Yet another week of staple based foods. I’m looking forward to having some more fresh fruit in the house, but until then the un-perishables will have to make do. Let’s see what we’ll be eating…
Monday: pesto pasta with shrimp (didn’t have this last week, can’t even remember why)
Tuesday: pork sirloin chops in tomatoes and capers
Thursday: chicken in orange sauce
Friday: fried rice
Saturday: a nice big salad (hoping to be on a regular schedule and home to eat produce)
Sunday: crepes (both savory: unknown and sweet: Nutella)
If you haven’t tried Nutella I dare you to. And then tell me it didn’t change your life. I introduced the husband to crepes and Nutella a few years ago. It changed his life. I think it’s part of why he was so happy to honeymoon in Paris. To walk down the street carrying a hot, fresh crepe slathered with the dark, rich, hazelnut goodness that is Nutella…now that is living.
Our budget was $80, we spent…
Sprouts Farmers Market – $43.24 (savings = $0.10)
Trader Joe’s – $22.13
Target – $14.71
Farmer’s Market – $4.50
A grand total of $84.58. It’s either the Nutella or the Farmer’s Market that put us over. Either splurge was totally worth it so I’m not even going to question it.
We had a great meal out last week. We will probably have a few more in the upcoming weeks, considering the influx of visitors we have coming and the likelihood that I will not be completely thrilled with cooking every day, what with a toddler running around and (hopefully soon) a newborn draining my last ounces of energy. (Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait. Seriously.)
We do try to limit our eating out to less than once a week though, more like 2-3 times a month. With what looks to be our future dining out adventures how do I take this bump in stride?
I can’t recommend it enough. $25 gift certificates for only $10. A few weeks ago we bought several certificates to some of our local restaurants (they are all independently owned) and have used two with visiting guests. Both experiences were great. No hassle. The staff was always accommodating and never questioned our using the certificates. There are, of course, some restrictions depending on the price of purchase and the establishment but nothing that would make it anything less than a great idea.
And what’s better than a great idea at 80% off? Quite often the site offers their certificates at a discount. As much as 80%. That’s getting $25 worth of food for only $2. All while supporting local establishments. There’s a win-win I’ll put my money on.
Go. Eat. Save.
Update: A reader brought an error to my attention. My math is sleep deprived too. If the gift certificates are offered at 80% off it’s a mere $2 for $25 worth of food. Don’t forget to read the conditions ($35 minimum purchase, Sun-Thurs or such things), but what a steal.
Restaurant.com is offering a current promotion (supposedly ending tonight 6/30/09) for 70% of purchase price plus a $10 gift certificate. Use code RECIPE during checkout. Grab the family or some friends and go support a neighborhood eatery.