It is just fun to say “Oikos”
Well my journey through the magical land of American Greek yogurt continues, as this morning for breakfast I broke out the Stonyfield Organic “Oikos” Greek yogurt!
I was immediately impressed by the creamy texture, although was suspicious that it didn’t seem thick at all. In fact, its texture was reminiscent of regular, non-Greek yogurt, i.e. inferior yogurt!
Husband was able to drop me off at the subway this morning, meaning I was given an extra 25 minutes for my morning routine. What does one do with an extra 25 minutes? Some sleep in, some watch TV, but I, dear readers, make hot oatmeal!
I decided to cook 1/2 cup rolled oats in 1 cup of water (doubled the recipe to feed husband too) and serve it with the yogurt, half a sliced banana, a few sliced strawberries, and a small handful of this entirely awesome trail mix.
I found the flavour of the Oikos yogurt to be tasty. The sweetness of the honey was a nice touch. But, to be honest, I prefer my Greek yogurt to be thick. I want it almost cheese-like. This yogurt reminded me of any old, basic yogurt (although this contains 12 grams of protein, which is a bonus!). I don’t think I would buy this again because it is pricey, but I would definitely eat it again if offered!
Speaking of price, I have been thinking about my budget again. I only have 73 days left of work until my maternity leave, not that I am counting or anything ;). That means only 8 more paycheques! This means I want to get SERIOUS about my spending. And, yes, this motivation is completely caused by my reading of The Complete Tightwad Gazette. It is really making me look at my already frugal-esque lifestyle and wondering where to make some cuts! This is what I propose:
1. No more coffee shop coffee, unless I am out with friends or husband. With 73 days of work left, I will save between $93.44 and $137.97 by avoiding the coffee shops alone!
2. Our weekly grocery bill has been averaging about $100 a week. I would like to cut this by 20%. This means more lentils! This means less Greek yogurt 😦
3. Raise the temperature in our house. We have been keeping it in the 74-76 F range, so I am going to try to stick to around 78. This is a tough one, though, because husband prefers it cooler. Since I am a human incubator right now, you would think I would prefer it cooler too, but my frugal desires evidently outweigh my basal body temperature.
4. Right now, my miscellaneous spending “allowance” is about $116.50 a week (specific number much?). I am toying with the idea of cutting this by half to $60.00. That may be too much, though. This weekend, I am driving to Niagara ($20 for gas), taking my mom out to lunch for her birthday with relatives ($20-25) and having a picnic on the beach with my girlfriends ($ cost unknown!). That doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room. And if there is one thing I like to do, it is wiggle.
After my shopping splurge this weekend, I feel ready to make some frugal changes. I am ready to really live up to the name of this blog!!!!
(…just one more bite of Siggi’s, please 😉 )