February 17, 2015

Food Waste and Meal Plan

The plan for the rest of this week is to eat up all the left overs and anything that will go bad while we are away for a week.

I made a crock pot of chili yesterday and beef stroganoff on Sunday.  We have lots of leftovers which is good so I don't have to cook much this week.

Food Waste
This was not a great week for food waste.

I bought these marked down at Aldi and then forgot that the expiration date was close.
I didn't even look at the dates again until it was over a week past and I'm really
weird about dates.  I know it probably still would have been fine but I tossed them anyway.
Estimated Cost: $1.50

About 1/2 a can of mixed fruit I found in the back of the fridge.  Not sure
how long it had been in there.  I vaguely remember opening the can for Little R a while
ago.  Estimated Cost: $.30
More food waste last week:
  • 1/2 rotten onion found at the back of the fridge $.10
  • 3 Chocolate Chip Cookies that tasted like the freezer - $.45
  • 1/4 box of angry birds cheese crackers - The girls had taken the bag out of the box and the crackers got pretty smashed up.  I salvage what I could for Big R's lunches and tossed the rest. $.50
Total Cost of Food Waste Last Week: $2.85
Total Food Waste for 2014: $14.74

February 13, 2015

Financial Updates - Another New Car

We had planned on buying out Mr. R's lease.  Or maybe it was just my plan.  But Mr. R's Dad called with a good lease deal and he really wanted to go for it.  So he traded in his old lease and now has a 2015 Chevy Cruise.  Payment is $213 per month. His last lease payment was $205 so it's $8 more per month.  He still has to add it to our Insurance.  It will be nice if it drops our rate even more.

All the extra money that I had planned to put towards paying off his car will now go to my car to get it paid off quicker.

A couple of expensive bills have come in this week.  I was able to pay both of these in full but that didn't leave me any money to add to our Emergency Fund this week.

  • Little R had to have a spacer replaced - $150
  • Received a bill for $246.42 from a specialist Mr. R had to go to
Other savings:
  • Added $40 to Big R's account
  • Rolled $14 in change to add to our Vacation Fund
  • Put $100 in the Home Repair Fund

February 9, 2015

Valentine's Box, Celebrations and Gifts

Big R needed to make a Valentine's Box for her Valentine's party at school on Friday.


I think it came out really cute.  We used a round plastic container that used to hold pretzel sticks and some construction paper and glue from the dollar store.  So for $2 in supplies, she has a cute Olaf Valentine's Box.

The girl's each picked out some Valentine's from Ollies for only $.49 per box.  Big R picked out Sponge Bob Valentine's that came with stickers to pass out to her class.  Little R picked out puzzle valentines.  They are on a thick plastic that breaks apart into 6 pieces.  Each valentine has a picture of an animal on it.  The kids are supposed to break them apart and mix up the pieces and then put the picture back together.

Wednesday morning I volunteered to bring a special snack in for Little R's class.  They celebrate Valentine's the whole week.  She wants to take cupcakes.  I always struggle with whether to bring a fun junk food snack or a healthier snack.  Maybe I'll pick up a pack of mini-cup cakes from the bakery at Acme.  At least with the smaller portion, they won't be eating quite so much sugar first thing in the morning.

I took a half day on Friday so I can volunteer to help with Big R's class Valentine's day party.  I also volunteered to bring bottled water for the party.

The Girls' gifts:  My mom always gave my sister and I each a gift for Valentine's Day and I continue that tradition with giving my girls' each a gift.  Each of the girls will receive a bag of cotton candy, 2 boxes of conversation hearts, a treat bag with heart shaped marshmallows in it and a treat bag of dum dum suckers, silly putty and a coloring book.  Total Spent on each of their gifts: $4.50

Mr. R's Gift:  I purchased a super hero t-shirt and a Thor mug on clearance after Christmas for Mr. R for Valentine's Day.  I also found a funny card that I must have purchased a year or two ago.  I hid it so he wouldn't find it and forgot about it until I recently found it.

My Gift: Mr. R asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day.  I told him I just wanted him to take me out to dinner.  Eating out for us is considered entertainment and we usually split the cost from our personal spending money.  So it will be a treat to have Mr. R take me out somewhere.