No Grocery Shopping for a Month - Day 5

Grilled Cheese on Homemade Bread, and Apples
(Christmas Fruitcake and Popcorn for Snacks)

Grilled Cheese on Homemade Bread, with Apple Slices

Grilled Cheese on Homemade Bread, with Apple Slices

We went back to town today—specifically to have breakfast out. Yes, we commented as we were pulling out of the drive-way that eating out is one way to avoid buying groceries. But, honest, that wasn’t the reason. It was just one of those days when we felt like lingering over breakfast that someone else prepared, while relaxing with coffee. This no food shopping for a month challenge is about cleaning out our pantry and not wasting food—it isn’t about sacrifice. And so, we enjoyed the outing, without the least bit of guilt.

Today’s Frugal Foods Breakfast

Breakfast today was at a family restaurant. Bob had French toast and bacon. I had a biscuit and gravy, and a spicy sausage patty. We both had coffee. It wasn’t elaborate. It was tasty and relaxing.

Today’s Frugal Lunch

We skipped lunch. After a late breakfast out, we just weren’t hungry.

Today’s Frugal Foods Supper

Grilled cheese sandwiches, and Honeycrisp apple slices. And, milk. Today, we used cheddar cheese on homemade black pepper bread for the sandwiches. We tend to eat a lot of grilled cheese, and the kind of cheese depends on what is the most economical to buy the day we buy it. Similarly, we chose these apples because they were on sale and were the best apple deal.


Fruitcake. Yes, fruitcake. We are among those that actually like fruitcake. This was a real bargain. The dollar store had it on sale—before Christmas, even—for only a dollar a cake. We bought four, but should have gotten more. And, milk. (We weren’t hungry at lunchtime, so skipped it, but that caught up with us by mid-afternoon.)

Popcorn! We shared a bag of microwave popcorn while we did a crossword puzzle together in the evening.

Yours in thriftiness,

P.S. About the microwave popcorn…. Sure it’s cheaper to buy a bag of regular popcorn kernels than it is to buy microwave popcorn. And, certainly, the plain kind is better for us—there’s nothing to debate there. But, as to the frugalness, even at full price, those little bags of microwave popcorn make an inexpensive snack. This, however? We bought it on a half-price clearance, so while not as cheap as plain popcorn, it still makes for very frugal munching.

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