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What I Spent, What We Ate | April’s at an end!

It’s almost time for a new month of grocery spending.   And by the time I do another end-of-the-month wrap up, we’ll be done with school for the summer.   Yay!!!

What I Spent

I spent $152.86 on my regular grocery shopping trip.

The cold stuff:

cold groceries

The shelf-stable stuff:

pantry items

And the produce:


I also spend $13.24 on chicken at the organic market, and $33 on my produce box.

produce box

My produce box contained a head of cabbage this week, which is always a challenge for me.

So, I consulted this post where you all shared cabbage recipe ideas, and I think I’m going to make this chopped Thai chicken salad.

My total this week is $199.10.

April Spending

Week 1: $248

Week 2: $108

Week 3: $68

Week 4: $199

Spending Year To Date

January: $681

February: $650

March: $823

April: $623

So, I’m averaging $163 per week for the year so far.   Last year, I averaged $199/week, but that was partially due to the purchase of a quarter of a cow.

I don’t think I’m going to need to buy one this year (I bought it fairly late last year), so I expect my spending to remain a bit on the low side in 2016.

What We Ate


I made pork cutlet sandwiches, from my Cook’s Country magazine and we had pita chips (from Aldi) and raw veggies on the side.

pork sandwiches


I served Make-Ahead Chicken Enchiladas for dinner.

baked chicken enchiladas with red sauce

(With chipotle sour cream, of course, because Joshua and I like our enchiladas hot, hot, hot.)

We also had applesauce from the freezer plus a batch of sauteed green beans.


It was my birthday and we went out to get subs for dinner.   Because next to Tex-Mex, my favorite thing is a good sandwich.   I had leftover enchiladas for lunch, and then a tasty sandwich for dinner.

It was a good day.   🙂

Oh, and I had an ice cream cake too.

ice cream cake

And presents.

kristen birthday

So it was a very good day.

And I think 38 is going to be a good year.


I pressed the easy button and made buttermilk pancakes with strawberry syrup (except my strawberry stash was shockingly low, so I made a blueberry version instead.)

I also fried up some local sausage from the freezer.

strawberry syrup DIY


It’s pizza night, and I’m thinkin’ I’ll opt for regular crust homemade pizza.

homemade pizza


How’d you do at sticking to your April grocery budget?   And what did you eat this week?

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Wednesday 25th of May 2016

This is my first time visiting your blog and I'm really enjoying it! Here's a delicious way to cook cabbage from a southern girl: chop up your cabbage and saute it in a skillet with a about a TBSP each of vegetable oil and butter. Cook until soft and season with salt and pepper. My favorite way to cook cabbage.


Thursday 5th of May 2016

Hey there! I have a question... I must admit that I have not been closely tracking your spending (I know, shocking!!) so I might've missed something along the way. I seem to recall that a few years back you were reporting something around a $400/month budget for food. And now it's averaging a lot higher. If this is true, could you explain how you decided to make this shift, if you feel good about it, if it's all because of growing kids and higher quality foods, etc.? I have had this idea in my head about my own family's budget that if we increase our spending we must somehow be wasting money or being less efficient... meaning it's a negative thing. But at the same time, we just tend to be spending more money overall year-over-year and I am frustrated by that at times! Any thoughts?

Jen | Green Baby Deals

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

Now that Aldi's has a better option of organics, I stock up on some of their stuff and save a ton. I'd love to buy a part of a cow, if only I had the room or it!


Sunday 1st of May 2016

Happy Birthday! What a great site you have. I found you via CBN's youtube video share about your site. Love it and now a new fan :-) blessings!!!


Saturday 30th of April 2016

After a $76.00 shopping trip to Save-a-Lot the meals for the week were: Monday: chicken and broccoli Alfredo with garlic bread. I had some left over spinach leaves and chopped them up to put in with the broccoli. Tuesday: homemade mac and cheese, Brussel sprouts, and applesauce, some more garlic bread Wednesday: homemade pizza Thursday: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans Friday: We ate out.

It was a successful week for us.

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