We had a great plan, but it just didn't work out... I had received a CVS giftcard worth $10 and we had stockpiled some food items from when my mom visited. We figured that together, it would feed us for a whole cycle of two weeks and that we could save that $20 and put it towards our vacation food. [This was the start of our plan to save money for when we visit some friends in the spring. We figured we would be eating out on this "mini-vacation" and would need to budget accordingly- by saving on groceries when we could and stashing the cash for later.] Well, turns out, CVS is a terrible place to buy groceries! They didn't have everything we needed and what they did have couldn't be bought with $10. So we scrapped the whole CVS deal and headed to Kroger to spend just ten dollars to go with what we already had. We just didn't pull it off though, seeing how we needed such things as jelly, honey, and syrup (things that need purchased only every so often but are costly on a $20 budget.) So we had an off week and didn't get around to blogging about it. Here's what we ended up with:
The milk and everything to the right of it is what we bought at Kroger for a total over $19. (The chocolate milk was free, though!) Everything to the left is what Mom picked up for us at BigLots while they were visiting. (She likes to contribute to our food projects, and we greatly appreciate it!)
On to this week...
We experienced our first "Meal in a Box" yesterday (pictured above)! It was amazingly, delicious and will be abundant in our future! The cost for the box is just $2 and it has ~5 servings (about 2 dinners for us) complete with meat! It really is incredible.
We are also looking forward to using our coupons for a free piece of fish at Long John Silver's! We have lots of instant potatoes still from a great deal scenario last year that will pair up for a yummy dinner!
Speaking of free- tomorrow (2/9) Denny's is giving away free Grand Slam breakfasts from 6a to 2p! Find one near you and enjoy the goodness!
Also, another small group dinner awaits us this Wednesday! These are always delicious! We are trying to think creatively to contribute in the near future! (Maybe the CVS giftcard could come into play here...)
For a treat this week, Frankie is working on a couple of loaves of homemade bread tonight! So good! (And he scored a pack of free Golden Oreos! Yum!)
Gotta go to bed early now! Waking up to try to beat the crowds to Denny's in the morning! ;)