I know that many are depressed and let down after Christmas. Not me. As much as I adore Christmas I find it refreshing to put the décor away. Everything feels fresh, in its place and I can breath. That lasted until Wednesday after Christmas anyway.
I have been knocked down with a bad cold. Most of my week was spent with a cup of tea, a good book and a box of tissue. Thankfully I had all of Christmas put away. I am feeling a little better although I still have a hoarse voice.
The monthly menu is complete as is the shopping.
I was dragging when it was complete, but it is done. I had a couple of extra helpers with me so there are a few things here that I normally wouldn't buy. ;) There were some good sales so I stocked up on a few things. Many of these items will last us for more then a month. Such as the meat, packages of cookies and trash bags. I spent more then I wanted but I am okay with it as I have a stocked freezer of meat. This year I will track my grocery spending on my blog. I spent $275.95. $33.83 of this amount was on M&M's alone. (not all pictured above) I purchased enough 50% off bags to last us for a year. I use them in cookies in place of chocolate chips, in trail mix and keep a jar in the pantry to grab a few when someone needs a chocolate fix. It doesn't matter to us that they are red and green.
The rest of month the I will only purchase must have such as milk and fresh produce.
Blueberries were .99 cents a quart. I grabbed several of those. I had read that keeping them in a glass jar extends the life of your produce. It said to store the fruit unwashed. I washed them as I have a little one that eats better when the healthy snacks require no prep. I interested to see if this helps as we had more food waste then I want to admit last year.
Projects and goals have been set. We have the material or an existing gift card (yay Christmas gifts!) to cover many of our projects. I am sad to say we are still knee deep in debt. Sigh. Those medical bills have killed us. I don't want that to sound too much like a grumble as I am blessed with a good man, great marriage, healthy child, nice home, steady income, and plenty of food. The budget will be tight again this year as we have set a big financial goal.
My kitchen counter has looked like this for most of the week. :) Tomorrow we start the daily grind again as Chuck returns to work and Megan to school. I will miss the crafts, science experiments and most of all my people.
My friends, I must close. I have rolls rising that I must check on. Here's to a great 2017!
May your day be filled with joy in the journey!