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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Menu for 9/15/14-9/21/14

The SNAP challenge starts... well, about 45 minutes ago. I've spent three weeks preparing for this and so long as I don't have to run back to the store for anything I'm set. I did my shopping on Friday. My budget was $94.50 and I spent $89.55 leaving me only $4.95 for an emergency. Thankfully I think I've got everything I'll need.

Here is the refrigerated food I bought.
1 (6 oz) container of raspberries ($2.50)
1 crown of broccoli ($1.06)
1 bag of salad mix ($1.59)
1 (3 lb) package of ground beef ($10.47)
1 (4.3 lb) package boneless, skinless chicken breasts ($8.56)
1 (1 lb) roll breakfast sausage ($3.00)
1 (8 ct) package all beef hot dogs ($2.99)
1 (4 count) pack yogurt cups ($2.99)
1 (1/2 gal) jug 1% milk ($1.99)
2 (16 oz) bags shredded cheddar cheese ($6.67)
1 (16 oz) block cheddar cheese ($3.33)
1 (12 slice) package American cheese ($1.99)
1 dozen eggs ($1.25)
1 (8 count) box frozen garlic toast ($1.99)
1 bag frozen corn ($0.88)
1 bag frozen peas ($0.88)
Total- $52.14

Here is the pantry food I bought. I plan on keeping it on the dining room table so as not to tempt myself to use anything I already had in the pantry.
1 loaf of bread ($1.00)
1 package hamburger buns ($1.00)
1 package hot dog buns ($1.00)
3 cans pinto beans ($1.50)
2 cans black beans ($1.00)
1 (26 oz) can cream of chicken soup ($1.57)
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup ($1.00)
2 (16 oz) bags brown rice ($2.00)
1 (16 oz) jar salsa ($1.40)
1 can tomato sauce ($0.59)
1 can manwich ($1.00)
2 (16 oz) packages spaghetti ($1.58)
2 jars spaghetti sauce ($2.98)
1 box cereal ($2.29)
1 family size bag Doritos ($2.99)
1 jar peanut butter ($0.99)
1 (10 ct) package flour tortillas ($1.39)
1 (64 oz) bottle apple juice ($1.89)
2 boxes instant pudding ($1.18)
1 package taco seasoning mix ($0.89)
1 package chili seasoning mix ($0.59)
Total- $29.83

Subtotal- $81.97
Tax- $7.58
Total- $89.55

I plan on posting something every day this week about my experience on this challenge. I'll keep a log of everything that we actually consume and at the end of the week I'll catalog everything we have leftover. The plan for the week is at the bottom of the post but let's get back to some non-SNAP stuff for a bit.

Nana got a new kitten named Frankie. He's teeny and sweet and playful and Bailey just loves him!

Bailey loves all animals actually, but Frankie is special because he's naive enough not to fear Bailey. He's the first animal who has allowed her to hold him and no matter how close she comes to hugging the life out of him he keeps coming back for more.

While getting ready to go to the store on Friday Bailey found her Tinkerbell hair bow that Aunt Anna gave her for Easter. So far Bailey hasn't been much of a hair bow wearer, but since her hair was already in a ponytail I just slipped it in while she wasn't paying attention. To my surprise she left it alone until we returned home and then was excited when she realized what it was and asked me to put it back in her hair.

Saturday nights we play video games with Aaron's family after dinner. His parents both love Mario and the kids like to play Mario Kart with us. Bailey of course doesn't know how to play but she loves to hold the controllers. This picture of her pretending to play with Papaw was just too cute to pass up.

And Sunday our neighbors were out playing in their yard and Bailey went over to make friends with them. They're sweet, sweet kids. I think they're 7-8 years old, twins with an older sister. She spent nearly two hours running around the yard with them while I sat and talked with their mother. I did make her come inside for some pants before she went off to play.

Breakfast- yogurt
Lunch- peanut butter sandwiches and chips
Dinner- chicken and broccoli casserole

Breakfast- cereal
Lunch- leftover broccoli casserole
Dinner- chili

Breakfast- scrambled eggs and toast
Lunch- peanut butter sandwiches and chips
Dinner- chicken taco casserole

Breakfast- yogurt
Lunch- chicken quesadillas
Dinner- chili dogs and chips

Breakfast- cereal
Lunch- leftover chili dogs
Dinner- sloppy joes and chips

Breakfast- scrambled eggs and toast
Lunch- leftover sloppy joes and chips
Dinner- spaghetti, salad, and garlic toast

Breakfast- scrambled eggs and toast
Lunch- leftover soup and grilled cheese
Dinner- crock pot chicken taco rice bowls

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