I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you actually got to take advantage of the holiday (Columbus Day in the States & Thanksgiving in Canada). For the first time in my life I do not have a long weekend, a fact about which I am not a happy camper! That didn’t stop me from jetting home though, and I spent a lovely New England weekend in CT with the beau and his family.
I planned my return trip
so I could grocery shop before the stores closed around traffic, meal planned on the bus (side note: MegaBus rocks. I will happily take them again, anywhere. The wifi actually worked well, there was much more space, and we didn’t take any 40 minute breaks at rest areas *coughBoltcough*), and was home from grocery shopping less than an hour after my bus got back. This is a huge accomplishment folks! However, it also means that I went to one store and one store only: Trader Joe’s. So there isn’t much to share for this week except the fact that I was ridiculously under budget and to share the lesson that you <–err, me! don’t always have to go to three different stores to get what you need. Most weeks I love the adventure of spending 2-3 hours driving around and grocery shopping but last night…all I wanted to do was get home! And so I did…and it was a great reminder that just because you can spend (and save!) more money, doesn’t mean you have to.
Acorn Squash Polenta
Pumpkin Risotto <–I made mine with leftover b’nut squash and brown rice
Hearty Pumpkin Soup with Tofu <–ohmuhgoodness are you seeing a theme yet? haha
Apple Dijon Kale Salad
Golden Crusted Brussels Sprouts
I spent a grand total of…wait for it…$27.50! I didn’t save a dime but I didn’t overspend either. *weeee*
Now to be fair, there are some things I plan on picking up later in the week (like more $0.25 tofu since I have a rain check #win) but nothing that will put me over budget (and hopefully I will stay under).
This is all especially good news considering the amount of $ I spent on food in NYC. Now this sounds normal except that I wasn’t actually visiting the City…just passing through to and from CT. Believe me when I say I made those pass throughs oh-so-worth-it! You can see for yourself on Wednesday. tehehehe