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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | name that animal edition

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.

This week, I spent at $47.44 at Weis and at $46.30 at Aldi.

I also spent $15 at the local organic store for some chicken (I brought my own glass container so my chicken was completely waste free. Yay!) and local eggs.

So, I’m at $108.74, which is $8.74 over budget.

I’d already put some of my groceries away before I remember that I needed to take a photo, and I was going to skip it altogether. But, my children protested because they wanted their stuffed animals to hide in the groceries. So, here are photos of a few of my groceries. 😉

This is Sonia’s request (the turtle in there is hers).

And this photo contains a stuffed animal belonging to each of my kids. The bear and the fish are easy, but my want to know if you can figure out what the other two animals are.

Breakfasts and lunches will be typical this week….oatmeal, cereal, toast, bananas, and juice at breakfast, and bread, jam, yogurt, fruit, and leftovers at lunch.

And here’s the dinner plan:



  • We’ll be celebrating my father-in-law’s birthday with Mr. FG’s family. I’m probably bringing bread…try not to be too shocked. 😉


  • Grilled Bratwurst on buns
  • green beans
  • chips


  • Broiled Tilapia
  • English Muffins
  • green salad


  • Baked Potato Soup
  • Two-Tone Bread
  • green beans



  • We’re flip-flopping our date night and pizza night, so we’re having pizza on Friday and a date night on Saturday.

Today’s 365 post: Do you ever worry that the toys aren’t getting enough to eat?

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Sunday 24th of October 2010

They're pleased they stumped some of you! The curly tail sticking out is a seahorse, and the green animal under the bananas is an alligator (not to be confused with a crocodile, says Joshua).


Saturday 23rd of October 2010

hmmm... My guess is a green turtle that has been featured in the past is under the bananas on the left. And the curly tail - maybe a gecko or other lizard.


Saturday 23rd of October 2010

I see what looks like a lizard (Joshua's, of course!) sticking out of the bananas, but other than that I'm at a loss! Tell Lisey she stumped one reader! :)


Saturday 23rd of October 2010

Something brown and fuzzy is lurking in those green bananas--but it looks too brown to be the famous spider! And that white tail could be a cat, or a mouse?


Saturday 23rd of October 2010

Sounds good. Any ideas about revamping your grocery shopping schedule? I love that I only make 2 big shopping trips/mo. and a couple of quick & easy trips in between. Enjoy the weekend.


Sunday 24th of October 2010

Yup, I'm going to try implementing that this week. Stay tuned!

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