Tuesday, November 19, 2019

More Grocery Shopping on Monday

Both Dancer and I are feeling a little better, today.  He has been sleeping most of the day, but, he has meowed at me to ask for tuna and he even ate some of his dry food, as well.  I didn't call the vet because I felt he was getting better, but, I will call the vet if I feel it is needed.

I was very tempted to take it easy and spend the day sewing, today.  In fact, I ironed all the quilt blocks and unpicked and resewed the one quilt block that I had sewn upside down.  But, it was a warm sunny day and I wanted to run a couple of errands before the cold and rainy weather arrives, later this week!

I went to the gas station, first, as my gas tank was just below half and I like to have a full tank in case of emergencies.  Gas, at the cheapest station in my area, was $3.79/gallon, today; 6 cents cheaper than it was last week!  I filled up the tank (I already had just under half a tank of gas) and it cost $35.12.

Then, I went to my favorite dollar store to buy a few groceries:

11/18 Groceries

I bought:
2 bagged salad mixes @  $1 = $2.00
4 individual containers of yogurt @ $.50 = $2.00
Bananas @ $.49/lb = $.59
1 bag hot wings = $4.00
2 packages (1 lb. each) bacon @ $1.50 = $3.00
1 frozen pizza = $1.00
1 package desiccated coconut = $1.00

My total came to $13.56, according to the receipt (I rounded up the amounts I paid to the nearest dollar, above).

11/18 Receipt

November grocery budget = $75
Spent to date = $13.95 + $2 + $13.56 = $29.51
Balance left = $75 - $29.51 = $45.49

I hadn't planned to buy bacon, but, it was on sale for $1.50 (50% off the regular price because it was nearing its "sell by date" at the end of the month).  I will freeze them and they'll be fine for several more months after that.

I also hadn't planned to buy the frozen pizza (not a brand I am familiar with), but, I wanted to try it (it has a garlic bread crust and Alfredo sauce instead of tomato sauce) and it was only $.99!  I baked it for dinner and I thought it was quite good. 

After I came home and put away the groceries, I watered the front garden and took the trash cans out to the curb.

I had eaten a slice of bread with cheese in the morning for brunch and had eaten a banana before I watered the garden.  But, around 5:00 p.m., I was hungry and, instead of having my usual cup of tea, I ate a salad with some sliced grilled chicken breast added to it.  I was hoping that it would do for dinner, too, but, around 8:30 p.m., I got hungry, again, and that's when I baked the pizza and had a slice of it.  They do say "feed a cold" don't they?  LOL.  I wrapped up two slices of the pizza and froze them and put the rest of the pizza in the fridge for tomorrow. 

I watched news and knitted another hat in the evening.  Later, I video chatted with my daughter.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Both Dancer and I feeling a little better
- Bargains at the dollar store
- Gas for the car
- Water for the garden
- A warm, sunny day in which to run errands

Today's joyful activity was knitting.

Plans for tomorrow include sewing the quilt top and watching some of the House hearings.

How was your Monday?  How is your November grocery budget coming along?  What are your plans for Tuesday?


  1. Glad to hear that both you and Dancer are feeling a little better and I hope you are quickly back to your normal selves.

    I've reviewed my budget for 2020 but still need to make tweaks to the food element of that budget so I'm recording all of my food purchases to the end of the year to work out a reasonable monthly amount. I think I should be able to make some savings which will be good!

    1. Thank you, Eileen. Both Dancer and I are a lot better, today.

      Recording your purchases is a good way to form your grocery budget. I kept track of every single purchase for three months and averaged it to get a monthly amount, when I first started to make a budget. Since then, I've adjusted a few things as needed, but, the grocery budget has remained more or less the same for several years. It would be good if you are able to realize some savings after you review your grocery budget. :)

  2. How nice that you found an inexpensive new pizza you like. A good treat to have in the freezer for when you feel like something different.

    1. I just might go back and purchase another pizza to keep in the freezer. I prefer the pizzas with tomato sauce, but, tomato-based products often give me acid indigestion. I didn't experience any discomfort from this pizza, with its white sauce, last night. :)

  3. Glad you're both feeling a little better. That pizza looks really yummy. I shall have to look out for one. Really good price on the bacon! I don't buy it that often as it is almost $5 a pack here and I can't bring myself to spend that much lol.

    Glad you enjoyed the sunny day! I'm trying to enjoy the sunny days and then use the not-so-nice ones to do more crafty indoor work.

    1. Thank you, Sharon.

      I liked the pizza; it was also very good, cold, this morning, for breakfast! That was an excellent price for bacon, wasn't it? I wouldn't buy much bacon at full price, myself.

      It's a sunny day, today, too, but, I am glad I got the shopping done, yesterday, as I don't seem to have a lot of energy, today. I think going out during sunny days and working indoors on the other days will be a good strategy for winter. :)

  4. I would have bought 4 packages of bacon, brought them home and cooked them, then frozen them for later use! That is a great buy on bacon!
    Glad you are feeling more like yourself and sincerely hope you take the day to sew and recoup.

    1. I did wonder if I should buy another package of bacon! But, I think two would be enough for me. I tend to eat more of it if I have it and I shouldn't eat too much of it!

      Thank you; yes, I am going to take it easy, today.

  5. Glad you are feeling better! I always am confused...do you "feed a cold starve a fever" I guess?! lol Your grocery shopping....you sure got a lot with your money! I always freeze bacon anyway...after I open the package and use a few strips, then I divide the strips and freeze. Andrea

    1. Thank you, Andrea. I was pleased with my purchases, yesterday. I, too, divide the bacon strips and freeze them in smaller packages. :)

  6. What a good idea to take advantage of the sunny weather to run some errands. I'm glad you were able to relax and knit in the evening.
    I only went out to the communal mailbox today and it was quite a pleasant walk. I met a neighbour with a large cuddly dog and we chatted. After I came back I fetched out the Christmas lights and checked each string and then put them on the bush. It was nice and mild, +5°C, so it wasn't hard to do, but I did come in with a whole lot of bits from the bush on my jacket and in my hair!

    1. I wanted to try and get the errands done at the start of the week, without thinking about doing them all week! I'm trying hard not to procrastinate, too much!

      I'm glad your walk to the mail box was a pleasant one and you were able to chat with a neighbor (and her dog), as well. Well done on getting the Christmas lights out, checked, and put on the bush. Now you don't have to worry about having to do that later, when it is colder. Hope you were able to brush off the bits that got on you!

  7. I'm relieved both you and Dancer are feeling better. X


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