Ready for a peek in our food lives this week?
(That makes it sound more exciting than it actually is. Be forewarned.)
This week, I spent $125.25 on my main shopping trip, $84.77 of which was at Aldi.
I purposely bought the butter package with the loose end. The interior wrappers were unmarred, and I bought it so Aldi wouldn’t have to throw it away.
I’m not much of an impulse shopper, but when tea is on sale, I cannot resist. Tea is a fairly frugal splurge, after all. I mean, $2.50 gets you 20 cups of hot goodness, which is hard to beat.
I found a few packages of marked-down chicken legs. They were only about $1 apiece, so I bought them and immediately put them in the freezer when I got home. I’ll probably brine and grill them when we get a warmer day.
I have no beef with grilling in the cold, exactly, but it does use a lot of propane to heat a grill up in 25 ° weather. So, I prefer to do that on a warm-ish winter day.
My spending this week includes our traditional January gingerbread house kit.
Also, I had to stop in at Costco, and I spent $54.40. And before our field trip this week, I needed a few portable foods, so I spent $9.57 there.
The bottom line: $189.22.
Soo, my first two weeks in January have been on the high side if I want to average $200 over the course of a year. I think I’ll see if I can manage a lower-spending week this next go-round.
Not going to Costco would help with that.
Week one: $195.93
Week two: $189.22
I feel like we ate a vegetable with this but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was.
We were out all day, so I put a chuck roast (from the freezer) into the crock pot and made Crock Pot BBQ Beef sandwiches with store-bought buns.
I served those with veggie chips from Aldi and cut-up fresh pineapple.
I ate my beef on a salad because (embarrassed face) I feel like store-bought buns are usually not worth eating. If I’m going to eat refined carbs, I want them to be darn tasty.
(The one exception to this is a Five Guys burger. I do eat the bun there!)
Mr. FG wasn’t with us for dinner, and the kids and I had to be at church, so we did kind of a fend-for-yourself thing.
There was leftover tortellini soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, eaten in a hurry.
We had Swiss Mushroom Chicken, a green salad, and a braised red potato recipe from Cook’s Illustrated.
(placeholder picture of Swiss Mushroom Chicken. We did actually have a salad and potatoes, not green beans and pineapple.)
I made the potatoes to use up the last of the bag of red potatoes I’d bought for clam chowder. Cook’s Illustrated’s website is so handy for things like that…I just typed in red potatoes and chose from the list of recipes that popped up.
It’s a pizza night, although the three girls are at a sleepover, which means I might opt not to make homemade pizza just for the three of us. We shall see…