We have had another successful No Spend November week. I shared in my post last week, that we only spent $10.92 out of pocket of my allowable of $25/week for groceries in November. I rolled the leftover that I didn’t spend ($14.08) to this week. So, I had $34.08 that I could spend on groceries this week.
We had a Chili Cook-off at church yesterday, and I signed up to bring a pot of chili. I had two pounds of ground beef in the freezer. I needed another two pounds so that I could make a double batch of chili. I also needed beans, chipotle peppers and mushrooms for the recipe I wanted to use. I also wanted to get my Thanksgiving turkey since they were on sale for $0.59/lb.
I went to three stores. I had to stop in at Walmart to look for some office supplies for work (I will be reimbursed for that expense). I remembered that I had a gift card that had a little over $3 on it. I decided to buy a few items from my list. I got chili beans and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I spent $1.45 out of pocket. So, I left Walmart with $32.63 left to spend.
Next, I went to Kroger. I definitely wanted to get my turkey and also to get a few other items on the Mega Event Sale. I found baby bella mushrooms marked down so that helped. I spent a total of $30.60. Eeek! I still needed to get ground beef and it was just too expensive at Kroger. I only had $2.03 left to spend for the week.
Finally, I went to Aldi. When I walked in, I remembered that I needed eggs and that they had a great deal on sweet potatoes ($0.79 for a bag). Luckily, I found a package of hamburger patties with a $3 off sticker. I spent a total of $5.04. So, I went over my budget by $3.01. Not too bad, and I will take that off of next week’s budget. I will have $21.99 to spend next week.
My freezer and pantry is getting cleaned out and looks pretty bare. But, I was able to plan 10 dinners. Some nights will be leftovers, so we could potentially skip shopping next weekend and just shop right before Thanksgiving to get supplies for the holiday dinner. I have plenty on hand for lunches and breakfasts. During my next week’s shopping trip, I know I need to purchase potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms (for making stuffed mushrooms–expensive but a tradition), cheese, milk, butter, cranberry sauce, cornmeal mix and ritz crackers. If I have to, I still have a $50 Visa gift card I can use–I mentioned that in my original No Spend November post.
Here are my meal plans with food that I already have on hand:
Homemade tomato soup and cornbread
Chicken barley soup and bread
Dirty rice, green beans
Chicken and rice with mushroom gravy, broccoli
Spaghetti and meatballs
Pancakes and canadian bacon
BBQ chicken, rice and green veggie
Chicken Parmigiana, spaghetti noodles and sauce
Salmon Croquettes, baked sweet potatoes, green veggie
Turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, stuffed mushrooms and probably either a salad or another veggie. For dessert, I have a devils food cake and chocolate frosting.
I am finding that there is a lot of temptation right now. While in Walmart, I spied the new Christmas line of dishes and “purty” crockpots from The Pioneer Woman. I also walked through Target and browsed through the Hearth and Hand Collection by Magnolia–Chip and Joanna Gaines. If I wasn’t doing a No Spend November, I am not sure how much I might have spent–even though I truly don’t NEED anything.
I am very happy to report that we have already put $1500 in savings this month. I hope that we will put another $1000 aside by the end of the month.
How is your November going? How have you been saving money?