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What I Spent, What We Ate | Half-Year Totals!

What I Spent

I skipped doing a grocery post last week (oops), so I’ll give you the total for this week AND last week, which adds up to $272.23.

I had another haphazard grocery week (see: yesterday’s post, where I mentioned that I’ve majored on the fun this week, and not so much on the responsibility).

So I don’t have one big grocery photo to show you.   But here is one of my Aldi trips:

Aldi groceries

June Weekly Spending-

Week 1: $92.35

Week 2: $171.93

Week 3: $145.70

Week 4 and 5: $272.23

And since it’s the end of a month (and the end of the first half of the year!):

Spending Year To Date (avg. $158/week)

January: $681

February: $650

March: $823

April: $623

May: $656

June: $682

What We Ate


This was a haphazard kind of night, and I’m having trouble remembering what everyone ate.   I know at least some of us ate quesadillas and guacamole.


We had Aussie Chicken, along with a green salad and toasted English Muffin bread.

baked no knead English muffin bread


I made a salad from my ATK quick cookbook…a green salad topped with sliced steak and potato wedges, and dressed with mustard vinaigrette.

America's Test Kitchen Steak and Potato Salad


I helped out two of my friends by taking their kids to the pool with me all afternoon, so I pressed the easy button for dinner: frozen ravioli from Aldi, topped with tomato sauce from Aldi.


I was planning to make shrimp lettuce cups, but my avocado-buying didn’t line up properly.

There’s something of an art to that, isn’t there?   Buying the rock hard avocados so that they ripen by the time you want to use them…

So, hey, I might go for my fallback of pizza.


What did YOU eat for dinner this week?

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Brook Hart

Sunday 3rd of July 2016

My young adult children are scattered to the four corners of the world for the summer. I plan on cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer the next two months. Who knows what will get cooked . I plan on eliminating many items from the house. I have a daughter that is away and the entire family will be going gluten free when she returns. Sadly the child has no self discipline and her health problems are becoming more serious. On the bright side eating healthier is good for the whole family. I have two months to become better educated and to find meal plans for the family. Growing together as a family is always a good thing.


Sunday 3rd of July 2016

We've super loved your fluffy pancakes recipe. Is there any twist that you can teach us on how to enjoy it more?


Sunday 3rd of July 2016

We were on vacation out of town so our menu has been kept very easy: Lunchs were sandwiches with veggies, fruits, yogourt, etc

Diners were : pasta with beans and/or cheese, a BBQ night (sausages on a bun, burgers, salads), and restaurant outings three times.

Happy to be back to a more normal routine with meals (variety).


Saturday 2nd of July 2016

I think (??) that you use Gold Medal flour sometimes so here is some information about a recall in case it applies to you ...


Saturday 2nd of July 2016

Do you include cleaning and health and beauty items in your monthly tally? Just curious how our family compares... Thanks!

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