|March 13 Groceries: Fresh Produce, Meat, etc.|
I went grocery shopping today and bought meat (chicken and beef), eggs, turkey cold cuts, a package of chili powder, and fresh produce. I also stocked up on cans of coconut water and coconut milk.
|March 13 Groceries: Canned Items|
Chicken drumsticks, $.59/lb = $1.50
Beef shoulder steak, $2.99/lb = $2.60
Turkey breast cold cuts, 9 oz. package = $1.19
1 doz. large eggs = $1.29
Gala apples, $.39/lb = $.60
Bananas, $.49/lb = $.52
Green grapes, $.99/lb. = $1.29
D'anjou pears, $.49/lb = $.49
Red potatoes, $.33/lb = $.29
Green beans, $1.29/lb = $.52
Yuca/cassava, $.79/lb = $.51
Yams, $.33/lb = $.16
Carrots, 1 lb. bag = $.45
Chili Powder, 6 oz. = $2.49
4 cans coconut milk, $.89/can = $3.56
6 cans coconut water, $.69 + $.05 deposit/can = $4.44
Total = $21.90
|March 13 Receipt|
I am learning to buy small quantities of everything - just enough for about a week to 10 days for myself. So, just a little over 2 lbs. of chicken and just under 1 lb. of beef, 3 bananas, 3 apples, 2 pears, the smallest bag of grapes, less than 1 lb. of green beans, etc. I still have half a bag of spinach, half a head of lettuce, some beets, and a carrot in the fridge, as well as an onion and oranges from the tree.
I went ahead and bought the eggs for $1.29; of course, now that I've bought them, they'll probably go on sale for $.99 next week! :D
Earlier, on March 6, I had bought bananas ($.85), grapes ($1.66), butter ($2.99) and spent a total of $5.50.
March grocery budget = $75
Spent to date = $5.50 + $21.90 = $27.40
Balance left in the budget = $47.60
It was another warm (88F), sunny day, today. One of my cousins called me in the morning and we had a nice chat. Then, I did some office work. I did the grocery shopping in the late afternoon. I think, if I had done only the grocery shopping, it would have been fine. I already felt a little tired after I came back from the store, but I pushed myself to go to the garden center, as well, since I had been postponing that for several days, and it might have been a little too much.
I walked around the garden center, looking at all the plants they had for sale, including the vegetable seedlings, but only bought two bags of soil amendment. Each bag was 2 cubic feet and I could barely move them, they felt so heavy to me! I managed to tip one into the cart and I was tugging at the second one when another shopper, a young man, asked me if I'd like some help with it. I said, "Yes, please" and he lifted it quite easily and put it into my cart. At the check out, the cashier asked if I needed help loading them into my car and I said, yes, please, again. So she called for help loading and I waited maybe 10 minutes or so for someone to arrive, but no one did! I got tired of waiting and so, managed to load the bags into the trunk of my car and came home. It took some effort, but I managed to unload them from the car as well, but I left them in the garage. They were too heavy for me to carry to the back yard!
Then, I took the trash can and the yardwaste bin to the curb for pick up in the morning.
By then, I was hungry (I had eaten a slice of pizza for lunch, but that had been several hours ago) and exhausted! I couldn't even take the time to make a cup of tea! I ate some of the chocolate pudding I had made earlier and fell asleep sitting up in my arm chair! LOL! I woke up after about an hour and made my way to the sofa and lay down for another hour or so, but didn't fall asleep. Eventually, I got up and made myself some scrambled eggs on toast for dinner and that cup of tea I didn't have, earlier. Later, I had some grapes.
Then, cleaned the fridge, emptied the waste baskets, and took the kitchen trash, etc., to the big trash bin at the curb. Rinsed out the kitchen trash can, too.
I had planned to cook the chicken and the beef, but it will wait until tomorrow. I had planned to water the back garden, but that, too, will have to wait until tomorrow. As for the planting bed, I think I'll wait until Friday when my gardener friend comes to do the garden and have him finish it for me.
Monday's To Do List:
- Grocery shop! - DONE
- Menu plan lunches for the week (to take to the office) - DONE (turkey cold cuts sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches)
- Garden center for soil amendments
- Finish the planting bed - Have gardener finish it
- Water the back garden - Tuesday
- Clean out the fridge - DONE
- Empty waste baskets - DONE
- Take trash cans to curb - DONE
- Daily tasks (put away dishes/wash dishes/clean litter box, etc.)
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Office work
- Water the back garden
- Bring the trash cans in
- Cook the chicken and the beef
- Water the indoor plants
- Daily tasks
Today, I am grateful for:
- Another sunny, warm day
- Getting the grocery shopping done
- Managing to wrestle the bags of soil amendment in and out of the car!
- Chatting on the phone with my cousin, video chatting with my daughter, exchanging emails with my friend
- Being OK, even if I overdid things a bit!
How was your Monday?