Since it's the first of the month and since Shane is all but laid off right now (he worked 1-1/2 days last week and 1/2 a day this week so far), I've decided it's time to dive into another pantry challenge and to limit the money we spend on dining out.
December doesn't seem a likely month to challenge myself, considering the holidays and festivities that will take place. I was going to try to do this in January with the beginning of the new year, but I've decided to go ahead and begin the challenge this month, with a few exceptions.
- My birthday is this month: I have a restaurant mystery shop planned for my traditional meal out, so that meal will be reimbursed, but I reserve the right to buy a treat, or the ingredients for a treat, to have here at home.
- Christmas Eve: We will be eating breakfast out with my in-laws (existing tradition) and dinner out with my daughter Jean and her husband (hopefully, a new tradition). These meals will come from our Christmas budget.
- Christmas Day: We will have all manner of appetizers, finger foods, sweet treats, etc. throughout the day. I won't hesitate to buy what I need for these goodies.
- New Year's Eve: If we stay home, the food will be much like at Christmas. If we go to our friends' house, I'll be taking a dish or two. Again, I'll not hesitate to buy what I need for these treats.
Otherwise, I'm going to try to buy only the grocery items we really need and to stay away from the fast food joints. I need the accountability, so I'll be posting the tallies at the bottom of my daily posts like I've done in the past. My weekly menu retrospectives will show what we've been eating during this challenge.
We're well-stocked on meat, frozen veggies and frozen fruit. Mostly, I'll just need to buy milk, eggs, flour, sugar and those kinds of staples.
I won't invite anyone to participate because I know December can be hectic enough as it is. On the other hand, joiners-in and cheerleaders are always welcome and appreciated.
Groceries* Purchased Today: $0.00
Total Groceries* Purchases for December: $0.00
Money Spent on Dining Out: $0.00
* Edible items only.