Until I know exactly (and I suspect it's somewhere between 15 and 18 dollars) I can't make an exact list. I can only lust after food-type stuff, think about it, plot, all that fun stuff.
The way I see it, there are a bunch of different ways I can go.
- I can indulge- one or two ultra splurge-y splurges plus normal food (oh, ice cream, I miss you so...)
- I can plan a more expensive menu (lasagna is calling to me, and would cost at least $10)
- I can refill staples like flour, oil, rice
- I can pick up a couple longer-use ingredients to make something normally out of my budget (like apple sauce, juice, and oat bran for muffins).
- I can eat nothing but candy and cookies for the next two weeks (good sale on oreos)
- I can spend like normal and save the extra, or
- I can do some strange hybrid-type mix of the above options
Did I miss any?
I'm leaning toward that last one. I'm almost out of just about everything (somehow still have both raisins and oatmeal...), and a couple dollars dropped on flour, rice, and oil now is better than having to carve the cost out later. I also *really* want lasagna. Some problems with lasagna, though-- I prefer straight cheese and sauce (though adding black olives and caramelized onions would be good too), so all the flavor has to come from those, the cheese is expensive and I'm not sure 1 package would be enough, and once I have a lasagna in my sights I tend to go all Garfield on it.
So I need some kind of balanced plan that still gets me *some* splurge (I've been disgustingly good the last couple weeks) and doesn't leave me with a scary empty pantry/ fridge (see: lasagna). I know there are people who live for this stuff, but the whole "how long can I stretch 1lb each of onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, beans, and flour" thing has gotten a little old.
I could easily blow the whole thing on chips. Heck, I could blow it on bread- it's less than $20, really not that much when you think about it. ZOMG, though, it's a lot of cash. I *need* oil and flour, figure $3.50 for the two, but even worst case that leaves me with more than $10. I've also got to make sure I eat before I go shopping-- don't want to come home with frozen pizza again.
What do you ladies/ guys think? It seems like so much, but if I don't plan it out, I'll leave the store with 3 bags of chips, an avocado, and 10 cents for the rest of the week.