The past week as been a blur!
I’m sad that vacation is over, but I’m kind of excited to get back into my routine. The whole trip was amazing! I already shared with you some of my eats from Dallas, so let’s skip to Ohio:
My best friend Alexa surprised me, by coming back to Columbus from St. Louis, so I was thrilled to have her around for the week! We went to Jeni’s Ice Cream, because it’s literally the best ice cream you will ever have in your life.
I had a trio of dark chocolate, goat cheese with cherries, and brambleberry crisp. The goat cheese was unbelievably creamy, ad the brambleberry crisp had chunks of pie crust in it. Yes. It’s reason enough to visit Ohio. You can also check out the Jeni’s cookbook, if you’re too far for ice cream.
I spent the weekend in Southern Ohio for a family reunion. Normally I could squeeze in some exercise with hiking or swimming, but it was over 100 degrees, so we spent most of the day inside. I did manage a 2 mile treadmill run, and a circuit workout in the tiny gym. Planks are my friend.
Grocery Budget Recap:
I’m a little late on my recap of June goals, but I’m happy to report that I slashed my grocery budget in half! I normally spend over $300 a month in groceries (which is ridiculous, I know) and in June, I only spent ~$150!
The 3 things that helped the most:
- Eating leftovers (from restaurants, or from the night before. I used to be really bad about this. I wouldn’t even take home leftovers from restaurants, because I knew I wouldn’t eat them. Taking them with me to work, rather than buying something in the cafeteria has been awesome.
- NOT going to the grocery store just because I was out of something. No yogurt? A smoothie for breakfast will be just fine! I used to go to the grocery store 4+ times a week, justifying it because I wanted fresh produce, or I needed “just that one thing” but forcing myself to make substitutions saved me time, and a lot of money!
- Skipping out on pricey snacks, and buying cheaper things in bulk! Sure, Arctic Zero is one of my favorite snacks, but at almost $5 a pint, it need to be more of an “every-once-in-awhile” treat, rather than an every night thing. Making my own protein ice cream is way cheaper!
Some of my favorite budget friendly snacks:
I’m really going to try to stay on track in July, as well. It’s not easy, since I absolutely love the grocery store, but I’m going to do my best!