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I Whined a Little Today + Meal Plan

January 22nd, 2017 at 10:32 pm

First - here is my stupid whine: wah, wah, everyone I know has a better car than I do! Wah, wah, all I want is heated seats. And a USB socket so I can plug my phone in and listen to the music on my car's stereo. Wah! I wish I had an SUV; not a big SUV, just a small SUV.

The reality - My car is fine. It's got a good safety rating. It runs fine. Oh - and it's paid for! When I was whining, I realized that a lot of the nice cars that I see up at school are probably leased, or still have loans on them. So I'm happy with my car again.

Here's the other thing - I don't have a lot of food budget left for this month. This is partly my fault - Sprouts was having a gf sale, so I stocked up. This was a smart move, I think, since these are products I use and they were much less expensive. They're not fancy things, just basics: tortillas, bread, pizza bases and flour.

I have to be careful about the budget, though.

Here's the meal plan for the next little while to accomplish that:
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S - soup and cheddar bay biscuits
(this is a soccer practice night, and we don't get home until 8! - need something easy; I will mix up the dough for the biscuits before we leave)

M - fish with aioli and broccoli
I already have the broccoli; need to use it before it goes off. Dinner is about $9 for the three of us; one of our more expensive dinners.

T - pasta carbonara with salad
Basketball game night; easy and inexpensive dinner (turkey bacon $3, pasta, 4 eggs and some parmesan - about $6 total)

W - chili with cornbread
Soccer practice night. Will have this bubbling away in the crockpot, and make the cornbread when we get home (it's an easy recipe! Since I have turkey burger, I'll use that, but last time I made it veggie; I may bulk this out with some carrots and corn). This will create two dinners: one for the freezer.

T - crustless quiche with salad
This is a basketball practice night, but if I do the prep ahead of time, D can transfer this from fridge to oven as we're leaving the practice. I chop up olives (already had a can in the pantry), cheese (I have some herbed goat cheese on hand), sundried tomatoes (those are in the pantry, too) and lots of eggs - makes enough for dinner and lunch the next day. And vegetarian.

F - lettuce wraps
I got bamboo shoots and water chestnuts on sale the other day. Add to that shitake mushrooms and a little bit of chicken (with soy sauce and other stuff I already have on hand). We all love lettuce wraps.

S - Tostadas
One of our least expensive dinners - corn tortillas, refried beans, a little sour cream, a little salsa, a little lettuce. Vegetarian.

S - cauliflower cheese
Already have cauliflower, need an extra cheese, maybe broccoli. This is a soccer practice night, and we'll need to eat lat. I can make the cheese sauce and have this oven ready to go when we get home (oven timer!). Another vegetarian dinner. Will probably serve with toast and butter.

M - mahi mahi burgers with chips
We usually make the burgers on the bbq; hope it doesn't snow!

T - asian meatballs
This is a basketball game night, and this can all be made in the crockpot and rice cooker. We already have turkey in the freezer and some jasmine rice (I mix it with plain white rice). Also have green onions on hand.

W - french dinner
This dinner is basically cheese, crackers, olives and a small salad. We splurge on boursin cheese. Perfect for another basketball game night, and another vegetarian dinner.

T - roasted veggies and brown rice
We already have cauliflower and red onion. I can buy a few assorted veggies. I can pop the veggies into the oven with the timer and time to rice in the rice cooker, since this is also a basketball game night. Vegetarian meal.

F - posole from the freezer and peas
This will carry us through to the next shopping day...

11 Responses to “I Whined a Little Today + Meal Plan”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    If it was just a temporary whine, you've moved on and dealt with it. But you could always update the stereo and/or get heated seats. (Maybe a "reward" to consider when you pay off your mortgage??)

    Or what about something like this? I just remembered my friend had something like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-12-Volt-Cushion-Temperat...
    {We put USB/bluetooth in our 2001/2005 vehicles}.

  2. Buendia Says:

    That looks awesome! A good reward for paying off the mortgage! How did you put in the USB? I'm going to do a little internet research!

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    @Buendia, we hired someone to install it all. We did whole stereo upgrades. But I mean, it can't be that much just to install an upgrade like that. Unless maybe you need a new stereo to get the USB. Even so, very worth it!

    (I looked it up and we only paid $275 to upgrade my husband's entire stereo with bluetooth and USB?? Installation and everything. Mine was $415, for a similar setup. It depends on the car. The older one was cheaper, because the new stereo just fit right in. Mine was a different size or shape and so it was a whole thing).

  4. My English Castle Says:

    My heated seats are fabulous. But good for you for just whining, not buying.

  5. Buendia Says:

    Thank you for the info, Monkey Mama! I also found something called an FM transmitter online that is about $22... it may work... One day I WILL have heated seats! It's a winter thing... and it's winter right now. It takes about a mile for my heater to heat up. But yes, I am more of a whiner than a buyer! When we pay off the mortgage I'm buying another pair of my very wonderful bed socks - Darn Toughs. They are amazing and have a lifetime guarantee!

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    That's great about the transmitter! That is what I had before my last upgrade. (I don't think I used it very long, so I don't particularly remember).

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    I don't have a USB socket in my 10 year old van. I do have heated seats though. I have yet to get the desire for any new car accessories and gadgets. Yummy meal plan you have!

  8. scottish girl Says:

    Love your meal plan! I think I might try tostadas one night.

  9. VS_ozgirl Says:

    My husband bought something a few years ago which plugs into your cigarette lighter and the other end plugs into your phone. It has an FM transmitter where you have to adjust the radio station to whatever it tells you and then once you adjust the radio station it reads the music off your phone.

  10. Kiki Says:

    There is something comforting about having a paid for car!

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I used an FM transmitter with my last car. It worked well enough.

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