So far, we've spent nothing for groceries this week (my weeks run from when we get paid so it started yesterday). Yesterday, we had leftovers and canned peaches for dinner. Tonight we had a hodge podge for dinner, Mac n cheese and rice with veggies. I made chili tonight that will go in the crock pot for tomorrow's dinner. I don't think I've ever blogged about this but my secret to making crock pot meals during the week is a plugin timer. If I start the crock pot right away in the morning, it is too long for most meals. I plug it into the timer and set the timer to start around noon or whatever time I like. This has greatly increased my use of the crock pot during the week.
For my neighbor and friend who just had the twins, I'm going to make a cheesy hamburger potato casserole. I have everything for it already and I think it will be easy for them to reheat at their convenience. For my friend's birthday, I'm going to make bacon Bacon dip which I will need sour cream for and maybe chocolate chip bars which I think I have everything for. I've made the dip before and she raved about it so it's fitting that I would bring it to her party.
I will need to buy fruit and milk this weekend. That will pretty much exhaust the $21.
I did decide that its highly unlikely that I will be able to succeed at this challenge and include the money for the fruit for my work event. I'm okay with that. I'm obligated to participate in that because of my role at work and I do make a good income that comes with certain obligations.
I also talked to my very good friend in real life and she said she is going to do the same thing. Like us, they do well but she is always looking for ways to save money.