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What I Spent, What We Ate | out of town for a bit

What I Spent

Sonia and Zoe, Sonia in particular, had a hankering to stay with my parents, so she suggested that Mr. FG and I go somewhere. 😉

We were happy to oblige, so we booked an Airbnb in the lovely little town of Jim Thorpe, PA for a few days.

Luckily, there was an Aldi nearby (woohoo!) and our Airbnb had a full kitchen. So, we were able to mainly avoid eating out.

We spent $56 at Aldi, and that provided us with our breakfasts, lunches, and two dinners. 

trail mix

Definitely cheaper than eating out for all of those meals.

chex mix

When we got home, I spent another $90 on groceries, so I’m at $146 for the week.

What We Ate


We baked a frozen margherita pizza from Aldi and ate some cherries with it.

Aldi frozen pizza


We cooked some shrimp lo mein and potstickers.

shrimp and potstickers


For our last night away, we got sandwiches at a little pub in Jim Thorpe.


We came back from our trip and picked up Sonia and Zoe around dinnertime, so my mom kindly fed us all dinner.


I made a chicken tortellini green salad with homemade croutons, and I got a loaf of homemade French bread out from the freezer as well.

chicken salad

leftovers packed up for Mr. FG’s lunch


I made pork cutlet cuban sandwiches, to use up a half package of pork from the freezer.

cuban sandwich

We also had broccoli and cheese.


I think I’m going to make a Greek salad from Dinner Illustrated.

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Monday 29th of July 2019

That's so cool that you went to Jim Thorpe! I am originally from a town not far from there and while it's not the most popular tourist destination in the world, it *is* really lovely and affordale! I hope it wasn't too humid for you!


Monday 29th of July 2019

It was super super hot when we first got there, but on our last day, it cooled down to very pleasant temperatures! We'd love to go back when the weather is a little cooler.

Betta from daVille

Friday 26th of July 2019

$48 (stocked up on bacon, which was the rock-bottom price)

Saturday: can't remember Sunday: BLT with cucumber salad Monday: Spanish Gazpacho Tuesday: Armenian eggplant stew with lentils and rice Wednesday: fast food :( Thursday: greek salad with chicken Friday: pasta with meatballs, sauce & roasted broccoli


Friday 26th of July 2019

Sunday - burgers and sautéed zucchini, yellow squash, and bell peppers. We were camping so we also had s’mores.

Monday - no one felt like cooking when we arrived home from camping but we didn’t want to go out. We ordered pizza for the kids from Wegmans (cheaper than from a pizza place and we needed a few groceries anyways) and got burrito bowls for the my husband and I from Chipotle (sadly our kids do not like Chipotle).

Tuesday - hot dogs, tater tots, and green means. This is my pickiest child’s favorite meal so we have it every once in a while and she is so happy.

Wednesday - Honey Garlic Chicken with peas

Thursday - egg scrambles with odds and ends from the fridge and Easter ham from the freezer, cubed roasted sweet potatoes

Friday - Turkey burgers and a salad made from ingredients from our CSA


Friday 26th of July 2019

I only went over-budget by 19 cents last week. Victory!

Saturday - tacos Sunday/Monday - pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli. Tuesday - I recreated a favorite restaurant sandwich - basically turkey, boursin cheese and tomato on a croissant with chips and apple slices. Wednesday - It was blazing hot and I was stressed and tired from work. I put off making anything to eat until I was super hungry. So I just opened a can of baked beans and had some with toast and apple slices. Thursday - chicken strips from the freezer and homemade oven fries made with red potatoes. Discovered I am not the biggest fan of fries made from red potatoes. Friday - not sure, but I do need to eat up the beans from Wednesday so it will be beans & something. Friday -


Friday 26th of July 2019

I think a $0.19 overage is QUITE respectable. ;)


Friday 26th of July 2019

Monday: Chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn Tuesday: The only chance for eating dinner with my husband was to meet him at a park close to where he was coaching. I got pizza and bread sticks from Pizza Hut (not super frugal, but SO YUMMY) and took a pitcher of water to avoid buying drinks (frugal, but no amazing taste) Wednesday: Sloppy joes, watermelon, peas Thursday: Fajitas. Forgot to cut up cantaloupe to go with it. Friday: We're going to the fair tonight! I got $50 out at the bank this morning and am hoping we can keep admission, food, and and maybe a ride to that amount. It's more than we've spent at the fair before, but my kids are growing and my husband's been working a lot, so I'm looking forward to doing fun stuff tonight.


Friday 26th of July 2019

I hope you guys have a lovely time at the fair. I think that's a great way to spend $50.

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