For Christmas I think the ONE thing I actually asked my husband for was a stock pot. Of course that was foolish of me because my all time favorite Christmas present are these expensive chocolate truffles from Chicago that he gets for me every single year. I LOVE them! They seriously make Christmas morning so much more special for me. I did not specifically ask for them this year and he did not get them for me. But he did get me the stock pot. I wanted it to do proper canning this summer. I believe it was the day after Christmas when he looked at the enormous pot sitting on the stove and he asked me, "when are you going to start making stock already?" Like I was neglecting my gift and should be making stock round the clock.
All that said, I am boiling a whole chicken right now (that sounds very inhumane) and am making stock for the chili and for chicken and dumplings later on this week. The recipe I am using for the white chicken chili is here (sorry Sonya Ann, I failed) and I chose it specifically because of the salsa Verde that Sonya Ann used for her green chicken.
Okay, on to money. I am way over budget at this point but I'm not the least bit stressed about it. I've gotten my son a new winter coat for next year ($12), a pair of shoes (the next size up; $11), and two long sleeves shirts and a sweatshirt for next year ($14.74). I purchased a pretty neat Star Wars candy gift set today for Little Abe's birthday. It was in the Christmas clearance ($4.19/ originally $15). He is going to LOVE it.
Last year I did notice that there was a lot of fabulous clearance during the month of January. In attempt to keep my spending down I purchased a little of it but not as much as I probably should have. This year I am going a different route. I am only purchasing things that we will need or smart gift choices for this upcoming year but I am not holding back as much on the January clearance sales for the sake of the budget. I think buying a few more things on deep discount this month will off set some spending later. So I'm going for it.
I purchase very little at full retail but simply for my own reflection the clothing and shoes pictured above would have cost $132.47 if I'd paid full price for it all. I spent $43.21 on all of it, a savings of $89.26 (67% savings). Not bad, not bad... I'm going to have to find something really really cheap to push that total over to 70%... I like the sound of 70% a lot more.
Average daily spending for 2016: $20.87
I better get back to that chili... the chicken is probably done cooking right about now.