Did the super-frugal thing this week: made and canned soup! We got a bunch of produce (bountiful baskets) and with a bit of seasoning, everything was covered with the produce.
We now have a quart or two, plus several pints of: beet soup, pumpkin soup, curried carrot soup, butternut squash apple soup, loaded potato soup, and harvest sweet potato soup.
We also got 18 lbs of cranberries, so I made: cranberry sauce, cran-apple chutney, cran-apple sauce, craisins and cranberry pie filling (enough for two pies).
I also made three pints of pasta sauce, enough for at least three meals of pasta OR a dozen mini pizzas.
Our total expenditures for all this was about $50-60 and we still have a bunch of squash, asparagus, bananas (the kids ate all the oranges, the melon, and the remaining apples), herbs (drying with the cranberries), and cukes. I'm steaming the asparagus for supper (lasagna rolls with the homemade sauce). The bananas will either get eaten or made into banana bread. The squash will keep for a few weeks, so I'm not in a hurry to use those up. I just don't know what to do with the cukes. I may try canned pickles, but I don't think they are the right type of cukes.
Still hanging on by the fingertips financially though. I had a long talk with DH this weekend about why it takes some consideration each time we run out to get something. He said "It's only $5 or $10." and "Where does all our money go?" So I listed our bills off while he did the math. When we were done, he says "We still have like $200." I said "Yeah, a month. Divide that by 4 and that's our anything money each week, including travel money."
His final answer "Oh"
I was like "Don't be sad about it. Tell me how awesome I am that you didn't even have to know how close we always are."
But, instead, he got all grumpy cuz he works so hard but it's still hard to get by. *sighs* I should be more sympathetic, but I'm sick of hearing this anytime the reality of our financial situation (which I'm on top of and dealing with DAILY) invades his consciousness.
On the upside, I got chocolate at work today.