I titled this post The Final Countdown because it is currently Asher's favorite song and he is singing it non-stop... I also am nearing the end of the food challenge.
I made my menu this morning and went grocery shopping this afternoon. I only allowed myself to get $40 from the ATM because of D's unexpected shopping trip early Sunday morning. (I was out of eggs. I told him I would just have "scrape" something together for breakfast and he had frozen biscuits, eggs, sausage, and a $9.06 receipt waiting for me when I woke up. Even though I had plenty of frozen biscuits, I didn't fuss at him because his gesture was so thoughtful.)
I spent $33.16 today on bread, organic milk, syrup (with no corn syrup in it), a box of cereal (the first I've purchased all month because the kids are begging!), sour cream (of course), a couple of cans of beans, frozen broccoli, apples (4 for 99 cents), shredded cheddar cheese, salt pork (never bought it before...I'm planning on putting it in a pot of beans for flavor), croutons, bananas, carrots, an avocado, Fritos, bakery bread (72 cents!), and half-n-half.
It was really strange... but it seemed like everything on my list was on sale! Even the organic milk, sour cream, Fritos, and avocado! I didn't splurge on a new bottle of Caesar dressing because I think I can get by with what I have in the fridge.
Menu for Week Four:
Monday fried eggs, toast / LOs , hot dogs (for the kids), fruit
Tuesday pancakes / chicken caesar salad, multi-grain french bread, pears
Wednesday cereal / beans, cornbread
Thursday biscuits, sausage / baked potatoes, broccoli
Friday oatmeal / chili, Fritos, cheddar cheese, carrot sticks, apple slices
Saturday breakfast tacos / *Lil's birthday party
Sunday scrambled eggs, biscuits / chili, LOs
*I guess I'm not totally a "purist" because I'm ordering pizza (Lil's request) for my child's birthday party and making brownie sundaes. She deserves a treat not only because it's her birthday but because she has gone without ice cream for almost a month with minimal complaining.
Now... I am looking for suggestions for future monthly challenges. I want to complete a challenge every month for 2011. I already have a few ideas in the works but your input is greatly appreciated!