Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Week 5 50 Buck Challenge
I miss going out to eat. I mean, I really do miss it! Before doing this challenge we ate out twice a week, once during the early part of the week and again on Friday night. This challenge has altered our dedicated date night substantially. Instead we have been having a drink on the deck then listening to jazz. Nice, but a very different night. I think we need some out of the house activity and for us just about any out of the house night time activity starts with dinner out.
Book club was Wednesday and as we have all gotten older and decided we no longer wanted to be bound to hosting it at our homes and cooking meals. Now about half the time we go out to eat and everyone buys their own, with the "host" buying an appetizer for the table. It is the first time in a month I had been to an actual restaurant and it was fabulous. On Thursday TheHub suggested we go out again. We belong to a place that has a monthly food purchase minimum we have to pay whether we use it or not. Thursday was the only night that would actually work for us once we realized September is just about over. (Where did this month go?) So naturally we went, and I loved every second of it. (For the record, Wayne, the bartender makes the best martini in town)
Pork butt 1.49 lb. 3.78
Ground chuck* 2.99 lb. 3.15 (beware a nerd with a digital scale and calculator)
Cauliflower 1.99 x2 3.98
Broccoli crowns 1.67
Milk .01 gallon w/coupon and 10 dollar purchase
Potatoes 4 lb. 1.69
Ice cream 4.50 (indulgence item)
Bacon 24 oz. 3.99 (Did we need this? No! Want it? Yes!)
Chicken 1.99 lb. 3.93
Frozen lady peas* .89
Frozen collards .89
Mushrooms .69 x4 2.76
Cucumbers .25 x3 .75
Cheese crackers 1.49
Big Dipper Chips 1.59 (indulgence item for game day)
Chocolate milk 1.59
Eggs .69 x 2 1.38
Onion snack rings .79 (indulgence item clearance aisle)
grrrr...TheHub ran in to pick up 1 non-food item. I made the mistake of sitting in the car
Bologna (WTH??? We never get deli bologna, in fact we never get bologna ) 7.34 lb. 2.55
Chocolate syrup 1.99 (unexpected item to go with the luxury ice cream)
Enough green beans to equal about a half a cup cooked
Okra 8 pods
I am assigning no monetary value to these because there were so few.
Week total 50.02
Wednesday coffee (had class so no time for breakfast)
Thursday coffee, toast
Friday coffee, banana muffin and a glass of milk.
Saturday coffee, grits, chocolate milk (TheHub)
Sunday milk, cereal, (TheHub bacon sandwich)
Monday dutch baby pancake (thanks, Rhonda!) coffee
Tuesday cereal, coffee
Wednesday leftover taco fixings (lettuce, tomatoes and onions as a salad)
Thursday forgettable (regretable?) leftovers. I ate something but don't remember what it was
Friday tomato slices, cucumber slices, green beans, toast and cheese
Saturday leftover chicken thigh, salad stuff (TheHub went to the ballgame. Prepaid meal deal there)
Sunday fried bologna sandwiches, lemonade
Monday 2 mandarins, leftover pork butt, cucumbers, cheese crackers
Tuesday Volunteering at IP. No time for lunch
Wednesday out to eat for bookclub. TheHub worked later than usual and grabbed something to eat.
Thursday Have a monthly minimum at a place we belong (Use it or lose it, so we ate out)
Friday tomatoes, onions and okra, grilled chicken thighs
Saturday smoked pork butt, potato salad, coleslaw
Sunday grilled hamburger w/grilled onions and mushrooms (leftover buns) sliced tomatoes, cuke spears
Monday sauteed chicken breasts with mushrooms, cauliflower "stuffing" leftover coleslaw
Tuesday lady peas, collard greens, cornbread
kefir dip with assorted raw veggies, oatmeal cookies, mandarins, the weird and cheap hot onion ring things, popcorn, ice cream
What did I bake?
oatmeal cookies, cornbread, cauliflower stuffing
broccoli crowns, 1 whole head cauliflower + about 1/4 of the other, 2 cucumbers, 3 tomatoes, most of the head of lettuce, carrots, couple of mandarins, 2 whole bell peppers and a part of a third,1 whole gallon milk, 2 dozen eggs, Almost 1 pound pork butt (cooked and frozen) 3 chicken breasts from this weeks purchase, 3 chicken breasts from last weeks purchase (all frozen) , 4ish ounces sharp cheddar, 1/2 pan cauliflower stuffing, entire bag of Frito knockoffs.
What did I run out of?
mayonnaise, fruit except the couple of mandarins, cheese crackers
* Stuff I had in the freezer that I applied the current sale price to based on the actual store indicated in the purchase column.