I got to aunt's house around 1:30 p.m. Her caregiver had made lunch (rice, beef curry, green beans, and dhal), and they both insisted that I ate some lunch. Later in the afternoon, cousin P and her daughter joined us, so aunt was happy because she had company.
On my way home from aunt's, I stopped at an Indian grocery store, which was also a small restaurant, as well. I went off my low carb diet, today, and bought two samosas ($1 each) for dinner:
|Samosas and Mint Chutney|
|Frozen Grated Coconut and Kheer Mix|
My bill came to $14.94 with tax, of which $3.96 was for groceries (the cans of coconut milk); the rest is from the household budget (dipping into the March household budget to pay for what I bought, today).
|Dollar Store Receipt|
Finally, I stopped at the grocery store and bought:
2 pineapples $.99@ = $1.98
1 loaf of bread = $1.99
1 bottle of salad dressing = $2.19
1 container of yogurt = $2.50 (the dollar store didn't have the big containers of yogurt, today)
Total = $8.66
I also bought a 16 lb. bag of cat food, which was $9.99 plus tax (not included in the grocery budget).
|Grocery Store Receipt|
Today's grocery spending:
$3.99 + $3.96 + $8.66 = $16.61
February grocery budget = $75 + $5.55 from January = $80.55
Spent to date: $5.00 + $7.80 + $10.51 + $9.30 + $29.04 + $16.61 = $78.26
Balance remaining in February grocery budget: $80.55 - $78.26 = $2.29
I need to buy half a gallon of milk ($1.99), on Thursday, before my daughter comes home. There's just enough left in the budget for that! Ha, ha. I don't quite know why I didn't want to buy the milk, today, but, I can buy it Thursday afternoon. I will probably buy a dozen eggs, then, as well (with the March grocery budget, as eggs are on sale for $1.49/doz. this week).
There were several pineapple tops that had been broken off and kept by the side of the bin with the pineapples, and I picked them up and brought home with me! So far, I have managed to root one pineapple top (I haven't planted it, yet) and I am hoping that these will root, too! If they do, I might have the beginnings of my own pineapple plantation going, just like Nathalie at the ImperfectlyFrugally blog did (she has since closed her blog, so I am not providing a link to it, here; but she had several pineapple plants growing in her backyard).
After I came home and photographed and put away the groceries, I ate my samosas and had a cup of tea. Later, I did the dishes, chatted on the phone with Aunt C and friend R, texted with cousin N, and video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to visit Aunt T
- A safe drive there and back
- Treats from the Indian store
- Phone calls with family and friends
- Cousin N assuring me that she is able to drive me home from the eye doctor's appointment in March (I will have my eyes dilated and I will not be allowed to drive myself back).
Wednesday's To Do List:
- Tidy the house!
- Clean the bathrooms
- Water the indoor plants
How was your Tuesday? How did you do with your grocery shopping this month?