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

I missed last week, so I’ll add that spending in here as well to wrap up September!

What I Spent

My total for the last two weeks was $297.66 which is riiight on target.   Phew.

Week three was a little crazy with the spending, but I made up for it by hardly shopping this week.

September Spending

Week 1: $121

Week 2: $109

Week 3 and 4: $298

Total: $527.66

That puts me at just $131 per week in September, which is quite excellent.   Yay!

What We Ate


Chipotle chicken kebabs. So easy! So tasty! You should so be making these!

chipotle chicken kabobs with cilantro dipping sauce

I had some hamburger buns in the freezer, so I thawed those and broiled them with garlic butter.

And I know we had some sort of produce, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was.   Hmm.

I know I sliced up some cucumbers, but there was something else too.

The world may never know.



Cheese tortellini from Aldi (love that stuff!) topped with tomato sauce.   And then I also steamed some fresh broccoli and topped that with the last of a package of cheddar cheese.


I thawed some ham from the freezer, cooked up some bacon (left from a partially used package), and added cheese, onions, and mushrooms to make panini.

I also made braised cauliflower with white wine and garlic, using a head of cauliflower from Hungry Harvest.

browned cauliflower


I wasn’t feeling too hot (I caught a cold), so I got out some chicken, some naan from the freezer, and a jar of prepared Tikka Masala sauce from Aldi.

Easy, cheap, and quick.


I might make pizza, if I start to feel more like myself.   If not, then we may be frequenting one of our local pizza shops for takeout. 😉


What did you eat this week? And how did you fare with your September grocery budget?


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Colleen Gold

Sunday 1st of October 2017

I always cooked grd chuck in large quantities and divide for meals. Cooking a large boneless pork loin or beef roast then tossing the leftovers in the slow cooker & turning them into pulled pork sandwiches or carnetas. The beef in beef & gravy or taco meat.I always roast 2 chickens freezing unused mear for chicken & rice or dumplings. I did the above the years I worked and even though I'm retired old habits die hard


Friday 29th of September 2017

I was having a good month budget-wise, until this week happened. There was one big grocery shop early in the week, and then mid week I had time to take the bus to Market Basket to stock up on gluten free flour and the goat cheese that my younger daughter can eat. None of that is cheap, but it should last me all next month as well.

Monday - pasta with creamy goat cheese sauce, broccoli for the kids, kale for the adults Tuesday - saucy tofu, rice, salad, peas for the kids, kale for the adults Wednesday - chick peas with mushrooms and chard in tomato sauce, rice, green beans Thursday - quesadillas, black beans, tomatoes Friday - homemade bread, cheese, tomatoes, cream of celery soup

My older daughter has always been a vegetarian and my youngest daughter has just decided to become a mostly vegetarian (meat only for special occasion). My husband eats meat, but doesn't care if I don't cook meat at home. So, my meal planning just got much simpler. Woohoo!


Saturday 30th of September 2017

Oh yes! It'll be way simpler for you to just cook vegetarian for everyone most of the time. And probably cheaper too!


Friday 29th of September 2017

I am a full time working mom whi cooks every night. It takes a lot of prep and planning on the weekends but is very worth it.

Molly F. C.

Friday 29th of September 2017

Battra: This doesn't fall under a frugal purchase but I highly recommend a turkey deep fryer. We cook our turkey that way each Thanksgiving, and use it a bit throughout the year. The oil can be filtered, and saved for reuse. I've never had turkey taste as delicious as a deep fried one.

Kristen: Love these posts! Hope you're feeling better soon.


Friday 29th of September 2017

The cauliflower braised in wine and garlic sound delicious! Would you consider sharing the recipe some time? Thanks


Friday 29th of September 2017

Sure thing! Next time I get a cauliflower, I'll take pictures and share the recipe. I don't really like cauliflower, but this is a pretty edible way to prepare it.

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