Making it Stretch: A Lesson in Frugality

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The Paycheck came late this week! Normally my husband’s Check comes on Tuesday every other week. He sits down and works out the budget for that next two weeks. The check is deposited Wednesday morning and I can go shopping Wednesday during the day if I choose, which I usually do. This week Things were different.

Tough Sacrifices Can be Made

I went to my husband and told him that I had $3 left and we had no lunch foods for the kids for the next day. My husband, who can be very generous, gave me his birthday money to spend for groceries. So I went out to the store with $23 to stock up with what I needed to get us through the next several days. I had a little bit of a problem though. Daniel had invited company over for dinner, so I was not able to get to Aldi before it closed.

That means that my $23 wouldn’t stretch as far as I had hoped. So I took what I had and I headed to the store. I wish I could say that I prayed over my situation before I drove away, looking back I wish I had. God had given me an unexpected gift and I should have been thankful for that gift, as well as asking God to guide my shopping.

Thinking Ahead

Since I had already cleaned out the refrigerator I knew what we had in the house to eat. I had some broth in the freezer that I had saved. I had beans, and I had rice. I ended up at Publix and I bought:

  • 3 loaves of Publix brand bread
  • 1 Gallon of Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 Gallon of Almond Milk
  • 1 small jar of peanut butter
  • 1 Large bag of carrots
  • 1 bag of celery

I spent a total of $21.12.

So last night we had soup for dinner. I make a habit of keeping all the broth from the meat I cook. I have learned that when I buy a whole bird, or a pork shoulder there is usually some amazing broth left over. I strain that and keep it for later in the freezer. Last nights soup had pork broth, chicken broth, and a little ham broth all mixed together. I chopped up onions, carrots, celery, added some of my mom’s jarred tomatoes from last year’s garden, as well as some of her green beans. Seasoned to taste and Yummy supper.

As I write this Daniel has received his paycheck and yet has not had time to do the budget. It will still be a few days till I can go to the store. I am not concerned though. We have what we need.

I do need to add, my mom will often buy us things as she is out and about and finds deals. Yesterday she went to Deal Mart. There she was able to buy a ton of Chobani Yogurt for real cheap. I have not been to Deal Mart, and I don’t know where they are around the country. I know of two in our area. I want to do more research on Deal Mart, I will keep you updated. But we have a bunch of yogurt for the kids for snacks and maybe even some for my breakfast. 🙂

I have been blessed by family that is close by and so we do get some extras that we normally couldn’t afford. Even without these extras we have what we need in the house. Today I am planning:

Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch: PB&J for the kids. Maybe left over soup for me if there is any left. I think there might be a potato left I might have that too.

Snack: Yogurt, Crackers from my mom, Carrots

Supper: Turkey, Stuffing, and peas. [ I have had a Turkey in my freezer for a month or so now. I thought now would be a good time to use it, I also had some of the stuffing mix that my husband liked, and I think we even have a can of cranberry sauce still!] We get to have a second Thanksgiving Dinner. I think that is appropriate. We can be Thankful for God’s blessings.

Tomorrow: 

Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch: PB&J for the kids, Maybe a salad with turkey for me, I think I have enough lettuce for that.

Snack: Yogurt, Carrots, Crackers if there are any left.

Supper: I am thinking of a Turkey and Rice Casserole. I need to see what we have, I don’t have pasta but maybe a Turkey Tetrazzini sort of thing with rice instead. I will need to do some research and see what I can pull off.

And hopefully by Friday I can go to the Store to stock back up. I still have a bunch of Quinoa in my house, I am thinking about doing something for me for breakfast with it. hmmmmmmmm

 

**Our paycheck is very small for the next two weeks. I am hoping that I can get Daniel his birthday money back. We shall see!

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