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What I Spent, What We Ate | Not exactly organized

What I Spent

Let’s see. I started the week off with my Hungry Harvest box ($19.23 because I added berries this week):

I made a small stop at Aldi ($29.50):

On Tuesday, I went to Costco and bought a variety of things (mostly frozen fruit). That cost $83.41.

Yesterday, I picked up my cousin’s baby (he’s still not knocking it out of the park with the sleeping) and took him with me to my car appointment so my cousin could take a nap.

One of the other customers there recognized me from my blog, and she said hi, which was so fun!

But I can’t for the life of me remember her name.

Hi, blog reader from the mechanic’s waiting room!

Anyway, after my car appointment, we stopped in at Aldi for a few things ($34.28).

aldi groceries

I’m at $166.42 for the week, which is less terrible than I anticipated (Costco + random miscellaneous trips usually = seriously busted budget).

April Spending

Week 1: $160

Week 2: $166

What We Ate


Since my Hungry Harvest box had given me some zucchini, I decided to make Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp.

Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp

We ate that over rice, with orange slices on the side.


I made well-done grilled hamburgers, which we ate with watermelon and potato chips.


This was the night I tried the new kebab recipe.

We also had garlic breadsticks,

mashed sweet potatoes,

mashed sweet potatoes

and watermelon.


Let’s see. This was a weird night, as we were supposed to have band rehearsal but there was a scheduling snafu that we only discovered once we got there.   Oy.

Joshua made BBQ chicken pizza bagels for himself, I ate scrambled eggs, and the girls made cheese tortellini for themselves.

And Mr. FG picked up a sub on the way home from the rehearsal that wasn’t.


We’ve got a Good Friday service to go to, but it’s on the early side.

So, I think we’ll pick up some pizza on the way home, as I’m not thinking this is a smart night to make pizza myself.

What have you been eating this week?

Do share!


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Monday 17th of April 2017

I'm trying to remember what we had, I know it included the following but don't remember which day was what: - spaghetti and meat sauce - steamed shrimp - kielbasa - steamed chix in leftover teriyaki sauce (lunch) - went out for happy hour sushi - tofu-meat meatballs in miso soup (except half the meatballs disintegrated so I called it Meaty Miso Soup instead) I intended to Tea Smoke a chicken but ended up just noshing on the steamed chix instead.

My disinclination to meal plan and cook continues. On the plus side I did inventory the freezer

Adriana @MoneyJourney

Sunday 16th of April 2017

That watermelon! They haven't "popped up" over here yet, but your picture just made my mouth water!

This past week I often made risotto and mashed potatoes as side dishes. We had leftover meatloaf and just couldn't let it go to waste (my first meatloaf was a success! Although too big for only 2 mouths).

I've also 'cleaned the fridge' by cooking this yummy salted pie: chopped up leftover veggies, fried in a pan, mixed with beaten egg & cheese (omelette like) and baked in a salted pie crust. De-li-cious!


Saturday 15th of April 2017

I get such a kick out of your grocery budget posts now that I am a budgeter. :)

When Mr. FG gets a sub or you pick up pizza, do you count that as grocery budget? I always ponder this when I'm balancing my YNAB every week.

Brooke Hart

Saturday 15th of April 2017

My son got his first job at Arbys. The manager let's the staff bring home any leftover sandwiches at closing. Someone in the house is having a roast beef sandwich for dinner or lunch the next day. Family members are living this. I made cabbage and noodles with chopped bacon. The children loved it.


Saturday 15th of April 2017

This was a tough week and all my good intentions and plans went out the window. I was in shock over the unexpected death of a friend and that was coupled with one of the most stressful work weeks in years. I wound up buying a rotisserie chicken and munching on cold chicken and ice cream for dinner all week. I am a total stress eater and snacked on Easter candy at work most days, too. The only thing that saved me from a complete nutritional meltdown was that we had a salad bar style potluck at work and there were enough leftovers to make salads for several days' lunches.

I am starting to feel better, and more in control again, and so far today I have eaten healthfully. Hopefully I will be back to normal soon. Meanwhile, I am carrying over the meals I planned for last week into next week.

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