22 Jul
2009
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No Spend Month Continues

Totally worth $16.68 on burn-related medical supplies for myself.

Totally worth $16.68 on burn-related medical supplies for myself.

We are nearing the home stretch and I’m shocked (and proud) to say it looks like we will meet our goal, knock on wood! We have spent $55.99 in gas, which wasn’t actually that bad, and our Jetta tank is still on “full”. (Yay for the diesel Jetta!) In fact, after accounting for grocery spending, some small gifts we bought various people at Target, some burn-aid medical supplies from a kitchen mishap I had, and, um, moments of weakness where we ate out at Casino El Camino and I snuck off to Chipotle for a lunch burrito with a friend, we have spent $314.43 of our $400. That leaves us $85.57 until the Friday after this.

Benjamin clearly likes home cooking. Apparently stuffed animals long for it, too.

Benjamin clearly likes home cooking. Apparently stuffed animals long for it, too.

That is no windfall (we could have kept another $30 without Casino El Camino–it’s a long story, though I can’t say I regret it) but after some good buys we got last week on chicken breasts, pasta, etc. we should be able to eke by this weekend and next week with only minimal purchases and celebrate by spending possibly our final $10 with Benjamin on the UT Cookie Cutter Kids class on making ice cream. Yay! No celebrating yet…but at least we aren’t sunk!

What are you proud of this month? Also, want this really yummy soup recipe? It is really easy! Check it out – got to love Martha. I used tortilla chips instead of making them with baked tortillas because I wanted to have extra for a snack later.

2 Comments

  • Got inspired by this post and made this recipe tonight…YUM! Some other additions that work well: tomatillos, green beans, hatch chiles (instead of jalapenos), shredded parmesan. (Just happens to be what was in my fridge.) Your other note about digging deeper into the pantry relates to why I made this tonight…I inventoried our freezer today, in the spirit of my very organized engineer friend. Found homemade stock and chicken breasts…voila…soup!

    • Cory, I like the idea of hatch chiles, esp. I am not a huge fan of jalapenos. 🙂 And green beans, tomatillos and parmesan sound delish. Thanks!

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