What a difference a week makes!! Last week, I was unable to post for Week 9 because of a FREAKIN' BLIZZARD AND NO POWER FOR TWO DAYS!!! (Sorry. I wasn't fussing at YOU!) This week, the temperatures are hovering in the upper 70's. It sure is a welcome change:)
The warmer temps have me thinking about pool-and-beach season....and about how far I have to go to achieve my goal in the Blogger Butt Smackdown!! Slowly, but surely, I am making progress. How are YOU coming along?? Are you ready to rock that new swimsuit?!
(Insert your own appropriate segue......I'm a blogger, not a writer!)
I went to the store last week and picked up enough items to fill one bag. The cost? $46.00. That's highway robbery!!! How is the economy affecting your grocery-buying habits? Eating healthy is SO much more expensive than just eating to get full. I'd love to hear about your cost-cutting measures, healthy budget recipes, and any other tips that you would like to share.
Personally, I will continue to plan my menus around weekly in-store specials. I'll also continue to stock up on frequently-used items when they go on sale. Isn't that what a vacuum-sealer and a freezer are for? A third plan of action is to pack lunch EVERY day. I have been slacking with this, and only packing once or twice per week.....eating lunch out adds up quickly!
I used to really enjoy planting a vegetable garden each spring. This year, at a minimum, I am going to grow herbs, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini and eggplant. They may end up being planted in containers on my porch, but at least it's a move back in the right direction! Right?
Don't forget to leave your hints and tips in the comment section. I can't wait to hear what you all have to say about being frugal.....just don't ask me to make my own laundry detergent:/