Budget Day 21: Week 3 and Halloween

Finally…we had our matzo ball soup tonight (click to see picture). It was long awaited since it was originally on my plan for Wednesday of last week. Oh well, better late than never! My whole family loves this soup though (especially the dumplings which are made out of 2-ingredient whole-wheat matzo crackers) so it was well worth the wait. Last night I was off the hook and didn’t have to make a big dinner because it was one of the lovely times that someone else hosted dinner club! It was a fabulous evening and the timing couldn’t have been better since our fridge was feeling rather empty.

The farmer’s market on Saturday morning did help give our food supply a little boost to get us through the weekend though. Here’s what I got for $16.50 (click to see picture)…

  • Eggs
  • Lettuce
  • Half bag of spinach
  • Sungold cherry tomatoes
  • 3 regular tomatoes
  • Green bean mix

So after that purchase (which required some leftover change from the week before) this is how last week ended with only 1 sad little penny left!

Week 3 was the hardest one yet and we also had meat twice and fish once. Coincidence? I think not…which means I need to chill with the meat and seafood dishes! Now I am tasked with figuring out a plan that I will actually stick to next week. I am craving some jambalaya or gumbo, but other than that I will have to let the items that are left in the fridge dictate our plans. I am also going to try out Trader Joe’s this week for some groceries. I am completely out of cashews and almonds for granola so hopefully I can find some good deals there. I am a little weary about their produce though because from what I remember you usually have to buy organic stuff in bulk. And we are in dire need of some fresh fruit (and cheese!). I am sure I will end up going to two stores again…with Earthfare as my trusty back-up for the things I can’t get elsewhere.

In the meantime, one thing I am prepared for is trick or treaters! I thought it would be fun to try to do something I’ve never done before…have a “candy-less” Halloween. Some may call me a scrooge, but one cannot argue that kids don’t already get PLENTY of candy on Halloween whether I am also handing it out or not. So, pictured is my loot (click to see picture). And I know my kids are young (3 and 5), but they absolutely loved digging through this stash and begged to pick out some stuff to keep. So I was happy that it passed their initial test, but I am anxious to see the response next weekend as well!