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What I Spent, What We Ate | No Aldi for me

What I Spent

I did not bother going to Aldi this week. Going there would have saved me money, yes.

But the Aldi stores have a pretty small footprint, which makes it hard to stay away from people.

And you have to stand in line to get in, since they are (wisely) restricting the number of people who can be in the store at once.

So, I pressed the easy button and went to a larger, less popular grocery store. I’m sure I spent more money than I would have at Aldi, but the reduction in stress was worth it.

I dropped $277 at the grocery store, and I also got a $25 Hungry Harvest box.

My 50 pound bag of flour arrived too, so that was another $36.

King Arthur bulk flour

I can make SO MANY PIZZAS now.

So, I’m at $338, which is $38 over my normal two-week budgeted amount.

How’s my spending overall?

I think it’s going to be interesting to see what happens as I keep up this every-two-week shopping.

In April, it worked out pretty well; my total spending was $599, which is right on budget.

What We Ate


Lisey spent all afternoon helping Mr. FG with some outside work, so instead of doing our usual takeout date night, we asked her where she’d like to get takeout from.


She chose a taco place, which would come as no surprise if you knew Lisey.  She could eat tacos every day.

(And honestly, so could I. She comes by this honestly!)


Since I finally had some mozzarella, I made two pizzas, using this recipe.

homemade pizza

I usually make one pepperoni pizza and one that’s half dairy-free and half BBQ chicken.


Monday was my birthday, and in honor of that, we got takeout from a local BBQ place.

Kristen birthday

Polaroid courtesy of Zoe 🙂


I made shrimp and grits, and we had fresh veggies and fruit on the side.

shrimp and grits

(I use this recipe, but I recommend using way less than 2 tablespoons of salt in the grits. Between the cheese, bacon, and broth, there ends up being too much salt if you use 2 tablespoons.)


I made these Korean beef lettuce wraps. It’s been a while since those were on the menu, and I’d forgotten how tasty they were.

Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

We also had potstickers (frozen, from Costco) and some steamed broccoli.


I made chicken and biscuits, which we ate with more broccoli (Hungry Harvest sent me two pretty big heads of broccoli this week).

homemade chicken and biscuits


I think I will probably make pizza again, if no one has any objections to pizza twice in less than 7 days’ time. 🙂

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Monday 11th of May 2020

Monday - meatball subs and side salad Tuesday - chicken fajitas Wednesday - Crispy onion pork chops and asparagus Thursday - chicken Marsala and broccoli Friday - pizza Saturday - tomato basil orzo soup with grilled cheese Sunday - smoked pork tenderloin

Kym Parker

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Sunday - Chicken Parmesan

Monday - Hamburgers

Tuesday - Chicken Tenders

Wednesday - Club sandwiches

Thursday - Tacos

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - Baked Potato Soup

Randi Macdonald

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Where did you find the flour online? I can't imagine that shipping would be economical.


Sunday 3rd of May 2020

I ordered it from a site called Webstaurant Store. Surprisingly, even with shipping it turned out to be about $3 for each 5 pounds.

I can never find King Arthur flour in stores for that price for a five pound bag, so I did not hesitate to place my order.


Saturday 2nd of May 2020

We had lots of unplanned leftovers this week because of unpredictable appetites so I'm glad I don't preprepare food. Last Friday I bought Chinese takeaway from a local place that just opened on the 17th of April, and we had leftovers on Saturday night. Sunday I made devilled sausages with mashed potatoes and rice and I think we had leftovers on Monday. Tuesday I cooked steak for my daughter and I, and fish for her dad. Wednesday I split about 700 grams of beef mince to cook savoury mince and curried mince which I was going to serve with the leftover rice, but nobody was hungry so 2 of us plus our 2 visitors ate it on Thursday and my daughter had noodles with eggs. Friday I cooked chicken in mushroom sauce and cooked more rice but only I ate it so it became leftovers for tonight. Anne.


Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Happy birthday! I ate: Mon - Grilled sausages with baked potato & steamed mixed vegies Tues - Cooked a packet of Alfredo pasta & sauce & mixed in vegies & a chopped leftover sausage Wed - Pancakes with maple syrup Thurs - Bought hot roast chicken with baked potato & mixed steamed veg Fri - takeaway pizza Tonight - no idea yet but it's 4.30 pm here so getting hungry...:) Take care all

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