I am now 39 weeks pregnant and as such, I have a new little bundle of joy due any day. Therefore, this will be my last meal planning post for a little while until life settles into some sort of routine.
This is not our week to pick up our CSA delivery and so this week we’re going to be working with what we have: beets, carrots, chard, cucumbers, Jester Squash (similar to acorn squash), lettuce, red bell peppers, and tomatoes.
Spending update from last week: I spent a total of $106.41 on groceries last week, however $22.94 of it was for snacks at my daughters’ preschool so I really only spent $83.47 feeding the family ($8.47 more than my goal). To stay on track this week, I used my prepaid debit card from Card.com…see the end of this post for a review.
Tuesday – Hoisin Pork with Rice Noodles – Oh my does this look delicious!
Friday – Lemon Bruschetta Pasta – this was so delicious the last time I made it I just have to try it again.
Snack Inspirations – I’m roasting and pureeing the Jester Squash for use in these yummy Autumn Squash Muffins.
For more menu planning ideas, please visit Org Junkie.
Now for some information about Card.com. When I first applied to Card.com to review their debit card, I thought it would be an awesome way to keep my grocery budget in check without needing to carry around an envelope of cash each week. Alas, after I received the card and read the fine print, I realized there was a $5.95 monthly fee charged after the first month unless you direct deposit at least $800 each month. Therefore, this card probably isn’t a good solution for my originally intended use, but I do think it has other uses. I think this card would be perfect for those with household help like a nanny or housekeeper; you could sign them up for a card and then automatically transfer their weekly salary to the card. This card would also be useful for parents who want to provide their kids away at college with an allowance. I personally can’t justify using this card for my weekly grocery budget because I would be subject to the monthly fee…and that is just not frugally minded.
Here are some additional details about Card.com:
Free to order, activate and load
Free app and check deposits from your smartphone
Free direct deposit
Free card-to-card transfers, any time, anywhere, in seconds
No overdraft fees — never goes negative!
Safer than cash – 24/7 support, Visa fraud protection and 100% FDIC insurance on funds
No debt, financially responsible, no interest/credit/APRs
No credit check and approval in seconds
22,000 in-network ATMs
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Free for 30 days – then $5.95 monthly fee, which is waived when you direct deposit over $800 in the previous 30 days. This fee is much less than overdrafting your bank account too.