So, as I’ve been vagueblogging about for a while now, I’ve been stressed out (well, I wasn’t vague about that), but yeah. It’s MONEY stress, and money stress sucks. I just walked into my house with about $45 in groceries that I have challenged myself to make last as long as possible, as I have 4 adults living here (including myself) and only one income – MINE! oh,Gawd! – to count on at the moment.

I don’t have a set plan in motion, so I know my $45 isn’t going to last as long as more seasoned homemakers can make that amount last. But hey, I have to try. Right? Combined with what I already have here at home, we have: chicken, sausage, ground turkey, and hot dogs; bread, buns, tortillas, ramen, and spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, cereal, veggies, beans, rice, biscuit mix, cheese, eggs, a bit of milk, and spices. I will definitely need more milk, and I forgot sandwich meat.

And while this isn’t an official “meal plan Monday” type post (on Sunday, no less), here’s what I’m thinking:

Ramen w/veggies & shredded chicken (tonight, and was a big hit!)
Turkey & bean burritos
Shredded chicken quesadillas
Breakfast burritos
Ramen w/veggies & ground turkey
Spaghetti w/ground turkey
Spaghetti w/shredded chicken
Chicken breasts w/red beans & rice
Red bean & rice wraps

I’m thinking I will pick up more cheese, fish for fish tacos & fish sandwiches, and some more veggies/sides in addition to the milk and sandwich meat we still need, and as I said – we already have cereal and some stuff. I am hoping to spend no more than $80 including taxes for this pay period. It’s not fantastic, but we’re super broke until everyone has a steady paycheck again, and I think that’s amazing for basically not having had a game plan. And it looks like we’re getting as much protein and veggies as we were before. Just not as much convenience food, and no chips, and absolutely no eating out.

I got this!!

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6 thoughts on “Challenge…accepted.

  • November 26, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    Do you ever read She spends $64 a week for her family and offers up tips. It’s amazing what she comes up with! And good luck! I’m sure you can do this. 🙂

  • November 26, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    I know you’ve totally got this and we have SO been there. I know it’s hard, so very hard, but hang in there and stay positive. xoxo

    • November 27, 2017 at 7:55 AM

      Doing my best! I’ve had it hard before, too, just not where there was literally no end in sight to the slump. But we are taking it one day at a time.


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