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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | I went over on purpose.

These are my groceries.

I used one coupon.

In case you were wondering. 😉

And this morning, thanks to a heads-up from MoneySavingMom, I printed out a $1.50/1 Wheatables cracker coupon from These go on sale for $2 fairly often, so I think I should be able to snag a box for $.50. See, I am not entirely anti-coupon!

If you want to be kept informed about such coupons, you really should follow MoneySavingMom. Her uncluttered blog keeps me in the loop when there are high value or free coupons available, and I highly recommend it.

I’ll stop talking about coupons now, but look for a post on the topic sometime soon. Hopefully it’ll clear up some misconceptions about my coupon-related thoughts. If I was a smart blogger, I’d have published that post first and THEN posted about the $4/week shopper.

But, I am apparently not that bright.


This week, I spent $19.06 at Weis, and $55.88 at Aldi.

I also spent $51.45 at Costco, where I bought:

  • 3 pound of raw almonds
  • 2 pounds of pecans
  • 2 pounds of pistachios
  • a large container of honey (I probably didn’t need to say “large”, did I? Everything at Costco is large!)
  • a container of vanilla (uh, that was large too. 😉 )

My total for this week is $126.39. That’s $26 over my usual budget, but I had $28 left from last month’s budget and I purposely spent it on the nuts from Costco.

So, I’m still right on budget for the month of May. And I have lots of nuts in my cabinets, which makes me happy.

Here’s what I’m making for dinner this week.


  • Deep Dish Pizza
  • green salad
  • cream soda (we mostly drink water, but we have soda with our pizza once a week)


  • I really don’t know. Mr. FG has forbidden me to cook, so I’m not entirely sure what we’ll be eating!



  • Salmon with Dill Sauce (it got bumped from last week)
  • French Bread
  • green salad


  • Chicken/Vegetable/Pasta Salad with Cilantro Dressing
  • fresh fruit


  • Asian Glazed Tilapia
  • Asian green beans
  • some kind of bread…not sure what yet


  • Grilled Chicken
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • ummm, the same kind of bread that we’re having on Thursday. Hee.

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Monday 10th of May 2010

I'm always inspired. I love how you eat whole foods.


Sunday 9th of May 2010

I have to say that I'm impressed with how little you were able to spend on nuts. Hubby and I were thinking of buying a pecan tree so we didn't have to pay for pecans anymore! They are sadly very expensive here ($20/lbs)... I don't understand why, because TX has so many pecan trees. It's always good to know some one with a tree :) Have a relaxing mother's day!


Monday 10th of May 2010

When you get a tree of your own and shell your first crop, you'll understand why they're so expensive. But oh, they are so worth it!

Stacey Covell

Sunday 9th of May 2010

Any chance you could forward your recipe for your chicken, pasta, vegetable salad with cilantro dressing. Sounds great!!

tonya triplett

Friday 14th of May 2010

i would totally love the chicken, pasta, veg salad with cilantro dressing recipe too!


Sunday 9th of May 2010

I love knowing that I have a good supply of nuts in the pantry. We add them to oatmeal, yogurt, ice-cream, and salads, but I really keep them on hand for baking days.

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