Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Money Saving Challenge: January 29, 2013
I decided to make WW Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for dinner tonight. However I didn't have the turkey sausage that I needed. Since I needed to go to CVS to use up a $ 6.00 ECB that was expiring today, I decided to stop into the Top's near there and pick it up.
After getting everything in the crockpot but the sausage, I headed out. I lucked into 2 packages of Jennie - O Lean Italian Turkey Sausages reduced for quick sale. I got each package for $ 2.85. Then I went to CVS and picked up 5- 25oz. Just The Basics Dish Liquid for $ 1.37 each. After the ECB, I paid $ .85 plus tax which was an OOP of $ 1.45.
I am so upset with Dawn downsizing their dish liquid to 9 oz. for $ .99 when it is on sale that I decided to try something different. I have also noticed that Dawn's liquid is not as thick as it used to be. So we will see how long this dish liquid lasts. If I like it, then I will like the price.
When I got home I quickly cooked two of the Italian turkey sausage which I had cut into chunks and added them to the crockpot. All I have to do to finish this is put some okra and corn in an hour or so before it is done and thicken the sauce a little. It smells delicious! Then I froze the rest of the sausage at 2 per bag.
After the money I spent today I have $ 55.13 left in my grocery budget for the rest of the month. I will most likely be rolling this into my February budget and starting the month with $ 255.13.
Since February is a short month, I have decided to do a No Spend Month. I have never done one. Have any of you? That means that I will only be spending what our monthly bills cost like cable, telephone, internet, heat and light, gasoline, and Netflix, etc. The only groceries that will be purchased will either be free or something that DH can't live without. I am so stockpiled that I can't think of anything that he would ask for except juice, milk and some produce.
No money will be spent on eating out, gifts, clothing, etc. I will let you know how it goes.
Today I am washing a load of clothes in the HE washer which I will hang to dry. There will be no TV for me until the NCIS's tonight. The only light that is on right now is here at my computer. It's about 50 degrees today so the heat isn't running constantly like it has been. I was thinking that my plastic ware that I use to store things in the fridge was looking a little old and that I should look for a sale to buy more. However, I remembered that I had a box of Lock N Lock storage bowls that I purchased for a gift and never used. So they now grace my cupboard and I didn't have to spend any more money today buying them. Sometimes when you need something, you can shop in your own home. Since I chose to cook in the crockpot today minimal energy is being used to cook dinner. Lastly, we got a bill for our lawn service for this coming lawn season. We save a 5% discount by paying it now. I am off to the exercise room.
Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you have done the past couple of days to save money.