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Grocery Report/Menu Plan | Essential Shopping

On Saturdays, I share my menu plan for the upcoming week along with a photo of my groceries and a tally of my spending. My goal is to spend $100/week for our food, toiletries, and cleaning products. I’m currently in the midst of trying to buy more local, sustainably-produced food while sticking to my budget. Can it be done? I don’t know, but I’m going to try, and I’ll share what I learn as I go along.

As you know, I spent a good pile of money at the grocery store last week, so I didn’t do a full-blown trip this week…just a stop at Aldi for some essentials.

Ok, so, the thin mint cookies there weren’t exactly a necessity. But they ARE really yummy. In fact, we ate them side by side with a real Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie, and we decided that the Aldi ones better.

Plus, the Aldi version is around $1.50/package, so there’s that. You could buy cookies, donate to the girl scouts if you wish, and still be money ahead!

(of course, these aren’t particularly healthy, but the ingredients are no worse than the Girl Scout cookies…I checked. 🙂 )

I bought a few other things that aren’t in the picture due to my own oversight…more produce, some cheese, and a box of cereal.

I spent $49.89.

Breakfasts this week will be cereal, granola, yogurt, toast, eggs, and fruit. Plus the occasional yogurt smoothie if I feel inspired.

Lunches (we flip-flop our lunch and dinnertimes because of Mr. FG’s work schedule) will be comprised of sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, homemade yogurt, yogurt smoothies, cottage cheese, fruit, raw veggies, nuts, cheese, and leftovers as necessary.

And here’s what we’re eating for the main meal of the day (we eat this at lunchtime during the week and at night on the weekends.)



  • French Toast
  • OJ
  • fried eggs




  • Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
  • fruit salad
  • broccoli


  • Thanksgiving! I’m sure you can guess what my contribution to the meal is. 😉


  • Homemade pizza

Have a lurvely weekend!


Today’s 365 post: Evidence of a successful leftover-eating night

Joshua’s 365 post: Light Stripes

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Monday 21st of November 2011

I am glad to see the positive feedback for Aldi's. I switched to shopping there a couple years ago and still get a lot of negative feedback from those in my social circle about shopping there. Yes, there are some things I will not purchase there due to bad experiences, but that can happen anywhere! And the amount of money I save by shopping there is unbelievable.


Sunday 20th of November 2011

In my haste, I skimmed this post. I read only part of the sentence, but I rather like the trick my brain played on me: "In fact, we ate them side by side with a real Girl Scout". I'm LOL at the image of cannibalism over at La Casa FG.


Sunday 20th of November 2011

I'm pretty sure any cookie would taste better than a Girl Scout. Hee.


Sunday 20th of November 2011

"In face, we ate them side by side with a real Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie" you might want to change that face to FACT


Sunday 20th of November 2011

Thank you! I fixed it. :)

Jo in RI

Sunday 20th of November 2011

I just wanted to let you and your readers know about my best friend's upcoming show: The Ambush Cook. It premieres on December 3 at noon on OWN (not exactly a frugal channel to get, unfortunately). But her show is fabulous (I got to watch the taping of several episodes)--all about getting people into their kitchens and cooking their own food instead of wasting money (and calories, etc) on eating out or buying frozen dinners and take out. Lots of awesome recipes and great tips for beginner and expert cooks alike. Check out the trailer at


Saturday 19th of November 2011

Oh, FG!! I am so disappointed -- "Thin mints NOT an essential?" -- I don't know if I can keep reading this blog!!! :)

So wish we had an Aldi's!

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