This week we took our first official grocery trip after we spent the afternoon at ArtPrize. As I mentioned in my original Spending Freeze post I am planning to spend no more than $10 each week to feed my family of 3. I know it seems crazy, but we do have a small stockpile of food in the basement so I think we'll make do for a while.
Since we were going to be in Grand Rapids for ArtPrize we decided to do our shopping at Sam's. With $10. Yeah, it was a crazy idea. To be honest if we lived closer to Sam's or Aldis I think I could do $10/week for food fairly easily. However being 40 minutes away from the nearest Sam's and Aldis does not make weekly shopping there feasible. That being said I knew my $10 for the week was not going to go very far, especially since I knew I could stand to stock up on flour (I'm baking my own bread now) and milk (it's only $1.99!), among other things.
I started praying that God would provide more money for us to stock up on a few items. After perusing Sam's website I determined that I could really use $40 to buy the following items: 25lbs of flour, 1 canister of basil (since Liam dumped mine and I use it a lot), 5 gallons of milk (we freeze it), salt, 2 rotisserie chickens (they're only $4.88!) and a pair of winter pajamas for Liam (they have the cheapest new fleece pajamas around). I began praying specifically for that amount.
God answered my prayer in two phases. First, I suddenly remembered that I had gotten a $5 gift card from Sam's in the mail recently. I was going to use it when we stocked up at Sam's before beginning the Spending Freeze but Will went for me instead and I didn't have a chance to give it to him. So I tucked that into my wallet along with my $10. Then, a couple days later I unexpectedly received $25 as a gift for something that I had done for some friends thus giving me the exact amount I had prayed for.
So we stopped at Sam's on our way home from ArtPrize and picked up the flour, milk, chicken, salt, basil, and pajamas. Our total: $39.09! So I guess technically we spent more than $10 but the money beyond the $10 didn't come from our bank account so I'm willing to let it slide.
Then we went home and I made one of our favorites: Southwest Chicken and Rice Casserole!
And lest you think we don't eat very well I'll recap a few of the meals from this week:
- Cold Cereal
- Baked Oatmeal
- Fresh Fruit
- Deli Meat Sandwiches
- Fresh Fruit/Vegetables
- Ham and Cheese Stromboli
- Will was able to score free lunch at work several days this week
- Leftover Chicken Teriyaki and Rice (with peppers from our garden) from last week
- Chicken Alfredo Pasta, Zucchini sauteed with Italian Dressing and Tomatoes, Salad, Breadsticks
- Ditto (we had it Tuesday night with Will's parents and then ate leftovers on Thursday)
- Popcorn (because we leave for church on Wednesdays shortly after Will gets home from work I feed Liam dinner before we leave and Will and I have popcorn when we get home)
- Southwest Chicken and Rice Casserole with corn on the cob (we'll have the leftovers next week!)
- Pizza (our Saturday night/Sunday afternoon tradition)