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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | 100 Pounds of Wheat Edition

This week, I spent $65.28 at Aldi and $19.28 at Weis for a total of $84.66.

So, it seems like I’m $15 under budget, but I’m actually not. That’s because I bought 100 pounds of wheat (which I will grind into flour and use for baking) for $70.

Normally I start out the month with $400 in my budget, which gives me $100/week. Since I had to take $70 out, though, I’ve only got $82.50 to work with each week.

$84.66 is decently close to that, and if I can manage to keep my spending that low for the rest of the month, I should be good to go. I’m not sure how much local food I’ll be able to buy with that, though!

I don’t have an honest-to-goodness grocery picture for you today. This is mostly because I forgot I’d given my debit card to my husband and only discovered this sad fact when I went to pay at Aldi. Normally I use cash there, but I hadn’t been to the bank yet to withdraw my June grocery money, and since I had no debit card, I couldn’t pay!

So, I had to leave my groceries, pack the kids back into the car, drive across the highway to the bank, unpack the kids, go inside the bank (can’t use the ATM without a debit card!), withdraw cash, put the kids back in the car, drive back to Aldi, unpack the kids and pay for my groceries.

I was a little bit frustrated.

It was a really hot day and by the time we finished at Weis and got home, I was tired and hungry and my groceries were starting to thaw. So, I decided it was more urgent to put them in the fridge/freezer than it was to take a picture.

Anyhow, that’s why I only have a photo of my produce (and some of it’s missing from the picture).

Produce from a grocery shopping trip

What will we be eating this week?

Well, I made a big batch of banana-chocolate chip muffins yesterday (I decided to take the advice of those who said to puree my avocado and use it with banana), so we’ll eat those for a few breakfast meals. I also still have some homemade granola left, I always have homemade yogurt around, and as you can see, we have some fruit to eat for breakfast as well.

Lunches will be leftovers as necessary, plus sandwiches, fruit, raw veggies, nuts, and yogurt.

And here’s my dinner plan:



  • French Toast, because we didn’t end up having it last Sunday


    • I’m going on a date! With my husband! Woot!

I think the kids are going to be eating boxed mac n cheese.;)


  • Asian Chicken Pasta Salad
  • Cheese Bread
  • fruit salad




  • Club Sandwiches with Basil Mayonnaise
  • probably a fruit salad

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Monday 7th of June 2010

Just found your site last week, love it. We are a family of 5 (12,10, and 6) that tries to spend 125 per week, you are very inspirational!! Also I made your wheat dinner rolls (froze half) and overnight cinammon rolls yesterday with my 12 year old daughter, so yummy and fun!!


Sunday 6th of June 2010

have fun on your date night ;)


Sunday 6th of June 2010

I keep $100 buried in my wallet. It isn't counted in the contents as I track my cash. I started doing this years ago. Inevitably, I come up short somewhere, I always have this money to make up the shortfall. As soon as I get more cash from the bank, the shortfall is replaced and all is back to normal.


Saturday 5th of June 2010

So today I decided to walk the three miles to my volunteer gig at the library. Duties completed, I headed over to the Farmer's Market with my trusty stuff sack. I then took a long detour to the grocery store , as I needed to deposit a check. I shimmied under one gate and scrambled over two fences to get there. Finally, in the blessed cool of the grocery store, I stuffed my ATM card into the slot and lo & behold, it's expired! Gaaaaaack! Fortunately, I wasn't completely out of cash, so I picked up some yummy cherries and munched them as I ambled toward home in the mid-day heat. As I wandered through the park, I happened upon the Summer Festival, so I rested in the shade of a tree listening to a pretty decent Van Morrison Tribute Band before finally slogging the last leg of the journey home. Seems like seventeen, but was probably about seven miles. Man, I was ready to wail when that ATM card didn't work. I don't know how you do it, Kristin!


Saturday 5th of June 2010

Hi! Just found your lovely blog. I am curious if you ever do a Weis' sale post? I'm not sure where you live but we are in Baltimore area and I shop at Weis' but rarely see blog posts about how to take advantage of their sales, etc. Just wondering if that was part of your blogging. If not, I would LOVE to see it. I have found Weis to be most inexpensive around here--even though it's not necessarily my favorite grocery store. I grew up in eastern PA and since Weis is a PA-based store, I can find lots of things from "home" there too!

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