Food Stamp Challenge Week Two Days 3 and 4

Hey Y’all

I apologize for not posting yesterday, as I was uploading this new theme, and working my butt off making it look the way it does.  What do you think of the new theme?  I love it… I’m not going to lie.

I am still learning so much about utilizing what I have in my kitchen, and my pantry and how to make it last and stretch it out.  Dinner has left me pretty darn satisfied every day, but I find I am very hungry in the morning, when I would normally not eat until around 1030-11.  I am finding I am hungry even earlier, like 7-8 am.  The oatmeal is filling me though, so that is a good thing.  I bought the steel-cut oats, they were on sale for the same price as the regular oats and they fill me up a lot more.

I have so much I would like to share with y’all, but I am putting it all in some notes to share at the end of the week.  This is how my food budget broke down for the past two days:

Wednesday, October 9

Breakfast – $0.63

Oatmeal (1/2 cup – 3 servings) – $0.48 (I buy my oatmeal in bulk)
Milk (1/4 cup) – $0.04
Brown sugar (3 tbsp) – $0.11

Lunch – $4.34

Chicken (2 breasts, 1/2 lb) – $1.00
Tortilla shells (2) – $0.57
Lettuce (1/2 head) – $1.42
Salad Dressing (4 tbsp) – $0.62
Bacon (4 slices) – $0.73

Dinner – $6.27

Pork Chops (3, 1 1/2 lb) – $4.25
Frozen Corn (1/2 bag) – $0.69
Rice (2 cups) – $0.56
Black beans (1 can) – $0.77

TOTAL:  $11.24
Difference:  $1.21

Thursday, October 10

Breakfast – $0.63

Oatmeal (1/2 cup – 3 servings) – $0.48 (I buy my oatmeal in bulk)
Milk (1/4 cup) – $0.04
Brown sugar (3 tbsp) – $0.11

Lunch – $3.70

Eggs (3) – $0.33
English muffin (2) – $0.76
Cheese (2 slices) – $0.34
Butter (1 tbsp) – $0.17
Bacon (6 slices) – $1.10

Dinner – $3.36

Chicken (3 breasts, 3/4 lb) – $1.50
Sweet potatoes (3) – $1.17
Frozen green beans (1/2 bag) – $0.69

TOTAL:  $7.69
Difference:  $4.76

On Wednesday, we were cutting it close with the budget, but I was able to make it work.  We had some leftovers too, that we could eat for snacks, and “fourth meals” if we got hungry.  Anthony loved eating Tuesdays hamburger helper for his snacks when he was hungry this week.  I increased my rice to two cups because the one cup was stretching it.  I was able to use the leftover rice and beans as a snack too, which was nice.

I also made some apple sauce at the beginning of the week which really helped curve cravings.  I will add it to my overall budget at the end of the week in my weekly recap.  I did well with my budget, and the apple sauce really was a great thing to have.  Especially with this cold weather.

I hope that everyone is enjoying their day, and is doing well with the challenge should you be taking it as well.  I am feeling good about what I am doing, and how I am doing.

With Love,
Miss Lindsie


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