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WIS, WWA | $254

What I Spent

I did finally drag myself out to the grocery store. FINALLY. 

And yikes, I spent a lot of money: $254, to be specific.

This is what happens when you put off actual grocery shopping for several weeks in a row; you need to buy all of the things!

But when you average it all out for the month, it’s fine; I averaged $145/week, which is slightly under budget.

This spending includes the $14 I spent on my 48 pounds of apples.

box of apples

October Grocery Spending

Week 1: $224

Week 2: $152

Week 3: $27

Week 4: $69

Week 5: $254

What We Ate

Well, I made a lot of applesauce this week! But I did cook other things as well. 😉

jars of applesauce

(Here’s how I make my applesauce.)


Mr. FG and I had a takeout date night; I made chicken tikka masala for the girls.


I made homemade pizza for the first time in my new oven, and I think I need to tweak a few things (a slightly higher temperature, and I need to put the rack lower in the oven.)

homemade pepperoni pizza

(If your homemade pizza sucks, here’s how to fix it.)


We ended up getting subs because our original plans for the evening (pumpkin carving with a cousin) got postponed last minute, and I had not started anything for dinner!


We had spaghetti and garlic bread, plus applesauce. 


I tried a New York Times recipe for gnocchi and chicken soup, which I had high hopes for. Sadly, it was just ok.

I do really like gnocchi, but I think I don’t like it in soup; it gets sort of a gooey texture that reminds me of play-doh.

So, I will stick with gnocchi in other ways.


I spent the day doing a bunch of painting in preparation for my dad helping us frame our original dining room windows.

So, easy night: I made gingerbread pancakes and bacon. 

crispy bacon


I think Mr. FG and I might do our date night tonight, since tomorrow night is Halloween. 

What did you have for dinner this week? 

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Sara C

Thursday 5th of November 2020

I highly recommend subbing the gnocchi for cheese tortellini (we like the frozen kind) in soups. They hold up well and really increase the heartiness of any soup.

Erika W.

Sunday 1st of November 2020

I gave up on NYT recipes years ago. So many of them are dud with a capital D.


Sunday 1st of November 2020

Oh, that is good to know! I'd thought maybe since they are such a big company, their recipes might be well-tested.


Friday 30th of October 2020

We had the following: Breakfast for dinner ( my fave, NOT my hubbies fave) Baked pollack with roasted potatoes and peppers BBQ chicken with quinoa salad and strawberries Leftovers with yogurt and homade granola Frozen pizza and fruit.

Take care everyone!


Friday 30th of October 2020

WIS: About $80. Last Saturday I went for the 3-day sale and stocked up. Today I picked up a bit more for stocking up. I have a ton of vegetables and burgers & chicken in the freezer. I could be good for a couple of weeks. There is only my husband and me but sometimes we do dinner with my daughter and her family next door. Friday: Pizza for babysitting Saturday: Lemon chicken, potatoes and broccoli Sunday: Left over turkey burgers, gravy, leftover potatoes and sugar squash. (This may become my Thanksgiving dinner unless I can fine the stuffed turkey roll at TJs.) Monday: Pot roast for the whole family Tuesday: Left over pot roast and vegetables. Wednesday: My daughter made a corned beef and cabbage soup and I made a focaccia. Thursday: Remainder of the spaghetti sauce and box of pasta, left over pot roast and a green salad. Friday: Aldi prepared pizza. I went out this afternoon to get a haircut and do some Halloween shopping for my daughter's small party tomorrow. I wanted to make up some bags for the kids of Dollar Store, non-candy products. There will only be 6 children of varying ages.


Friday 30th of October 2020

I, too, have to go to the store. Only two people here, but I aim to cook well for the two of us! Monday - Chicken with gravy and biscuits, green beans DELISH Tuesday - We didn't eat: Mexican Tilapia, sauteed brussels sprouts, small twice baked potato. I don't know what we had. I think I made dinner salads with some chicken breasts I found in the freezer. Wednesday - Pork Chop, Hash Brown Casserole (froze half), turnip greens Thursday - Slow Cooker Steak Soup, Mexican cornbread Friday - Dinner is charcuterie from here Saturday - Taco Night, seasoned pintos Sunday - Probably the Mexican Tilapia dinner above Its been a rough week. The charcuterie sure tastes great with some beer from our local growler room...

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