February 03, 2011

No Spend Month and Bargain Shopping

Okay, I am officially (oooohh - now I am an official) changing my $400 challenge to calling it my No Spend Month for February and a $200 challenge for March.  I'll label it somehow.

I am getting ready to leave for Iowa City in about an hour but I knew a lot of you would love what happened to me early this morning.  Our local Hy-Vee grocery store is having a 1 day sale.  They have a 5 lb. package of 80% lean ground beef on sale for $8.95 or $1.80 a lb.  There was a limit of one package.  Also they had Tony's pizza on sale for $1.67 and since I won't be home to cook supper tonight (and school is closed again today), I picked up a pizza for my son to have for supper.  This is a real treat as I don't buy frozen pizzas anymore. 

My son went with me to the store at 7:00 this morning.  We went to the meat counter to pick up the meat when I saw a sign - 5 lb. pkgs. of 73% lean ground beef for $3.99.  Oh my goodness!!!  That's 80 cents a lb.  Granted this is a higher fat content of ground beef that I don't normally buy, but 80 cents a lb. is an absolute steal.  This ground beef is best cooked and browned into crumbles, drained of the fat and then I rinse it in hot water.  I will use it in chili, spaghetti, sloppy joes and any casseroles. 

How much did I buy?  30 lbs.  It had a sell by date of today.  I opened one of the packages when I got home and it is a beautiful red and smells fresh.  So, I will ask my DIL or our son, to measure it out into 1 lb. packages and freeze it for me today.

Now I need to get in the shower and get ready to leave town.  It is a beautiful sun shiny day, but the temp is below zero and the wind chills are minus 20 degrees.  Hence no school - also the country roads are still drifted over and the school buses can't get down the roads.

So, when I return I will post my budget for my No Spend Month - although I blew $24 on meat this morning and I was only planning on spending $9.00 - I feel pumped.  I'm ready to save as much as I can. 

God Bless all of you and have a great day.


Anonymous said...

That meat deal is wicked awesome! Traveling mercies for today, and still prayers for FIL.

Sharon said...

Sounds like a great price for meat! Looking forward to you joining us this month! Go savings! :)!