So finals start tomorrow (!), a fact which I embarrassingly enough didn’t even know until Monday since I had put an older version of the academic calendar into my editorial one. Between this fact + getting in late on Sunday from Passion Power, let’s just say my eating this week was less than ideal. And this post will be rather short….mostly because I’ve had a heavy case of the procrastination-blues for the past…well all week.
Tip of the Week
Rain checks are your friends! Please remember this folks…please? Because I didn’t this week and ended up paying twice as much for cherries as I would have if I had thought, “Hey, while I’m getting my money back for this coupon I forgot, I should also get a rain check for the cherries since this is the second day in a row that WF is out.” <–didn’t happen.
Well…there was a plan. Once upon a time (aka Friday before I left for NJ). And that plan got tossed out the window…partially because I got lazy and partially because WF was out of ingredients I needed. <–see above
To stay semi-healthy and energized, I still had a green smoothie every morning. However, cereal made an appearance for dinner at least twice. And dessert made at least two appearances a day. =/
Otherwise it was quickie meals. For example, I made this Monday morning while I got ready. I heated the water while I prepped the ingredients, cooked the lentils while I showered, then tossed everything else in while I finished getting dressed, packed, etc. Averie’s one-pot meals are some of my absolute favorite because they are truly quick, easy, budget-friendly (I used only pantry items to make this), and chock full of amazing flavor.
I also discovered that if you stir raw spinach into pasta (because WF ruined your plan to make this after you already cooked the most perfectly fluffy quinoa ever…) it wilts a little. This is a big win folks. It means you don’t have to dirty a second pan and you can get away with calling your pasta dinner healthy because it has greens in it. <–you know you love me.
Now onto that budgeting stuff.
Whole Foods: $38.18 <–the price you pay when
Rite Aid: $4.24
I’m calling it a win. Just go with it folks.
Savings: $11.22 (27%) <–not too shabby for shopping on the fly, dontcha think?
My favorite deal this week was getting two packages of Ziploc bags for only $4 at Rite-Aid. They were on sale 2/$5 and then I had a $1 coupon from one of the Sunday papers. Even though I try not to use baggies too much (and totally wash-and-reuse until they fall apart), sometimes you need them for storing things in the fridge and freezer.
That’s all folks. Hope my feisty-ness didn’t scare anyone…that’s just my Inner Passion DIVA being coy. Or something like that.