Buried under books of homework and balancing the busy lifestyle of juggling a family and a full-time job (PLUS school on top of that—whew!), Samantha took the time to send us the wrap up of her month of January. Attempting to purchase only the essentials, Samantha shares her outcome, and another creative recipe to boot!
Told in her own words:
Well, I must say that this month has not presented as many challenges as I had initially anticipated. Since our grocery shopping spree of $160.00, we went out to breakfast ($23.00) not too much guilt because it was a little local place, we also went to a coffee shop for date night (exactly $10.00), and we did go to the store and spent $13.25 (needed more veggies). And NO the coffee shop was not Starbucks, it was a little itty-bitty, local place. Many of the times, it was just taking a couple of moments to think about what we were buying and whether or not it was a necessity. For instance, Mike noticed these new granola/milk things at the store for $3.00 a box. That was vetoed.
In the next few months, we will have fresh fruits and veggies from our own backyard, and will be virtually grocery store free. All in all, I am impressed: No Starbucks, No Diet Coke and only one pack of gum for a month. And we lived through it!
So, we managed to slice our food budget well over half of what we have in previous months. Now, the real challenge is from here on out, maintaining our stance of only buying what is necessary. While it is relatively easy to go from spending over $900.00 a month to under $400.00, it may be a bit more of an obstacle to go from $400.00- down to $200.00 a month. However, it is definitely worth a shot. Here is our random recipe of the week:
3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
1 bottle of beer (we used Blue Moon Winter Ale-you probably do not want to know how long we have had it in our fridge)
About 2/3 bottle of bottled BBQ sauce.
Put in crock pot on low for about 7 hours. Shred chicken using 2 forks.
Here’s how we ate it:
Put in a tortilla with cheese (pretty simple meal).
Put it in tortilla, added cheese, then put on the George Foreman grill for just about 2 minutes. Can we say super low-fat quesadilla? It was wonderful and wasn’t all greasy like what you would be served at a restaurant. I have made the chicken like this before and even used the left over chicken to make BBQ Chicken Pizza, or topped salad with it.
And we managed to only go through one garbage bag this week. Yes, folks, it’s true: Little Green Jennifer has been rubbing off on me and I LOVE it. We started a compost pile a couple of weeks ago. Needless to say, our city does not pick up recycling, but we have been reserving it and plan on dropping it off to our local sanitation site, where they actually do recycle.
I look forward to sending more updates your way and continuing to hear your wonderful ideas. They have been much appreciated!
- Samantha’s story – Part 1 (militaryzerowaste.wordpress.com)
- Samantha’s Story: Part 2 (militaryzerowaste.wordpress.com)