Once I got up, I made myself a cup of coffee. I drink instant coffee that is made with milk, for the most part (it's the only time I drink milk), but I also add a splash of flavored coffee creamer to it, along with two teaspoons of sugar! I know I should probably eliminate the sugar, or, at the very least, reduce it, but I haven't been able to do so, yet. I consider this as my breakfast (although, I should probably consider it dessert!). Today, I also had one of the small bananas, a bit later. Did you know that a regular sized banana is actually considered as two servings of fruit?
I spent a relaxed morning and early part of the afternoon, responding to blog comments, checking emails, etc. Around mid-afternoon, I decided to go to the pharmacy, as I had a $5 off coupon (Extra Care Bucks) that was expiring today. Since I didn't have anything in particular that I needed, I bought something for my daughter. I paid $2.95, out of pocket.
There is a grocery store in the same shopping center as the pharmacy (in addition to the dollar store I go to all the time) and they were advertising 2 lb. containers of strawberries for $1.99, which is a good price. So I planned to go to the grocery store, as well, for some strawberries and cold cuts (on sale for $1.99; regular price, $3.99).
But, before I left the house, I called my neighbor T to check on her and told her I was planning to go to the pharmacy and the grocery store and I asked her if she needed anything. She asked me to buy a box of mini muffins that she likes. So, I bought her a box of the muffins that she wanted and a package of strawberries, a package of roast beef cold cuts, as well as a container of flavored coffee creamer, for myself. I didn't really need the coffee creamer, because I still have some in the fridge, but, this brand of creamer was on sale for less than the store brand that I usually buy, so I figured I'll take advantage of the lower price.
1 box Mini muffins = $4.99
1 container coffee creamer = $2.50
2 lb. strawberries = $1.99
7 oz. roast beef cold cuts = $1.99
Total = $11.47
I am including the cost of the mini muffins for my neighbor in my grocery budget because I didn't accept reimbursement for them from her.
September grocery budget = $75
Spent to date:
8/29 = $3.20 (came from September grocery budget)
9/5 = $12.11 (September grocery shopping week 1)
9/11 = $1.99 (for milk)
9/14 = $3.00 (for bread)
9/18 = $10.61
9/19 = $11.47
Total spent to date = $42.38
Balance remaining = $75 - $42.38 = $32.62
After I came home, I called my neighbor to ask if I could come over to give her the box of muffins, but she asked if she could come over, instead. That was fine with me, so she came over and we visited for a bit. She brought me a container of calcium tablets that she had received as a buy-one-get-one free deal, claiming she couldn't possibly use both containers. I accepted it, gratefully, because I am taking three of these calcium pills, daily, per my doctor's orders.
Around 5:00 p.m., I had a sandwich with some of the cold cuts, for a late lunch and had a cup of tea, a short while later, since it was tea time, as well.
Today's temperature was in the upper 80s, but it cooled down a little after sunset. I haven't been going for my daily walks, recently, but I went for a 20 minute walk, today, as it was cooler. I walked the same distance I had walked earlier; I will try to walk a little further, the next time I walk.
After I came home, I did some cooking: beef curry, sauteed green beans (they have dark roasted curry powder and dried Maldive fish flakes added to them), and lentil (dhal) curry:
|Beef Curry, Green Beans, Lentils|
I had some of it for dinner, with leftover rice:
I had just finished cooking and washing the dishes, when cousin P called to ask if I've eaten dinner - she wanted to bring me a slice of pizza, but I said I had just finished cooking dinner and besides, I still have half my pizza in the fridge! So, we chatted on the phone, instead. Then, I had my dinner.
Daughter called shortly after that and we video chatted for a bit.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to sleep in!
- Being able to redeem a $5 off coupon at the pharmacy
- My neighbor giving me an extra bottle of calcium tablets
- Offer of pizza from cousin
- Video chatting with my daughter
Wednesday's To Do List:
- Vacuum the house
- Go to the pharmacy - DONE
- Go to the grocery store for strawberries - DONE
- Cook the beef I put to thaw - DONE
I didn't vacuum today, either! Shall do it, tomorrow.
Thursday's To Do List:
- Cook the cauliflower
- Water the indoor plants
- Go to the Armenian grocery store
How was your Wednesday?