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Menu and Grocery Spending-A happy report this time.

First, here’s the produce. I didn’t need a lot this week, as we have some left from last week. Every so often, I purposely buy a little less produce than usual so that we will be forced to eat what’s already in the fridge.

A collection of produce from Aldi, arranged on a table.

And here’s the rest of my food.

An arrangement of groceries from Aldi.

After my less-than-stellar over budget shopping last week, it occured to me that I wasn’t quite as over as I thought. I’d neglected to remember that $2.35 of my Aldi total was for a bag of Skittles that Lisey was buying with her own money (I paid for them with the idea that she would pay me when we got home). So, I’m $16.03 over budget for the month, not $18.38.

So, how did I do this week? I spent $47.31 at Aldi and $17.79 at Weis. That is only $65.10, which is $14.90 under budget. Woohoo!

This means that I’m only $1.13 over budget for the month, and I can totally live with that, even if I don’t make it up next week. Whew.

For breakfast this week, we’ll be eating granola, yogurt, and whole wheat toast, with a bit of cereal thrown in.

Lunches will be yogurt smoothies, bread, fruit, raw veggies, and leftovers as necessary.

Here’s what we’re eating at dinnertime:



  • Instead of breakfast for dinner, we’re having a snacky meal…fruit, veggies, cheese, dip, and probably some jello, which will thrill my children greatly, as jello is something of a rarity around here! :p


  • Tortellini Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken(I had this on the menu last week, but it got bumped. )
  • English Muffin bread


  • Grilled Hamburgers
  • Homemade buns
  • Grapes
  • raw carrots and cucumbers


  • Chicken and Bacon Quesadillas
  • Applesauce


  • Asian Tilapia
  • Potato Cubes
  • Green Salad


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Monday 15th of June 2009

Have you ever tried to make your own "mixes". I notice you have some onion soup/dip mix. You can make it for cheaper than even Aldi's sells it (and it's good b/c you can control the sodium too). There are some really good recipes for it on recipezaar.


Monday 15th of June 2009

Leigh, yes, those are purchased buns. lol We used them with some bratwurst for an easy meal. Sometimes, I just don't feel like baking. Shocking, I know. lol


Monday 15th of June 2009

Okay, I was sure someone else would see it too, unless I'm just seeing things (beyond the animals). Are those hot dog buns there?!! That's like the cobbler's children wearing the neighbours shoes isn't it?! And they don't fit and aren't as cute as what the cobbler makes.

Frugal Liz

Sunday 14th of June 2009

Kristen, It's strange, because I make almost everything from scratch, so you'd think I wouldn't spend that much. I think you're right...We just eat a lot more than you guys do!:P


Sunday 14th of June 2009

@Kristen My son (8 this month) has a horse from Build-a-Bear workshop who wears a Seattle Mariners t-shirt...but no pants. It looks kinda funny to me and we laugh about how he'd get arrested if he left the house (the horse, not my son, tee-hee).

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