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Grocery Spending and Menu Plan | Warm Day Edition

The groceries are a little lacking in stuffed animals this week.

That’s because it was a lovely, warm day when we went shopping (50 degrees!), and my kids were out enjoying the weather instead of putting stuffed animals on the groceries.

Of course, Zoe had a sea creature with her.

(the kids have named this whale “AnneMarine”…you know, sort of like AnneMarie. Except not quite.)

Sonia was out there too, of course (and she does still have hands. hee-hee.)

She was just busy chucking bouncy balls out into the grass and then running to pick them up. 😉

I’ll leave her and her mismatched outfit up (which I love!) there on the side while we talk about grocery spending. Let’s see…if you remember from last week, I was working with a limited budget ($77.23) this week, so I tried to plan a menu that required minimal spending.

I spent:

$42.50 at Weis
$34.15 at Aldi

And that makes for a total of $76.55, which is just under my $77.23 budget. Phew.

Next week it’s a new month, and a new budget…yay! I’m hoping to actually have some money left in my envelope at the end of next month.

Breakfast this week will be a combination of toast, oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, pancakes, and cereal. Lunch, as usual, is yogurt, yogurt smoothies, fruit, sandwiches, and leftovers as necessary.

And, here’s what we’re eating for dinner.

Saturday-We’re having a date night (woot!). My dear brother and sister-in-law gave us a restaurant gift card for Christmas with the attached gift of free babysitting (double woot!). I am e x c i t e d, both for the food and the company. 🙂



  • Chicken Tacos
  • fruit salad


  • Shrimp Taco Salad
  • garlic bread, made with French bread from the freezer


  • Swiss Mushroom Chicken
  • Herbed Wheat Rolls (a new recipe)
  • for a side dish, I’ll use up whatever veggies happen to still be around



  • Chicken with Parmesan Risotto
  • green beans

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Monday 1st of February 2010

Impressive that you were able to stock up on flour using only your usual monthly budget. You should be proud of yourself ... so should your family.

I love the punny name for Zoe's animal. What is it with little kids wanting to carry around all their blankets and stuffed animals?


Sunday 31st of January 2010

Well done on coming in under budget. It's not easy is it?

Frugal Liz

Saturday 30th of January 2010

34 degrees and rainy here today. This has been the rainiest year ever! Global Warming at work, I'm afraid...

Noelle@Frugality in the Hudson Valley

Saturday 30th of January 2010

Love the blog and the cute pics of the kids! We got some mild 40's weather here in NY, but we also got miserable rain with the mild weather. Back to 15 degrees now!


Saturday 30th of January 2010

Have a great date! What a thoughtful gift. Definitely one to add to the "experiential, Compact-y" list!

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