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What I Spent, What We Ate | $216

What I Spent

I started out with a $25 Hungry Harvest box.

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Then I spent $45.89 at Costco.

And I spent $118 at Aldi.

Finally, I spent $5.89 on toothpaste at Target, and $22 at a regular grocery store.

That adds up to a high-for-me $216. But that’s no biggie because my first two weeks in January were below my $150/week budget.

January Grocery Spending

Week 1: $115

Week 2: $92

Week 3: $216

What We Ate


The girls all ate elsewhere, so it was just Mr. FG and me.  We went to Mod Pizza for a date night (pizza is always an affordable date night option!)

Incidentally, I always feel like I put a lot of veggies on my pizza, but I was put to shame by the girl in front of me this time!

She asked for broccoli and brussels sprouts on her pizza and she had to ask the guy behind the counter to add more. and more. and more.

I love peppers, onions, tomatoes and such on my pizza, but I cannot get behind putting cruciferous veggies on pizza.

So much nope for me.


Mr. FG and Sonia made ramen bowls with chicken, broccoli, and orange pepper.

I thought I’d shared the recipe here, but apparently not!  It’s from a Cook’s Country magazine.


I tried a new recipe for a shrimp orecchiette dish and it was 1) very yummy and 2) very easy.


I’ll definitely make it again sometime.

(it’s from the February/March 2019 issue of Cook’s Country, on the recipe card section in the middle.)

I was surprised at how good it was, given the fairly short list of ingredients, and I’m glad I put it on my menu plan.

I also made a bok choy salad, not because Asian and Italian flavors marry well, but because bok choy is what I had from my Hungry Harvest box.

You do what you gotta do. 😉


I made hibachi chicken and rice (with yum yum sauce, OF COURSE.)

How to make Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp at home


I tried a Cook’s Country recipe for Greek baked chicken, and we had orange slices and homemade potato rolls on the side.

I instagrammed my roll making and part of my chicken making on Instagram stories, so if you want more peeks into my kitchen, go follow me over there!  I’m thefrugalgirl on Instagram.


I made polenta and chicken sausage with tomato sauce, and we had fresh fruit with that.


I’m trying a recipe for pork meatball bahn mi sandwiches from the Feb/Mar 2019 Cook’s Country magazine.  Hopefully they’ll be good!

What did you eat for dinner this week? And how do you feel about cruciferous veggies on your pizza??

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Monday 21st of January 2019

Sunday- at moms eye round roast, mashed, corn, peas. Monday- meatballs in brown gravy, mashed, and corn tues-chicken alfredo, salad weds-Raviolis, salad, bread Thursday- Chicken culet, stuffing and corn Friday- breakfast for dinner- French toast, pork roll, sliced apples Sat- Chicken parm, pasta, salad.

Hawaii Planner

Sunday 20th of January 2019

Last night we had pizza, today we had tacos. Tomorrow we will have beef kebabs & rice. The rest of the week will likely be leftovers (I'll be out of town for work). I'll make dinner again on Friday. I was working my freezer down, but it is crazy full again, so I need to give it another go.


Friday 18th of January 2019

We put broccoli on our veggie pizza... but ONLY when the broccoli has already been roasted. Yum!

Corrine Wilson

Friday 18th of January 2019

Monday-leftover pizza Tuesday and Wednesday- chicken mole and cilantro-lime rice and beans Thursday and Friday- cashew chicken over brown rice

We spent $68 on groceries this week but another $70 for pizza and wings for my son's 5th birthday party.

I love broccoli on pizza! I use pesto instead of sauce and add sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and artichokes. So yummy!


Friday 18th of January 2019

Seriously NEVER thought about eating bok choy raw, so I'll have to try the boy choy salad. My husband likes boy choy sautéed with a little miso added in, but I'm not a fan (I eat an obscene amount of raw greens every week, but cooked greens just remind me of the spinach my mother used to boil to death for dinner -- yuck!).

Also, I wish I liked eggplant -- I keep buying it, because I think it's probably good for me, but then I shove it to the back of the fridge until it starts looking like someone's science experiment. Maybe I just need to give up on it. There's just something about the texture....

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