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WIS, WWA | a $94 week

What I Spent

bowl of wineberries.

This week I spent:

  • $15 at Target
  • $18 at Whole Foods
  • $27 for a Hungry Harvest box
  • $20 at Aldi
  • $14 at Trader Joe’s

So, $94 for me…a pretty cheap week!

What We Ate


Mac and cheese for Miss Zoe (easy to chew!), and I do not remember what I made for myself.


Zoe had a friend over and neither was terribly hungry at dinnertime.

Zoe was still hesitant to chew very much, so I just heated up some chicken noodle soup for the two of them, and I made myself a naan pizza to use up the last naan in the freezer.

A BBQ chicken pizza on a white plate.


Sonia was over, and I made Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, one of her favorites.

Swedish meatballs in a red skillet.

Is this traditional 4th of July fare? No, but we didn’t care. 😉


More pasta…Zoe thought spaghetti with red sauce sounded good, and it has the bonus of being easy to chew.

I didn’t feel like pasta, so I made myself a fried egg on top of mashed sweet potatoes.

sweet potato bowl.

The green onions are ones I regrew from grocery store onions. And the bowl is from the treasure house. 🙂

bowl with sweet potato, egg, and onions.


I made ham and cheese panini, which we ate with cucumber slices and grapes (Zoe can handle chewing both of those).

sliced panini on white plate.


Chicken tacos!


Zoe was craving nuggets and fries after her wisdom teeth removal, but this was at a point when she could not properly chew such a meal.

So, I might offer this as an option for her tonight now that her chewing situation has improved.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Friday 8th of July 2022

WIS: Approx. $30 at Market Basket, Stop&Shop and Aldi WWA: Saturday: Burgers Sunday: Chicken marsala Monday: Swedish meatballs and some vegetable. Tuesday: Leftover--great when I get in from work late because of summer traffic. Wednesday: Well, as I said I have been working out of my freezer--Thankfully. I went for an appointment and the cleaning lady was here. I really like to not make a mess immediately after she is here. I offered my daughter that I would pick up the on-sale pizza at the market. They were busy, so I figured I would go back later. But I bought some ice cream and came home to put it in the freezer--that is when I found that the food in the freezer was thawed. I shared with my daughter--burgers, salmon, steak. Thursday: Steak fajitas & Spanish rice Friday: Leftovers. And today I went out to buy a new refrigerator. The salesman did not try to oversell. I was prepared for $2K after researching (including tax, delivery and take the old one, and the extra 5-yr warranty); but it ended up at $1K, just a plain old (actually new) white, top freezer, no ice maker (that will be my job) or water dispenser--just more things to break. He was truthful to my questions that I asked based on the complaints people had. Appliances are made to not last--Maybe the climate change advocates should look into environmental causes from the massive amount of appliances that now end up in the landfill. Growing up, my family had same refrigerator. It was still there when my parents sold their house.


Friday 8th of July 2022

I broke my Ankle last Friday so my Husband has been Cooking. Monday Night we had Egg Rolls Tuesday Night , can't remember Wednesday night Burritos Last night I cooked we had Philly cheesesteaks And Tonight we had Hamburgs


Friday 8th of July 2022

@Cristy, sorry Hamburgers

Natalie J

Friday 8th of July 2022

Sunday: We spent the weekend at my in-laws place, and they had a BBQ Sunday night. Hot dogs, burgers, watermelon, yum! Monday: We drove home this day, and my in-laws set us up with leftover food. Tuesday: Still leftovers, haha Wednesday: BBQ chicken casserole. I doubled it and gave one to a neighbor who recently had a baby. She asked for the recipe, so I guess it turned out well! Thursday: Pizza salad. Not sure why it's named that, but it's a family favorite and it's stuck by this point. Salad with marinated beans, pepperoni, red onions, and cheese. Friday/Saturday: More leftovers

A. Marie

Friday 8th of July 2022

WIS: $4 at a produce stand, $39 at Price Chopper, and $12 at Wegmans. There was another BOGO on olive oil at Price Chopper, which I will again be sharing with neighbors.

WIA: A beef noodle soup from frozen beef stock, and some sheet pan roasted chicken and cauliflower. This cauliflower was so old it should have been collecting Social Security, but I just sliced off the moldy bits and used the rest.

And the Bestest Neighbors brought me back half a smoked whitefish from their holiday weekend stay at the lake house. I'll be using some of the whitefish on a chef salad tonight, along with salad greens harvested from another neighbor's garden.


Friday 8th of July 2022

@A. Marie, your cauliflower joke cracked me up!


Friday 8th of July 2022

This week we had: Sat: Red pepper pasta with chicken parm sausage and red sauce Sun: leftovers from saturday Mon: Went to a friends house and had cheeseburgers, macaroni salad, corn. Tues: Fennel and grapefruit salad, Flatbread with fava beans, cucumbers, and burrata Wed: Salmon, rice, amaranth, and snap peas. Cherry chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Thurs: Husband's birthday dinner out at a new Italian restaurant in town. They do small plates so we shared: Burrata with apricots and nuts, fried artichoke, grilled asparagus, branzino, and shrimp/crab paccheri. For dessert we shared strawberry rhubarb bamboloni (doughnut) and baked sorrentina (sweet cream gelato, yuzu cream, meringue, candied citrus) Tonight: Husband's actual birthday and he is requesting we will have beef enchiladas, refried beans, corn salad, tortilla chips and tomatillo salsa, and birthday churros

Thursday night was most certainly not frugal in anyway but totally worth it. Additionally, I have found out I love fava beans. They are only around a short time and this is the first time I have ever been able to buy them and I just can't get enough. If you are lucky enough to spot them at your local farmer's market grab them immediately. You won't regret it :-)

Liz B.

Sunday 10th of July 2022

@Jaime, Not fava bean-related, but the current issue of Cook's Illustrated has a recipe/method for making fried artichokes! I've never had them, and frankly, have never heard of them before. Apparently, it has historically been a Roman Jewish preparation for artichokes.....I love food history! I read CI via my library's Libby app.

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