Due to a number of unusual expenses, I was left with very little money for groceries. I did drive to work today due to snow, and had to spend $7.00 to park. That’s coming out of grocery money too.
I went through my cupboards yesterday to figure out how long I can go with my existing stuff before having to go to the store.
Pinto Beans: I had a bag of these that had been sitting in the cupboard way too long. I cooked up a big pot last night, ate beans for dinner last night, and refrigerated enough for tonight (which I have now eaten), and froze the rest for later in the week. I added spices and hot sauce, but I didn’t have anything else to add.
Rice: I have a fair amount of rice. I haven’t cooked any of it, but I will have to later in the week. I will boil it, or if I’m feeling energetic, fry it first for a different flavor. I have some olive oil left for that.
Split Peas: I have a small amount of these. It should be enough for one meal.
Corn Meal: I have a large bag of this that appears to be several years old. I opened it, and put it in a canister. There were no signs of mold or bugs, so it should be fine. I figure that once I run out of cereal and milk, I can cook cornmeal mush for breakfast.
Lunch: I have enough lunch meat for 3 more sandwiches. I have a little more bread than that. I’ve been in the habit of eating two sandwiches for lunch when I ride to work. I’m planning on bringing one sandwich and a package of frozen brussels sprouts for lunch tomorrow. I’ll eat later in the day so I have energy to ride home. I should probably bring an extra piece of bread or two.
Frozen Dinners: I have one frozen dinner in the freezer. I’ll save it until I’m really sick of beans.
Popcorn: I have a large amount of popcorn, and a hot-air popper. That will help my small meals fill me up.
What I don’t have: I’m completely out of fresh fruits, orange juice, cheese, and meat. I’m nearly out of milk and lunch meat. I don’t have a lot of cereal, but the milk will run out first.
My goal is to make it to Friday with what I have. Then I’ll spend a little at the grocery store. The more days I drive (and spend $7 to park), the less money I’ll have for groceries.
I’m actually looking forward to this challenge… mostly because I’m weird. 🙂