current grocery budget is $900 and I’d like to get this down to $600 a month (this is for three adults). This will be my official monthly challenge for July but I wanted to get an early start!
One of the ways I’m doing this is by shopping my fridge/freezer/ and pantry first. I found some long lost food items in the pantry like tomato juice and it was nearing its expiration date. Using my Google-fu, I looked up some recipes for tomato juice and found an amazing teriyaki marinade, a spaghetti recipe, and a beef stew recipe. I got busy in the kitchen and made the spaghetti and Teriyaki marinade over the last few days and will make the beef stew tomorrow. The beauty of this is that I was able to freeze the left overs (including the marinade) and now we have meals for later in the month.
We also have a bunch of oranges we have to use up so I plan on experimenting with making orange cocoa peanut butter squares (maybe good, maybe gross) and cranberry orange scones. We have a juicer so I’d like to juice with the remaining oranges and some vegetables sitting in the fridge and then freeze it in individual servings so we have some healthy options for the mornings.
Meal planning and cooking is actually my husband’s thing and he’s pretty darn good at it so I don’t want to mess with his system – my husband is an Engineer and routines are very important to him. 😉 He’s been pretty open to me fooling around in his domain but I don’t want to “helpful” myself into taking over when there’s no need for me too. I know being that “helpful” is not always one of my more attractive qualities – just ask husband. (Read bossy and know-it-all when I say “helpful!) 🙂
Updates on My Monthly Challenge:
In regards to my monthly challenge, I have only been doing pretty good with everything. My impulse spending has been okay and I haven’t gone over budget because of any super-poor financial decisions. The worst of my month is over and it should only be getting better from herein out.
I was also pretty good with keeping myself amused when I was too stressed out to work on the crappy task. Mostly I focused on working on the blog or cooking and doing things around the house. I got outside to get some yard work done. That was pretty much it for physical exercise but I’m happy I’ve gotten out when I did.
In terms of scheduling a couple hours a day to do my crappy task, I was able to do it all in daily chunks and send it off in time for the deadline. It took a lot of digging through stuff and putting together a bunch of really different pieces but it got done and finished. Mission accomplished!
My final monthly goal was to start hiking at a local park at least three times a week – so far this has been a fail, I haven’t gone once! There are still a couple weeks to go, though!
How is your June going so far, readers?
Are ya gonna eat that? Becoming a Curmudgeon *Really fun article about those darn kids and their rocking and rolling music.
Budget and the Beach Random Thoughts about Coming Home *Tonya makes the weirdness of going home sound like the best thing ever – hahaha Tonya Summits, love it!
Budget Blonde 4 Budget Friendly Adventures in Christchurch New Zealand *A nice guest post about New Zealand. I think I need to start reading more travel blogs, I can get excited about a specific place and plan something specific instead of just having “traveling” being some random future goal!
Canadian Budget Binder The Grocery Game Challenge *Mr. CBB asks the question of when is the best time to grocery shop? It’s a good question because it can get busy and stressful!