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Food Budget update with shopping list!

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about budgeting, but it’s still a big deal for us. We have goals of traveling to Thailand this year, hopefully traveling most of 2019, and having a portfolio to live on instead of having to depend on working, so we try to save as much as we can each month.

Lately, we have been very, very bad about eating out. We’ve actually been hanging out with friends more, going to bars, and just having fun! I am, however, still cooking a lot, and today was our big shopping trip for the next week or so. Here’s what I bought:

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The most expensive items were my contact solution and a three pack of bacon, which we freeze then defrost as needed. The meals I’m planning for the next week or so are chicken and sausage jambalaya (our friend’s recipe which I’ll be happy to share!), my recipe for pasta sauce with Italian sausage (no pasta since Rueben is doing the Keto diet), Italian sausage and broccoli and also chicken and broccoli with an Alfredo type sauce, jalapeño poppers (halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, and baked), and buffalo wings.

It all sounds sinfully delicious, right? I’m not doing the Keto diet but I am cooking Keto-style at home. I joined Weight Watchers again since it has worked for me in the past, so I’m definitely cutting back on portions of the higher fat meals and keeping healthy foods on hand so I’m not always having bacon for breakfast like Rueben is (not that there’s anything wrong with that…). It’s definitely easier than I thought it would be to cook for two different diets. I allowed myself half a cup of pasta today since it fit in with my points, and Rueben ate his sauce without pasta and we were both happy.

What are your favorite recipes? Ever change a recipe to make it more budget-friendly?

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