Basically the general guidelines

  1. we will allow ourselves to dine out once per quarter to allow for the occasional business meeting or special celebrations
  2. if we are out on business or having a meeting in a coffee house we can order the bare minimum needed to mix in, no need to be bigger freaks than we already are, right? **snort**
  3. coffee does not count, we gave up fancy coffee long ago so the occasional coffee we feel is not a problem
  4. if on a business trip there is no way we will be cooking from a hotel room


Menu plan+savings update

It's a little late this week for a menu plan but I didn't do a regular shopping this week due to a Costco shopping trip Friday. I still have a menu plan in place. Last week we kind of veered off our plan, the detours tasted good so it's OK.

Here is our general plan for the week:
Crusty Salmon, green beans, pasta with butter
Swiss Steak in the crock pot
Bacon Salad-again I know but it is so damn good!
Chicken Noodle soup-home grown chickens

baked goods
rhubarb crisp
granola bars
bread 8 loaves

That should take us through next Tuesday when I'll have to plan everything all over again.

This week our money saved goes up a bit too. We usually liked to go out for lunch on the weekends but since we went to the movies it would have been dinner out for Korean or Indian food. I'm going to say conservatively we would have spent $40 right there. Then I worked from a coffee shop so coffee and a cookie would add in 5 more bucks. My mom took the boys today so add in 5 more dollars for another coffee shop trip. Then our Wednesday lunch with friends at the farm usually sent my husband out for lunch for $10. Our savings this week: $60


That's some big savings.

Planning an interview with a gal who is buying NOTHING NEW THIS YEAR! That kind of blows my mind. I think next I'm going to do that. I need to go blog the crusty salmon recipe so you guys can drool over it.


  1. nothing for a whole year? I'm assuming that is nothing meaning (clothes, shoes, unneccassary things, right?) Let us know how that interview goes!

  2. Holy smokes, you're not even out of January and nearing $250!! This is crazy!

    Last year I didn't buy anything except gas and bills. Anything new I got was a gift from somebody. It SUCKED, and still does. Economy please get better soon!

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