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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Living on a Budget!

On my dad's recent visit, we discussed a lot of money issues. The conclusion was that I am clearly not aware of how much money I spend. Especially on food. I do not overspend, and I do not waste food, but I was not aware of how much I was spending on groceries alone!

So, on Friday, I decided that instead of me and Ed going out to dinner, I would prepare a funky dinner just using what I had (leftovers, pantry items, etc.)

What was the outcome?

Curry Lasagne
WTF?! Its Japanese-Indian-Italian fusion foooooood!!

I had frozen leftover Japanese style curry from my moms Katsu-Curry party a few weeks back. I had whole wheat penne pasta. I had mozzarella cheese. I had parmesan cheese. Just put it all together and BAM!


Pre-baking- Mix the cooked pasta with the defrosted curry. Top it with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.


Check out this fun new parmesan cheese! Kraft Grate-It-Fresh Natural Parmesan Cheese


Post-baking- Browned beauty


Cheesey, melty, hot, bubbly, delicious-smelling goodness!

How was it? SUCCESS!!

And to top it off, I had the most money friendly weekend EVER!
We had dinner at home on Friday night because we anticipated going out to dinner on Saturday; and we did. I spent about $11.00 at the Raceway Diner in Yonkers, NY on a Chicken Souvlaki Platter. Already feeling guilty for spending money, I was hesitant about our plans for that night to go to Empire City... the new "casino" at the Yonkers Raceway! AM I CRAZY!? Who goes to a casino when they are trying to save money!? (And guess who suggested that as the event for the night... yeah). Thank God, my conscience kicked in... I decided I wasn't gonna go to Empire City. Instead, I bought a @2.00 Sunny 7's scratch off Lotto ticket at the diner to quench my gambling thirst!
And...

BOOOOYAHHHHHHH!!!!! I won TWENTY BUCKS!

My HP (Higher Power for those of you not yet down with my lingo) was definitely watching out for me... Thanks HP!

1 comment:

speshled3 said...

I'm still very jealous that you were paid $7 to eat at the Raceway Diner, and they made me pay! They probably paid you so that you would give them a shout-out in your blog! I love you! Muah!