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What I Spent, What We Ate | also, last week’s spending!

What I Spent

By the way, the mystery soup from my freezer was indeed butternut squash soup. And I ate it all! Yay me.

I spent $156 this week, so just about on budget.

Buuuut I spent $239 last week.

I did buy an organic turkey, so that kind of explains the high spending last week.  Thanksgiving comes only once a year, so I’m not too worried. 😉

November Spending

Week 1: $66

Week 2: $126

Week 3: $239

Week 4: $156

And since it’s the end of a month, here’s the grand totals for the year so far!

Year to date spending

January: $544

February: $588

March: $641

April: $728

May: $535

June: $749

July: $578

August: $498

September: $598

October: $628

November: $587

Average so far is $139/week.

What We Ate


Mr. FG’s parents came over for dinner and I made clam chowder, fruit salad, and basic rolls.  

clam chowder

And we had brownies and ice cream for dessert.


We had Thanksgiving leftovers after church, and then on Sunday night we were here, there, and everywhere! I don’t think any of us ate the same thing. 


I tried Chicken Scampi from my latest Cook’s Country magazine, and it was just ok. I don’t really understand recipes that have you bread and fry something and then top it with a sauce.  

The fried part gets soggy and then what even is the point?


Zoe temporarily has an extra dance class, which means we have only a one-hour window between the two classes. 

Which means dinner is challenging! So we used our Chick Fil A cow calendar offers, which meant we got dinner for less than $5 total. 


Pulled pork, to use up the buns from my freezer challenge! And also to use up some pork from my kitchen freezer (vs. the chest freezer).


We had Parmesan polenta topped with tomato sauce.


We’re going to have ramen noodle bowls (not soup; you just use Ramen noodles to make something more like a bowl of pasta).

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Sunday 2nd of December 2018

We had the following: -frozen lasagna (two crazy late soccer nights) -chicken/edamame/potstickers -We had a date night! -Chicken artichoke dish over pasta -Chicken baguette


Saturday 1st of December 2018

Those noodles look so yum, think I'll go have a noodle dish... I have been so under the pump my meal planning has been very haphazard for quite a white but I have managed to track all my spending on food every week for the year so far which is a first for me & something I never imagined I would have the discipline to do; this has also curbed my food expenditure enormously - this blog has been a great encouragement and motivator! I have been slack with dinners but pretty consistent with porridge or a healthy nutty muesli for brekky, usually 2 pieces of fruit a day, a nut bar in the afternoon & a range of healthy lunches - my latest invention is avocado on wholemeal multigrain crackers with a single serve tin of tomato onion tuna dolloped on top - delicious, has protein and increases my fish intake. I will sally forth in to December determined to plan my dinners better...


Saturday 1st of December 2018

woops; that should say while not white


Saturday 1st of December 2018

You have inspired me with your freezer challenge! So this week I mad a concerted effort to use up things from the freezer. But since I am only cooking for one, the dent I made was small. From the freezer I used: some herb pizza dough from Trader Joes, pizza sauce I had frozen in small pizza-sized portions, one pork chop, a handful of frozen green peas, an English muffin, and two slices of sourdough bread. I am also trying to work my way through my vast collection of loose and bagged teas. This week I had organic pumpkin spice tea, cinnamon apple tea, hot cinnamon spice tea and some English breakfast tea.

Saturday - I made pork fried rice with some leftover rice, a boneless pork chop and assorted veggies. Monday - homemade veggie pizza Tuesday - I went to Costco after work and just grabbed a hot dog at their snack bar when I was on my way out. Wednesday - Tacos Thursday - creamed beef on toast with green beans Friday - I bought a sub sandwich for lunch and ate half then and the other half for dinner.

For the coming week I am going to try to use up some chicken from the freezer and some of the bread items that seem to have set up a colony of carbohydrates. They seem to multiply!


Friday 30th of November 2018

The Parmesan Polenta looks similar to a recipe I saw on America's Teat kitchen where the polenta get chilled down then you cut it into squares and top with the tomato sauce. Is yours like that?


Friday 30th of November 2018

Yep, that's exactly the one!


Friday 30th of November 2018

Gee, um's test kitchen not teat. That one would probably be for dairy recipes only, lol!


Friday 30th of November 2018

Monday: Last of Thanksgiving leftovers, ham etc.

Tuesday: Curry with rice, carrots, potatoes etc.

Wednesday: Cleaning out the fridge of leftovers

Thursday: Your Cast Iron chicken recipe you posted the other day.

Friday: Frozen fish and chips, most likely. I might just do tater tots if I'm too tired.

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