I feel like when you have your own business, often times there becomes a feast or famine mode. There are times when you have several jobs come in and feel really good about your fiances, and then there are times that you are having to wait and there is little cash money. That is where we are this week with the grocery budget. We are waiting on payment on a few of Steven's big jobs, so we are tight right now. It is ok though. We can pay all of our bills, we just have to wait on a few of our wants and the cooking will be a little more creative this week. This is why I love to stock the pantry with extras and eat that when we are tight. This is what I am thinking about making this week:
Monday: Crock pot chili
I will use dried beans and ground deer meat that we have on hand. I also have cans of tomatoes on hand and all of the seasoning. This meal will be no additional money this week unless I buy some frito type chips to eat with it. We also like to put cheese and sour cream in it, but I have that on hand also.
Tuesday : Cream cheese chicken in the crock pot.
I have to have crock pot on Monday and Tuesday because I have class on those nights. This meal requires chicken, cream of chicken soup, itialian dressing mix and cream cheese and pasta. I will need the cream cheese and dressing mix.
Wednesday: Sloppy Joes and oven fries. Ashley usually cooks on Wednesday. She gets home earlier from class and everyone is running out the door for church. All I need for this is sloppy joe seasoning. I might buy a new bag of potatoes. The ones I have are looking a little yucky.
Thursday: We almost always have soccer, so I want something that everyone can serve themselves, so I usually make a casserole or soup. This week I am making chicken broccoli cheese casserole. I already have the chicken, broccoli. cream of chicken soup, sour cream and crackers. I will serve with a salad, so all I need are some salad makings. I might get some more sour cream just to be sure.
Friday: Away game for football. We might go to the game. If we do I will pick up a little ceasars pizza for us to eat before the game. That way we are not spending money on concessions.
I didn't include Saturday because I really just grill some meat and make a salad. I never know who will be here so I don't do much. I also try to make some quick bread like banana or pumpkin bread for breakfast or snack and some wheat bread to have with dinner. Sundays is always hamburgers and hotdogs and either homemade fries or chips. It depends on how late church goes.
Everyone eats eggs or bagels or cereal for breakfast. I have all of that on hand except I may need more bagels.
Lunches are packed sandwiches, fruit, chips and crackers. I do need chips and crackers and fruit. I have sandwich meat and pbj.
So you see, I am going to shop this week, but not for much. We will have plenty to round out the week and no one will be hungry or crazy. Next weekend we can make a Sams run and stock up for camping. Yeah for fall break coming in one more week.