Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I call these guys
Dinner last Friday and planned leftovers for Saturday. ($8.54 for the 10+ lb. pair, by the way.) Originally, the menu called for Pork Fried Rice....but that's a whole other story. Now that would have been quite a trick, my friends.....
Unfortunately (or fortunately ?) we had the first slippage of the challenge on Saturday night. Guests. Who we hosted for dinner....because I forgot to return their DVD to redbox. Know what happens then? Mmmmm, a nifty $25 fine. So we invited them to dinner because they flat refused to take cash for my little misadventure.
So I just could not serve Meal # 2 (see below) to our guests. You guessed it.....take out Chinese. Which reminded me why I started this all in the first place. Because it cost the same as a WEEK of groceries. Although I did throughly enjoy my Scallion Pancakes and General Tso's Chicken for several lunches.
And may I say, said DVD...Mamma Mia! was so. not. worth. it. It's been a long time since I couldn't bear to sit for one more minute of a movie. So sad, because I loved the show, and the music, and the actors....but this was pure torture. But, I digress.
So the "Twins" broke down like this:
Meal #1: 1.5 chickens for 6 of us. The .5? the legs and wings. Who know, my kids LOVE the wings and drumsticks. Blech, I mean broccoli and instant mashed potatoes on the side. And lest you think me a total ogre tothe kids during the challenge, Klondike bars for dessert (less than $0.42 each.)
Add tortillas, shredded cheese, lettuce and tomato,
plus a healthy glob of salsa (PACE preferred), and voila......Chicken Quesadillas. For those of you not watching their weight, feel free to add a "dollop of Daisy" sour cream too. Had some avacados as well, but I was too lazy to cut them up. Due to some grumbling on the part of some children, only 2 of us enjoyed the quesadillas.
So, for the past 17 days, my family has stuck to the menu plan and listened to "No, I am not buying [insert wasteful item here], did you forget that it's Cheapskate Challenge month?"
And now I've got to get back to the kitchen......
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Well, since you asked:
While having the the inevitable "New Year's Resolution" talk, Honey and I were discussing goals (his) for the year. I'm not much for resolutions, since I never have managed to follow through on many. Ok, any. But he did bring up a good point: finances in a devastating economy. He suggested a month long spending fast.
A spending fast? Excuse me, as any dieter knows, fasting usually brings on binging. MAJOR binging. Certainly, getting control of spending was a wise idea. So, I rolled it around in my head for a while.
And here's what I came up with: Cheapskate Challenge.
How little could we spend in a single month and still get by. How could we minimze spending on the things we have control over? Obviously, mortgage, insurance, taxes, utilities would be have to be paid. But we did have choice when it came to food, entertainment and other discretionary spending. So I proposed a challenge. To see just cheap we could be over the course of one month. Fortunately, February is the shortest month of the year!
We've planned a month's worth of low-fuss meals (thanks $5dinner Mom!), and agreed to put a moratorium on restaurant, take-out and other expenses that are not absolutely necessary.
So after just one day, I tortured the cashier at Dominick's and almost had a nervous breakdown in CVS, but that's a story for another day.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Poor Fuji is literally up to her neck in snow. She is still kind confused about what a walk is for, but she is getting faster at doing her business.
Meanwhile, the family gears up for a new tradition:
..stay tuned for gory the details.