|All the Snowmen and Gingerbread Men Cookies!|
I finished putting together the jigsaw puzzle, today! At first, I thought I was missing two pieces, but, I found them hiding behind the dining room drapes, so all the pieces are accounted for! After I took the picture, I broke up the puzzle and put all the pieces back into the box. The two puzzles have been put away until the end of the year, to be brought out and put together, again.
One of my friends texted me, today, to ask if she can bring a beef curry to the Rosary dinner. I was going to make a beef curry, but, I have learned that I always overestimate what I can do and underestimate my energy levels! LOL. So, her offer of help with the meal has been accepted with gratitude! One of my cousins called, too, to ask if I wanted her to bring anything, but, she is down with the flu and I didn't want her to get too tired.
I have made a tentative menu for the Rosary dinner:
Chicken curry (and beef curry, if my friend is able to make it)
Smoked sausages stir fried with bell peppers (this was a crowd favorite the last time I made it)
Cucumber salad (with tomatoes and red onions)
Papadum (lentil wafers)
Flan or pie or cake for dessert
I planned the menu so that there will be a choice of meat (chicken and sausages) if my friend is unable to bring the beef curry for whatever reason.
I went to one of the grocery stores, later in the afternoon, to do some grocery shopping (and take advantage of their sales). I didn't take any pictures of the groceries, but, I bought:
1 package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts @$1.99/lb = $7. 32
1 package boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders @ $1.99/lb = $6.03 (they didn't have a second package of the b/s chicken breasts)
1 (3 lb) bag of mandarins = $1.99
3 bags of tortilla chips @ $1.88 (had to buy 3 to get the sale price) = $5.64
4 smoked sausages @ $2.50 = $10.00
2 containers of mango nectar @$2.49 = $4.98
10 cans tuna in water @$.59 = $5.90
Total = $41.86
|2/3 Grocery Receipt|
All of the above, other than the tuna, are for the Rosary dinner.
My regular monthly grocery budget is $75 per month, but, my overall budget also includes $50 per month for almsgivings and rosary meals (although that was based on hosting one rosary per year). There is also another $50/month budgeted for "miscellaneous", each month, so I can take some money from that category, too, to cover expenses, if needed. So, I will increase February's grocery budget by $100, this month (almsgivings/rosary budget from January and February), for a total of $175 to spend on groceries, this month. I also had $9.90 left in my January budget (I will round it up to $10 for ease of accounting!)
So, my February grocery budget will be $175 + $10 carried over from January = $185.00
I spent $32.71 at the Sri Lankan store on Saturday and $41.86, today.
Balance remaining in the February grocery budget: $185 - $32.71 - $41.86 = $110.43
I need to buy more rice, lentils, and the fresh produce for the Rosary dinner. And maybe some soda.
On the way home from the grocery store, I stopped by the library to pick up a book that had been put on hold for me.
I spent the evening relaxing and making phone calls. I took the trash cans to the curb for pick up in the morning, but, it was too cold and windy to water the garden. Need to do that tomorrow, instead.
Today, I am grateful for:
- My friend's offer to make the beef curry
- Phone calls with family and friends
- Deals at the grocery store
Today's joyful activity was finishing the jigsaw puzzle!
Plans for tomorrow include cooking the chicken curry and, maybe more grocery shopping!
How was your Monday? Have you gone grocery shopping yet, this month? How do you budget for parties, etc.? Do you have a separate budget for when you entertain?