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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | Well, that wasn’t my best trip ever.

Things started out ok….I got my groceries to the counter at Aldi, but then remembered I didn’t have any cash because I’d used it all to pay for my blueberries from Jersey.

So, then I decided just to use my debit card, which would have been great except for the fact that it had expired the day before. I was dumbfounded and couldn’t figure out why my band hadn’t send me a new card.

I had to leave my groceries at Aldi, drive to the bank, go inside (can’t use an expired debit card at the ATM), order a new debit card (with a new number, in case the one they sent me had gotten into the wrong hands), get some cash, and then go back to Aldi.

On the bright side, though, my bank is just across the highway from Aldi and my kids aren’t nearly as hard to get in and out of the car as they used to be (they all walk and they can all buckle and unbuckle themselves. Life is pretty good.).

After leaving Aldi with my paid-for groceries, we went to Weis, and I realized that I hadn’t gotten peppers or onions at Aldi. Red peppers are usually prohibitively expensive anywhere other than Aldi, so I was thinking I’d have to go back to Aldi again (3 times in one day is just tooo much!), but then mercy of mercies, I saw that red peppers and sweet onions were both on sale at Weis. Yay!

Anyway, by the time we got home it was more than lunchtime, so all I have for you today is a picture of bagged groceries.

Groceries in bags on the floor.

Want to know something that makes the debit card scenario more funny?

While I was putting away my groceries, I discovered my new debit card at the bottom of the fruit bowl.


How it got there, I have no idea…normally when I get new credit/debit cards in the mail, I activate them right way, put them in my wallet, and shred the old ones. This one must have arrived on an unusually busy/disorganized day or something.

I spent $64.60 at Weis and $83.72 at Aldi for a total of $148.72. Since I’m trying to keep an $80/week budget to save up for a future beef purchase (I failed at that last month, thanks to my blueberry purchase!), that means I’ve got about $11 left for an off-week milk/produce run.

Breakfast this week will be granola, fruit, cereal, yogurt, and toast.

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. Of course, we don’t eat all of that every single day…it’s just a list of the things we choose from for lunch each day. And Mr. FG eats leftovers for lunch pretty much every day.

Dinners are as follows:



  • Instead of our usual breakfast for dinner options, we’re going to try making crepes, and we plan to fill them with strawberries and whipped cream.


  • Grilled Hamburgers
  • Chips
  • fruit salad


  • Broiled Tilapia Fillets
  • steamed broccoli
  • watermelon


  • Meatball Subs
  • green salad


  • Fajitas (made with chicken, shrimp, and grilled peppers and onions)
  • fruit salad


  • Takeout date night for Mr. FG and me, something super-duper easy for the kids

Enjoy your Saturday! I’m off to have breakfast with my kids, get some whole wheat bread dough and homemade yogurt started, and then we’re going to tackle decluttering Joshua’s room. (check his 365 post today for a before picture of his nightstand!)

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Wednesday 6th of July 2011

I've had days like that! One thing I'm bummed out about is the prices at Aldi going up, up, up. Within 2 weeks' time, we went from paying $1.79 for a gallon of milk to $2.19. And eggs, oj, sour cream, cream cheese - all have inched up. Hope it slows down.


Monday 4th of July 2011

Better luck next time. Caring for children is more important than mail. You don't look your age. Have a nice week and don't be so hard on yourself. We cannot win them all!!

Brandi @ Frugal Farmhouse

Monday 4th of July 2011

Yum! What a great menu! very inspiring :)


Sunday 3rd of July 2011

It must me contagious! I left my wallet on the floor at home last week and had to sheepishly explain this at the grocery store.

Try a few extra crepes, add a couple of cut-up scallions and then fill with asian chicken (fab!).


Saturday 2nd of July 2011

"Momma said there would be days like this!" I am sure it happened so you could be a great example to the workers at Aldi-- you probably exemplified grace! ;)

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