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.