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Progress on Lunch Challenge

July 18th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Well, last week I ate lunch out two days. One day was when a person came to interview for a job at my work. We always go out to lunch with them. It was fairly inexpensive, only $9.53 for my portion. The other day I went out to lunch was free for me, because it was a vendor we deal with who took me to lunch and paid. So, good for me.

Anyway, because of that I had 2 tuna pouches and 1/2 a bag of carrots left over that I need to use.

Monday - we are closing on our house tomorrow, so I have no idea what lunch will be. I am taking the day off from work. If I am back at home by lunch, I will eat lunch in, probably a peanut butter sandwich. If not, who knows?

Tuesday - Starkist tuna pouch, mayo, seasonings, saltines, bag of peanuts, apple, filtered water

Wednesday - Starkist tuna pouch, mayo, seasonings, saltines, bag of peanuts, apple, filtered water

Thursday - 1/2 bag of Tyson refrigerated chicken strips, mayo, bread, handful of almonds, apple, filtered water

Friday - 1/2 bag of Tyson refrigerated chicken strips, mayo, bread, handful of almonds, apple, filtered water

I got an excellent deal on the Tyson refrigerated chicken strips. Sometimes the store puts meat like this on markdown because it will expire soon. I always check the date to make sure I am not getting old meat. It was marked down to $1.99. I had a $0.55 coupon which doubled to $1.00.

Update on Lunch Challenge and Other Stuff

July 10th, 2010 at 01:18 pm

Well, Friday I was not feeling well and so did not go to work. I did have to go to the grocery store and get a couple of cans of soup, crackers, and juice, though. So, I guess I did spend money to buy that lunch.

So, I am still doing the Lunch Challenge. Here are my lunches for the next week.

1) Romaine lettuce salad with Starkist tuna, carrots, olive oil for dressing, and a little salt; apple; handful of almonds; 2 tea bags; bottle of filtered water from home

2) Romaine lettuce salad with Starkist tuna, carrots, olive oil for dressing, and a little salt; apple; handful of almonds; 2 tea bags; bottle of filtered water from home

3) Romaine lettuce salad with Starkist tuna, carrots, olive oil for dressing, and a little salt; apple; handful of almonds; 2 tea bags; bottle of filtered water from home

4) Starkist tuna, mayo, saltine crackers, and lemon pepper seasoning; apple; carrots; handful of almonds; 2 tea bags; bottle of filtered water from home

5) Starkist tuna, mayo, saltine crackers, and lemon pepper seasoning; apple; carrots; handful of almonds; 2 tea bags; bottle of filtered water from home

I am so proud of my grocery shopping savings today. Hellman's mayo was on sale for $2.99 at Walgreens today. I also had a couple for $0.75, bringing the total way down. Hellman's mayo is usually over $5.00 at the grocery store, so I was thrilled. I also needed Q-tips, which I had a $0.30 coupon for. At my grocery store, I took my fabric shopping bags with me and got a $0.05 per bag discount. I had a store coupon for $1.50 off if I bought 4 bags of frozen veggies, which were on sale for 10 for $10.00. So, I bought four! I also needed to buy about 10 to 12 oz of canned chicken to make chicken sandwiches later in the week. I was going to buy the Swanson's canned chicken, which was on sale for $1.99 for a 5 oz can. Then, I noticed the Hormel brand was on sale for the same price and I had a $1.00 coupon if I bought 2. Knudsen's juice was on sale BOGOF. I needed to get Friskie's cat treats for my furbabies. The treats are always $1.69 unless on sale. I had a $1.00 coupon. The biggest surprise was that I needed to get some Scotch Brite sponges which were on sale 10 for $10.00. I had a coupon for $1.00 off if I buy 2, so I got 2. I saved $16.54 just at the grocery store and $3.05 at Walgreens.

Oh, I also added $20.00 each to my car savings and professional memberships/conferences accounts.

Pay Day and Other Stuff

July 9th, 2010 at 02:12 pm

Well, I got paid again today. I set aside $150 for moving costs, as we are moving out by the end of the month. We will be closing on our house by the end of next week. I am excited and scared to death at the same time. Today, we had to go out and buy some paint to do some little touch ups to the outside of the house to satisfy the appraiser. I also made another payment on Hospital Debt #2, bringing the balance to $577.60. My husband was both surprised and pleased when he realized the hospital bills would be entirely paid off early next year. He didn't really acknowledge it other than that, but he did seem pretty surprised. I don't usually tell him anything about that, because he seems to get upset when I tell him how much debt we have left to pay. Oh well.

Update on Lunch Challenge

July 4th, 2010 at 11:46 am

Well, I only had lunch out 1 day last week. I probably shouldn't have even done that, but I was having a bad day at work and needed to get out of there for awhile. As most everyone else, Monday is a holiday for me, so I won't be going to work, or probably anywhere else for that matter. So, no worries about having lunch out that day. Here are my lunches planned out. In my effort to drink less soda, I have packed twice as many tea bags as usual.

Monday - peanut butter and honey sandwich; slices of cucumber with salt; glass of filtered water or organic vegetable juice

Tuesday - sliced turkey sandwich with mayo and slice of onion; apple; boiled egg with salt; bottle of filtered water from home; four tea bags

Wednesday - sliced turkey sandwich with mayo and slice of onion; apple; cucumber slices with salt; bottle of filtered water from home; four tea bags

Thursday - sliced turkey sandwich with mayo and sliced onion; apple; boiled egg with salt; bottle of filtered water from home; four tea bags

Friday - sliced turkey sandwich with mayo and sliced onion; apple; cucumber slices with salt; bottle of filtered water from home; four tea bags

I already had peanut butter and honey on hand at home, so the cost is minimal there. I got the package of sliced turkey at the grocery store. It was on sale 2 for $7.00. I bought one package and had a $1.00 off coupon and it has 4 servings of turkey in it, bring the cost per serving out to about $0.62. Cucumbers were on sale for $0.75 each. I got two. Eggs were on sale for $1.00 per package. I got two because dh likes to eat a lot of eggs. I can't remember the cost for the eggs. The apples were on sale for $1.49 per pound and I got six.