You’ve heard of Dave Ramsey, right? He’s a financial guy who helps people overcome debt and save up and give. When I did my yearly freak out about having to pay taxes (we pay the week between Christmas and New Year’s) , I reread some of his tips and suggestions for planning up and saving. Unfortunately for all those around me, I also read his advice on working with a cash envelope system. (This is where you budget out so much for certain categories, like groceries, and then you put that cash in the envelope. You can spend it as long as it’s in the envelope. When it’s gone, it’s gone.) So the last two weeks, I’ve carefully planned out my grocery budget and couponed and clearance saled my way through the grocery stores. Yes, even Aldi.
My biggest score this week was two cute little chickens who were 78 cents a pound. For a total of about $6, I had a little more than 8 pounds of chicken to work with. Here’s what I did with them:
Roasted them both at once.
Carved the meat and used one for dinner last night with a most delicious black bean and corn salad and rice. Total cost for dinner for 5 people: about $5
Removed the meat from the other and stored it in the fridge until today. Used that meat to make One Pot Chicken Tetrazzini and one cold chicken snack. I’ll post the recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini soon. It uses cream of chicken soup and a box of pasta. Probably about $5 for our whole dinner.
Used the bones to make some chicken stock (recipe HERE). Chicken stock/broth usually costs me about 50 cents for 1 1/2 cups. I’m going to yield about 6 quarts of it today for very little cost. Probably about: $1.50 to make the stock and that means about 7 cents per cup of stock.
Whew. Feeling good. But then, it’s only week two of cash living!