How was your week? Mine was as hectic as I anticipated. Planning my meals helped tremendously and I didn’t have to spend any extra time grocery shopping. That was nice.
Today I spent some time cleaning the kitchen, emptying out the frig, shopping for some groceries, and organizing the finances. I only spent $33 at the grocery store. On Tuesday I’ll stop at Hannaford’s for fresh greens and salad fixings, in which I hope to only spend another $20. We are really low on groceries right now, but we don’t have the extra money to stockpile extra food.
Yesterday was Mr. Tech’s birthday. We had more of a relaxing day and then in the evening we ordered Chinese and I bought a German chocolate cake at a really nice bakery. I had planned to make a meal, but I didn’t have the energy to go shopping and make dumplings from scratch. I had a yummy recipe picked out, but I was so tired. Because we ordered out instead, we spent more money than I wanted to. But the extra expense was worth it to make Mr. Tech happy.
Unfortunately last night after I returned from getting the cake and Chinese, I also started to get a sore throat. I rested some this morning, but I still feel awful. I can’t miss school tomorrow, but I am worried that my head will be cloudy. Once I’m done with the blog post, I have school work to do. I have to create a quiz, read a chapter, and finish grading. This may not sound like a lot, but the grading alone will probably take over 2 hours.
Besides feeling stressed about school, I’m also really stressed about finances. I got my first school paycheck on Thursday. I forgot to factor in retirement, so my paycheck is $100 less than I was planning. With tutoring I’m able to make back some of that amount, but with the amount of debts that we have, it’s always a struggle. Mr. Tech is bringing in some money, but it’s hard to plan when I’m not sure what he is bringing home. Though he is going to be doing a side programming job soon and with that money I hope we can pay off the Capital One credit card that we’ve been spending on lately and his Business credit card.
I’m really happy that I know how to save us money. I don’t feel like we are lacking. It’s just meeting our montly minimums and extra goals can be stressful and challenging. I hope we can hit the goals I’m setting for us. Saving at the grocery store definitely helps, allowing us to get Chinese, and pay extra towards our bills. This week our menu plan is a little boring, but it will be yummy just the same. Last week, everything went as planned, except I didn’t do frozen pizzas. This is what I planned for this week.
Weekly Menu Plan
-Saturday: Chinese Food – Mr. Tech’s Birthday
-Sunday: Pizza (Mr. Tech went to Boston with the kids for a job and got pizza)
-Monday: Leftover Chinese Food (tutor)
-Tuesday: Tacos and Salad (kids night)
-Wednesday: Chicken Teriyaki with Quinoa
-Thursday: Leftovers (kids soccer, tutor)
-Friday: Goat Cheese Quiche with Bacon and Brocolli (tutor)
Cheers to a busy week!