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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | I’m on budget!

I spent $46.22 at Aldi this week and $27.31 at Weis.

Aldi groceries arranged on the floor.

I also spent $7 at the produce stand for these groceries:

Produce from a local produce stand.

And that all adds up to $80.53. I’ve got $82.50 to work with each week this month because of my wheat purchase, so I’m right on target! Color me happy.

For breakfast, we’ll be eating homemade granola, homemade yogurt,, fruit, scrambled eggs, and cereal.

Lunches will be leftovers, yogurt smoothies, fruit, sandwiches, and some raw veggies.

Dinners will be as follows:

Saturday (my brother and his wife are visiting for dinner, which is why we’re having two different types of pizza. I only have one oven, so by using the grill and the oven, I can produce enough pizza at one time to feed us all!)


  • I’m not sure yet…we may be having some friends over, in which case we’ll grill out. If it ends up being just the 6 of us, we’ll probably do our usual breakfast for dinner thing.


  • We’re probably going to have an at-home date night…we’ll feed the kids spaghetti and then eat sushi on the deck by ourselves after sending them to bed (or for the older two, sending them to Joshua’s room to hang out with each other)


  • Fish (I have some tilapia and some salmon, and I’ll likely cook them two different ways)
  • Cheese bread
  • green salad


  • Quesadillas-some chicken and some seafood, to use up some food from the fridge and freezer
  • fruit salad
  • Zucchini Patties


  • Mandarin Chicken Salad (like the one Wendy’s makes)
  • English Muffins


  • Club Sandwiches
  • raw veggies
  • watermelon

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Monday 14th of June 2010

Have you considered a CSA? Our CSA costs us $20 per week and we get more veggies than we can finish off. So far I've given away a bag of lettuce per week to my folks (who pay me back in baked goods, yum!)

Sharon @UnfinishedMom

Sunday 13th of June 2010

Wow! Those are some very green bananas. I guess they'll be hanging out on the counter for a few days. ;)


Sunday 13th of June 2010

i'm new to your blog, but it looks great. at my farmer's market, there are sometimes options for "cosmetically challenged" fruits and veggies at reduced cost. i picked up a bunch of organic stone fruit today for $2/lb instead of $3.50. might be worth keeping an eye out, especially since you mentioned trying to eat more local stuff. u-picks are great, too.


Sunday 13th of June 2010

I love the way you creatively find ways to spend time alone with your husband and have "dates" like sushi on the deck after putting the kids in bed, and telling the two older kids to play with other. I don't understand why so many parents seem to think it's wrong to do that, like the kids need their 24/7 attention. By the time they're a little older, their siblings can be great companions. I actually know people who kind of give up on their relationship for the entire time their kids are growing up. It makes me wonder about how much they value their marriage. I could never do that, my marriage is the most important thing in the world to me.

I think you really are a great model of how to have a family while also taking good care of your marriage.


Saturday 12th of June 2010

What do you do with the wheat germ? I get it every now and then but I just like to eat it by the spoonful. lol

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