My son has been battling one of the worst colds he’s had so far, and a few days ago, was practically inconsolable. This is kind of unusual for him, as he normally is laid back and happy regardless of his physical state.
On the worst day, I needed to get a few items at Safeway, and was nervous about how he would do. Surprisingly, however, his spirits lifted when we set out, and he was grinning in between coughs and sneezes at the customers and cashiers in the stores.
Maybe it’s because he knew mom was in a deal-finding state. This week at Safeway, they had a few great specials, including a 5 lb box of Cutie Clementines for $4.88 (which came to $3.88 after applying a $1 coupon from this past Sunday’s paper), bell peppers of all colors for $1/lb, boxes of Kellogg’s fruit snacks for $0.50 after discounts and coupons, and loaves of artisan French bread for $1.
I also got a few bags of Cheetos and luncheables for $1 each, which normally are not on our grocery list, but my son and I will be headed to Alaska this coming Thursday for a 2 1/2 week visit with my sister and her kids, and I thought the packable treats would be a welcome diversion (for mom and son) on the 9 1/2 hour journey we’ll take. It’s been hard being so far away from my sister, and when her husband was recently deployed to Iraq, my dad generously gave me more than enough money to buy a ticket to go see her! On top of that, my dad will fly up there too and be there for several days so that he can see me and Eli AND watch the grandkids while my sister and I go out! I hope he knows how fast Eli can walk these days . . .
As a result of the trip to Alaska, our food budget looks a little different this month. I set a goal to stay within $90 for the time when we’re together, and thankfully, we’ve been able to meet it. The rest of our food budget will be divided between my husband and I as we go our separate ways, with a little extra thrown in for both of us to eat out. It will be interesting to see how we do with our separate funds!
On the menu for the rest of my time here:
Special breakfast: French toast w/maple syrup or strawberry butter, eggs, sausage, and coffee or juice
Leftover chicken and dumplings and veggies for lunch
Turkey meatloaf, twice baked potatoes, and green beans for dinner
meatloaf sandwiches, chips, veggies or fruit for lunch
leftovers for dinner
salmon cakes, caesar salad
black bean soup w/ cajun sausage, corn bread muffins
Subway $5 footlong (eating out for Early Valentine’s Day :))
By the way, I’d love to hear anyone’s tips on traveling on a packed plane with a 16 month old in my lap all the way to Alaska!