Menu Plan: 7/25 – 7/31

by Karen on July 27, 2009

Between my redesign and various errands, we kept pretty busy this weekend. We had a lot to do, and since we’ll be out of town for the next three weekends, we wanted to get as much done as possible.

We decided to try to hang on to some cash for the concert next weekend. We’ll probably want to grab lunch or dinner in the city, so we set a goal to spend as little as possible of our cash allowance. All we needed was toothpaste and groceries, so we only took out $60 in cash.

After picking up a few items that are cheaper at Target (coffee and cereal), we arrived at the grocery store with $42.25 in cash to buy the rest of our groceries. Tony didn’t think we could do it, but I had faith in the amazing ability I’ve developed to estimate grocery prices this summer. I carefully tracked the price of every item we picked up on my list. We weighed produce to figure out exactly what we were spending on each item. We’ve been doing this all summer, so I’ve gotten pretty good at tracking accurately and sticking to the budget.

After the cashier rang us up, the total was $41.19. I think the cashier thought I was a nuts when I looked at Tony with a big grin and said, “Look at that!!!” I couldn’t contain my excitement as I handed over the rest of the cash in my pocket and told her, “That’s exactly how much cash I have!” She seemed a little freaked out. But it’s the little stuff, people!

So here’s my $55 menu plan for the last week of July:

Saturday: Spring rolls with Asian rice and veggies
Sunday: Ravioli
Monday: Fajita chicken with pinto beans and rice
Tuesday: Leftovers/breakfast
Wednesday: Chef’s salad
Thursday: Bean burritos
Friday: Chicken Caesar wraps

For more menu plans, visit OrgJunkie. I hope you’re all having a spectacular Monday!

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