Friday, January 9, 2009

Chili is Cheap

We still haven't gone back to the store and are holding at $30.29, which includes $3.00 parking ramp and $3.15 at Mr. Movies. Last night, we had chili made with onions, garlic, canned tomatoes and tomato sauce, and a big can of chili beans, with chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. I made a "side" of ground beef for those who wanted to add it, and we cut up the rest of the lettuce. I had some corn tortillas in the refrigerator so I cut those into triangles and baked them in canola oil for homemade chips, and I made the last box of pasta. So, people could make what they wanted--chili-mac, or taco salad.

My sweet tooth yesterday led me to open one of the cans of Boy Scout popcorn we bought last month. I had forgotten all about it, but had intended to give it all away for gifts. Oh well. It was the kind doused in chocolate, so I should have known I wouldn't give it away. Maybe I'll forget to mention it to the kids.

I can't tell you how many times I've needed paper towels or napkins, which we don't have, and we are almost out of milk again, so I foresee a trip to the store tonight or tomorrow.


  1. I'm impressed! The chili looks awesome and you are doing a great job creatively saving money.

  2. Mr. Movies, lettuce, milk, Scout corn dipped in chocolate... That's BS! You are living in luxury. We are eating some moldy stuff I found mixed with cheap crap I bought at Fareway on Monday. The kids in the stalag are starting to rebel. Not really they are all about the competition. Riley is saving his toenail filings in a special place. We hope to boil them down and make a nice protein shake that we all can share sometime around January 28th or so. Mmmm toe jam.