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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | We finally left the house!

The back-to-back snowstorms we’ve been experiencing kept the kids and me home for a solid week. I didn’t mind at all, as I like being home, and cabin fever and I have never even come close to making an acquaintance.

But, I was starting to need groceries after a whole week, so I cleaned off the enormous piles of snow that had accumulated on my van, and we headed out to the store.

Here’s what we bought at Weis and Aldi.

The kids wanted me to show you their newest acquisitions…some erasers from a friend.

Zoe’s is the fish, which she accurately identified as a mola-mola (I was completely unaware that this species of fish even existed until Zoe graced our house with her fish-loving presence!). The dolphin is Lisey’s, the penguin is Joshua’s, and the cake belongs to Sonia.

I bought a lot of meat this week…a chuck roast, two large packs of chicken leg quarters, and a whole roasting chicken, plus a package of pepperoni and a package of bratwurst that were marked down.

I spent:

$44.95 at Aldi

$58.17 at Weis

for a total of $103.12. That’s just a tiny bit over my $100/week budget, but it is $20 over my wishful $80 goal. That’s ok, though…given how much meat I bought this week, I shouldn’t have to buy a whole lot next week.

Oh, and last night while on an errand, I stopped and bought this stuff…

…for 48 cents. So, I’m actually $3.60 over budget.

Here’s what we’re eating this week for dinner:



  • French Toast
  • OJ


  • Macaroni and Cheese for the kids, and seafood takeout for the husband me (it’s our Valentine’s Day tradition, but we usually do it right before or after V-day, so as to avoid the rush).


  • Beef Au Jus sandwiches on homemade french bread
  • green salad


  • a whole chicken, cooked in a crock-pot (this is the first time I’ve tried it)
  • Braided Bread
  • fresh pineapple

Thursday (we’re celebrating The Husband’s birthday and Zoe’s with a dinner mostly devoid of nutrition. Because that’s how we roll on birthdays!)


  • Chicken Quesadillas
  • fruit salad

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Sunday 14th of February 2010

Hi, Kristen,

Thanks for sharing all you do on this blog! I've been following it for several months now, and it has encouraged me in some simple steps I can take to better stewardship in my own life--especially regarding food waste. :-)

I notice you often buy Johnsonville brats--one of my favorites! I grew up on them, and it's still the first food I ask for whenever I'm home visiting my parents. Did you know that you can sign up on their website ( and about once a month they'll send you coupons and recipe ideas?

Katy Wolk-Stanley

Sunday 14th of February 2010

My kids get that series of erasers when they go to the dentist as their treat. We have a couple of those penguins. But so far, no mola-molas.

Katy Wolk-Stanley "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without"


Sunday 14th of February 2010

Kristin, Read your blog nearly daily. Enjoy it, but have a question. Wouldn't the kids enjoy the seafood takeout as well, over mac and cheese. I know my 4 children would perfer the mac and cheese, but I know in an earlier post you had stated that your kids were not picky, and they were served whatever you made.


Sunday 14th of February 2010

Well, Joshua and Lisey would enjoy it, Sonia and Zoe wouldn't so much. But, this dinner is in lieu of us going out for a date night on Valentine's. So, we're feeding the kids early, renting a movie for them to watch, and then we're eating takeout all by ourselves. :D


Sunday 14th of February 2010

I got the coupon for the free Oreos too. I'm not a fan of Oreos but figured the kid will like them.

Oh and the first time I went on a whale watching cruise, we saw a mola-mola. Not a very big one but definitely strange looking.


Sunday 14th of February 2010

Another way of cooking lovely chicken in the crock-pot is to cover the bottom with quartered potatoes and chopped carrots and placing the whole chicken on top (having already rubbed the skin with chicken seasoning. About 6 hours does the trick. No oil, no water - seems to work for me! :-)

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