Another successful day on the mission to only spend on Needs for a month.
I walked to the Max to get to work and had several meetings that filled up my day. Our office provides coffee so when I can’t get coffee at home, I can get it at work. I ate leftover roasted red pepper and tomato bisque for lunch because Andy ate the spaghetti with meat sauce I was dying to eat. The sacrifices we make for love…
After cleaning out the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, I realized I HAD to go grocery shopping. I initially thought I was only going to get a couple of things, but I ended up stocking up so that we would be able to eat for a minimum of two weeks. For tips on how I shop for maximum savings with maximum sanity, see Saving on Food, Part 1: Groceries.
For dinner, I was inspired by this post on Smitten Kitchen:
I cubed a large cucumber, a ripe avocado, and two heirloom tomatoes and mixed them with a large dollop of plain nonfat Greek yogurt. I stirred in a little of a dill dip mix that Andy found at the farmer’s market. Then I chilled it for a couple of hours in the fridge and let the flavors meld. OMFG, this salad is a game changer! Andy and I agreed that it would need to become a constant in our fridge.
Because we can’t live on salad alone, I also made a pizza with whole wheat crust (the kind in a tube because ain’t nobody got time for homemade crust on a weeknight), heirloom tomato slices instead of sauce, a generous sprinkling of basil, fresh mozzarella (thanks, half-price manager special!), some shaved parmesan, sliced uncured jalapeno cheddar bratwurst (again, thanks, half-price manager special!), and some artichoke antipasto from Trader Joe’s. Andy said, and I quote, “This has to be one of the best pizzas you’ve ever made, and it’s not like your other pizzas aren’t great.” I would call that a win. Unfortunately, I don’t have photo documentation of the pizza, so I’ll just have to make it again.
We play Geeks Who Drink on Wednesdays so that was an activity where I knew there would be some temptation to spend money. The whole reason bars and restaurants do Geeks Who Drink is to bring in people who are going to spend money on a normally slow night. I usually try to order either a beer or an appetizer or something, but I stuck with club soda. I like the carbonation and taste, and it’s hydrating. If no one at our table had been purchasing food or drinks, I would have felt bad about not buying anything and taking up space at the restaurant. However, we’re there every week, Andy tipped extra for the service I received, and the other five people at our table ordered food and at least two drinks each. As soon as No Spend September is done, I’ll resume buying something during trivia because I like to support local business, but for now I’m sticking to the goal at hand. Bonus: I won a beer so I can use that to save some $$$ when teacher training is done! And our team won by 10 points!
Day 2 verdict: Success!
Spending: $153 on groceries, and I only used my car to go to the grocery store.
Income: $.60 interest income