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Grocery Spending | Squeaking by.

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.

The Shopping

Early in the week, I spent $22.00 at a local grocery store for some flour (20 pounds of it), which was on sale, plus ricotta for Zoe’s stuffed shells, some turkey sausage, and a bunch of bananas.

And after that I looked at my menu and realized that I could get through the week with just a quick stop at Weis. Yay!

I bought clementines, clams, chicken noodle soup, cilantro, clam juice, tortilla chips, a jalapeno pepper, a mango, a bag of potatoes, lime juice, a box of cereal and a gallon of milk. And I spent $32.76 for that.

I also spent $3 on local eggs yesterday, which brings my total for this week to $57.76.

I’m under budget and avoided doing a big grocery shopping trip, so I’m feeling mighty pleased with myself.

Let’s see. I have no grocery picture, so hows about a random one from yesterday? I visited my friend from Ready. Set. Simplify. for a serious decluttering session, and we got her daughter to snap a photo of us.

The Menu

Since Mr. FG works second shift, we eat our dinner meal at noon during the week, and at night on the weekends. And our lunch meal happens at night during the week and at noon on the weekends.

We do eat breakfast in the morning, though, all week long!

Breakfast options are homemade yogurt, granola, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, fruit, and cereal.

Lunches 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.

Here’s the dinner meal plan:



  • Snacky Stuff (every now and then we have a meal comprised of hors d’ouevres type of things…cheese, crackers, dip, fruit, veggies and such)

Monday (this meal got bumped from last week)



  • Shrimp and Ravioli in Pink Sauce
  • French Bread
  • Spinach Salad


  • Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach Wraps
  • Sauteed Green Beans
  • Veggie Chips


  • Pizza day!

Hey, Lisey has her post up now! Go check it out if you’d like to learn how to make orange sweet rolls.


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Sunday 4th of March 2012

Can you share the chicken bacon spinach wrap recipe? Sounds yummy! Thanks for all your frugal tips, made the homemade grape jelly with the on sale Welches I bought during super doubles a few weeks ago. It is wonderful.


Monday 27th of February 2012

Those rolls look amazing... and your hair is also really cute :).


Saturday 25th of February 2012

Just for kicks, I compared your $32.76 groceries to our grocery store and surprisingly a big difference (I guess). I looked for things on sale but not everything was on sale (Wasn't sure if you bought some of the items because they were on sale or if Aldi's even does sales). My bill came to 38.01. So, 16% more in costs. I live in California so, I just wondered how the prices compared. We don't have Aldi's but I used Safeway. I don't know if you have those there or not.


Saturday 25th of February 2012

I don't see the clams on your menu plan!


Saturday 25th of February 2012

Your hair looks really cute & rolls look yummy!

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