No-Spend September 2nd Update

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thanks for returning for another update on No-Spend September with Katie and I.

I am happy to report that nothing tempted me this week. I think last week was so tempting because I knew that I had told myself I couldn't spend so it was like rebellion.

I did however go to dinner at Logan's with my mom last night, but I'm not counting that because she got the bill. Maybe that's cheating... don't tell me if it is.

So I've had an interest on ways to save money once J and I start living together. I've come up with a sample weekly menu and some reasons why I put it together like this. Also look for the few recipes I linked in there.

I imagine that we will do our grocery shopping every Sunday so we will probably want a simple meal that doesn't take a lot of time and effort to make. This is something that J loves and I enjoy because we never ate simple easy stuff like this when I was growing up. Plus they have some very tasty sounding meals.

This is another quick and easy meal that J and I both love. Lucky for us, we both enjoy what I consider the simplest salad on earth, the Cesar salad. So grill up some chicken and throw together some lettuce, cheese, croutons and dressing and ta-da! Dinner is ready!

Baked ham is something that I love. You can get it pre-cooked and pre-slices where all you have to do is heat it. This meal will leave us with many left-overs great for lunch and another dinner. 

By having another meal with the main meat being hamburger meat, we can buy a larger quantity and divide it up to eat at multiple times throughout the week rather than going to the grocery store multiple times during the week and being tempted to pick up something that we don't need.

I applied the same theory to my chicken as my hamburger meat. There are plenty of chicken recipes that makes the chicken taste completely different so you don't feel like you are having the same thing over and over again. I haven't actually tried this recipe before, but I love orange chicken from Chinese restaurants, but this could be a good substitute for going out to a restaurant. Here is the recipe if anybody wants to check it out!

More hamburger meat being used up with one of J and my favorite sides, bakes beans. I just love apple sauce so I had to throw that in there too!

Here are more left overs from the ham and other side dishes. I tried these bundles when I was in college and thought they were pretty darn good. So an easy meal for a Saturday night in case we have something planned or just want to relax on the couch. Here is the recipe for the ham & cheese bundles.

As always if you have suggestions for my meal planning please let me know!
Send me links of your favorite recipes for quick and inexpensive meals!

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  1. I don't think your Mom picking up the bill is cheating at all. Keep up the good work. :)

  2. Justin and I love chicken cesar salads too. They make for the best lunches. Great post, love. If you get a moment, I have two new looks I'd love to hear your thoughts on. :) xo