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Grocery Spending Report and Menu Plans are back too.

I had to buy an unusually large amount of groceries this week, because we were out of a lot of stuff post-vacation.


I bought $54.52 worth of groceries at Aldi, and then at Weis, I plunked down $75 for my groceries. That adds up to $129.52, which is $29.52 over budget.

However, I ended September under budget. In the last three weeks of September I only went shopping twice, and I spent a total of $185. That would be under for even two weeks, and it’s way under for three weeks. So, I can more than cover the $29.52. 😉

Breakfasts this week will be oatmeal, muffins (I’m going to make some pumpkin apple muffins so I can share a recipe with you), toast, cold cereal, and bananas.

Lunches will be leftovers, fruit and yogurt smoothies, fruit, raw veggies (cucumbers and carrots), and bread.

Dinners are as follows.


  • Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken
  • garlic bread
  • green salad




  • Asian Tilapia
  • Potato cubes
  • fruit salad



  • Grilled Hamburgers
  • homemade buns
  • some sort of vegetable side…will depend on what’s on sale next week (I shop on Thursdays)


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Frugal Liz

Monday 5th of October 2009

I'm making pizza on Friday too!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

Saturday 3rd of October 2009


I see that you bought a package of pepperoni. Let me share a tip with you. I buy my pepperoni from a local pizza restaurant that sells me enough for two pizzas for the price of a single "topping," which is $1.50. This not only saves me money, but there's zero packaging, (when I remember to bring my own container) and I don't end up with more than I need.

This tip is only a saver for the meats. Other toppings like mushrooms, olives, etc. are more expensive when I buy them from the restaurant.

I have also bought shredded mozarella cheese this way and saved.

Welcome home from vacation!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

"Use it up, wear it out, make i do or do without."


Saturday 3rd of October 2009

You got a TONNE with what you paid... i'm with the first poster, everything seems to cost so much more here! :( I'm "getting by" with $100 this week because the kids are always whining that "there's nothing to eat"... LOL! So i'm "cleaning out" this week! ;)


Saturday 3rd of October 2009

I'm glad to know the animals will be back soon :) If the chai tea mix works out, will you post the recipe? It's pretty expensive to buy in the stores. I believe it's $3.99 for the powder mix at Trader Joe's and it only gives you nine drinks. I make my own hot cocoa mix and all of my spice mixes (taco seasoning, ranch dip etc.) I never thought to make my own chai mix!


Saturday 3rd of October 2009

Yikes, $8.99 is a lot. Is it still cheaper than regular milk?

Freckles, we completely and utterly forgot! lol It's been 4 weeks since we took a grocery picture and my kids and I just didn't remember.

We'll try and do better next week.

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