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On Friday when we were at the pier waiting for Sailor Boy, we see people coming off the ship wearing masks.  The captain’s wife is standing with us and informs us that there were some cases of swine flu on the ship.   Great.  Sailor Boy was sick and Her Majesty and I ended up getting sick on Monday.

I don’t think it’s swine flu though.  I’ve had the flu before and it kicked my ass.  Even so, whatever I have still sucks.  It doesn’t feel like a cold but it doesn’t really feel like the flu.  I’ve had a sore throat, cough, headache, body aches and fatigue.  No runny nose, sneezing or congestion, which I always get with a cold.

I had to drag my ass out of bed to go grocery shopping today though.  I’ve been back almost a week and it needed to be done.   We were out of pretty much everything.  I definitely miss the days when it was just me, Sailor Boy and Her Majesty.  I still would have had to go shopping when I got back, but I wouldn’t have had to buy so much.  Since my stock of meat was gone and we were completely out of all condiments, I ended up spending $232.40.  That leaves me only $17.60 for the next 2 weeks.  That sucks.

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I do have some happy news.   One of the things I hate about it here is that it’s warm, so we have to leave our window open to get air going through.  That means I get to hear sirens, helicopters, and people while I’m trying to sleep.  Not to mention that there is a street light right outside our window.  So I finally broke down and bought and AC and some blackout curtains.  Now my bedroom is like a cold, dark, quiet cave and it’s so much more peaceful.

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More shopping

I made two more shopping trips today.  Neither of them were fantastic, but everything I bought was on sale, and at Target, I had coupons for everything.

The best deal was the cereal, which after the sale price and coupons, ended up being .99¢.  The MarroBones are to take home to my Frankie.  This trip cost $17.34.

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The Ralph’s trip was to pick up some stuff that Sailor Boy and Mr. Furious specifically asked for.  Fortunately, again, everything was on sale.   This trip was $29.13.

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Total damage was $46.67.   Which, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know puts me $35.47 over budget.  I was planning on taking it out of the grocery budget from next payday, but instead, I decided to use money from the household fund (since I actually still had money in it).  Now Mr. Furious and Sailor Boy have PLENTY of food for the next 3 1/2 weeks and I still get to use all of the next 2 payday’s grocery budgets for the trip home.  Yayyyy!

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Menu Monday

Monday

  • chicken quesadillas
  • spanish rice
  • grapes

Tuesday

  • T-bones
  • grilled onions/peppers/mushrooms
  • rice

Wednesday

  • drumsticks
  • noodles
  • corn

Thursday

  • shrimp pasta
  • salad

Friday

  • roasted chicken
  • mashed potatoes
  • green beans

Saturday

  • beef enchiladas
  • lettuce/tomato
  • fruit

Sunday

  • bacon & cheese farfalle
  • salad
  • garlic bread

Yes, 3 of these items were on last week’s menu, but last week got completely messed around.  We ended up having chicken on Monday.  Sailor Boy didn’t get home until really late on Friday and would have had a fit if we had T-bones without him, so we had spaghetti that day.  Saturday we got invited to a bbq and had bratwurst.

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Shopping

I’ve decided to use the rest of the grocery budget ($61) to try to stock up on sale items for Mr. Furious.  I was trying to find enough good sales to where I can still use all of next paydays grocery budget for the trip home.

I went to Ralph’s and spent $21.  I forgot to take a pic but I got…
12 packages of Lipton rice and noodles
4 individual Jeno’s pizzas
4 boxes of Hot Pockets
1 DiGiorno flat bread pizza (which was dinner on Wednesday)

Today I went to Von’s because bnls/sknls breasts were $1.99/lb and I spent $29.

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That leaves me with $11 for the next week, which will go to milk and bread.

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Cash only

So I finally started my cash only experiment.  After the bills are paid (online and by check) and money put into savings, I decided the expenses we needed money for would be groceries, household and spending money.

I wanted a way to keep this all separate so I’d know exactly how much I had for each category.  I thought maybe just 3 envelopes, but that didn’t sound so hot to me.  Figured I’d be fumbling around with them.  I really wanted something where the envelopes were together and it was small enough to fit in my purse.  So I went to Staples and after some snooping around, I came up with this…

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These plastic zippered pouches are actually for use in dayplanners.  They came in packs of 2, which was perfect.  I needed 3 for the cash and the extra one I slid under the flap that holds the check register in.   I needed small loops to hold them together (all the metal rings at Staples were too big) so I used earrings that I had purchased for making stitch markers.

The pouches were a bit pricey at $4 for each 2 pack and the earrings came in a pack of 8 for $2.  So this little thing cost me about $9, which came out of household money.  That’s probably a bit expensive for what it is, but it’s exactly what I wanted and if it keeps me on budget, it’s worth every penny.

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Groceries!

Today I went to the grocery store.  I actually stayed well under budget.  I spent $185.76 on groceries and $3 on the bagger’s tip.  That leaves me with $61.24.  I did really good with coupons this time.  Check it out…

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Most of what is on the menus for the next 2 weeks is stuff from the pantry and freezer.  Quite a bit of the groceries from today is me trying to stock up for Mr. Furious.  Her Majesty and I are going to New Mexico for 3 1/2 weeks and Sailor Boy will be out to sea for 2 1/2 weeks of that time.   Normally the grocery budget would go towards the trip, but since Mr. Furious will be here (and he still has no job), I have to make sure there’s food for him.

It works out well though because that means there is someone here to watch the house and take care of my cats.  Normally I have to take the cats because it’s too expensive to board them for that long (and I wouldn’t do it anyway).  Since we don’t have to take them, we’re going to fly.  I hate flying but it’s much nicer to get there in 2 hours then having to take 2 days to drive it.

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Menu Monday

Very abbreviated menu this week as Sailor Boy leaves on Tuesday and won’t be back until Friday, then he has duty on Sunday.  Those days will be leftovers/clean out the fridge/FYO days.

Monday

  • chicken quesadillas
  • grapes

Friday

  • T-bones
  • grilled peppers/onions/mushrooms
  • rice

Saturday

  • roast chicken
  • mashed potatoes
  • green beans

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