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WIS, WWA | a pricey week

What I Spent

model of pregnant belly.

My week has been full of OB labs!

I spent:

  • $10 at Lidl
  • $15 at Safeway
  • $30 on a Hungry Harvest box
  • $7 at Aldi
  • $98 at Sam’s Club

Annnnnd that adds up to $160.

But we know I’m not gonna do that every single week.

Besides, I cooked all my meals at home and packed all of my lunches and brewed all of my coffee here, so I am giving myself a pat on the back. 🙂

What We Ate

You already saw some of these meals in this week’s Five Frugal Things post.


Zoe was at a gathering of friends, and this is the night I made the tortellini/tomato/bacon pasta.



Zoe was at work, and I made asparagus soup for myself.

bowl of asparagus soup.


Last two days of med surg clinicals! I made a pot of chicken noodle soup and packed that for my dinner, along with several containers of fruit.

two bowls of chicken soup.


A repeat of Monday because I like to not have to think very hard when it comes to packing clinical meals.


I used the last of the rotisserie chicken to make a small batch of chicken enchiladas for us, and I am actually quite proud of myself because I just made them without a recipe.

pan of enchiladas.

Look at me over here, winging it! I made a basic white sauce, using 50/50 chicken broth and milk, added green chilies and seasonings, and it worked out just fine. 🙂


I got some chicken thighs out of the freezer, used my trusty chipotle marinade and accompanying sauce, and made a salad for the two of us, topped with homemade croutons.

chicken salad.


We have some leftover chicken from last night, so I’ll probably use that as a basis for something. 🙂

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Friday 12th of April 2024

I'm giving you a pat on the back, too, Kristen! Great job!


Friday 12th of April 2024

Impressively done though, all your cooking at home this week!! I see you and salute you!

Blue Gate Farmgirl

Friday 12th of April 2024

WIS: $21 @ Costco WWA: rotisserie chix week! Sun: Chicken w/mashed potatoes & gravy, asparagus, fruit salad M: Chicken tacos T: Chicken taco salad W: Chicken and noodles, green salad Th: leftovers w/more green salad, sent the rest home with cousin F: grilled burgers S: family clamming day: fresh fried clams, green salad, veggie pasta alfredo and garlic bread . Harvesting carrots, lettuce, chard, kale, broccoli & scallions.

Amanda in VA

Friday 12th of April 2024

We are in that phase of life where unless I spend at least $150 at Aldi each week minimum, we actually run out of food! And my oldest is only 13. Oh boy we are in for it, and I can't wait.

Monday we had a couple of different pastas. Alfredo sauce and veggies over tortellini. I must have also made fettuccine with Alfredo sauce and leftover roasted chicken.

Tuesday I feel like I cooked a bag of chicken strips in the oven, but I can't remember what else we had.

Wednesday my husband grilled an entire bag of burgers and some chicken on the grill. We had roasted potatoes on the side.

By yesterday we were starting to run out of food because, silly me, I thought these full Aldi bags of chicken and burgers would have lasted more than 48 hours. I bought and roasted an entire bag of Aldi salmon in the oven. I also made a big batch of mac and cheese to use up the leftover bits of cheese I have been stuffing in the freezer. I roasted broccoli too.

Tonight will be a clean out the fridge night. Between a little bit of leftovers and some produce (I have been making plates of chopped fruit on the regular, and the children devour them) I think we can clean out the fridge. I want to deep clean it tomorrow because we have guests coming next weekend--we're starting on those deep cleaning tasks you only do when guests come.


Friday 12th of April 2024

Oh, I think that's so reasonable when you are feeding growing children. :)


Friday 12th of April 2024

We were gone for the first half of the week. We went to Vermont to see the eclipse. The frugal aspect was that we cooked at least 1/2 our meals at the chalet.

We also bought a ton of maple things (including syrup!), tons of Cabot cheese, and tons at King Arthur (including two 50# sacks of flour) despite only spending money on the flashfood app and bring food from home...our food spending was quite high (not that it will be eaten all this week).

Saturday was also the last Farmers Market for a month so besides paying for our veg/fruit CSA and a double pork meat box at the end of the month, the next month shouldn't be so bad.

Since we've been home we have eaten: Wed: clam chowder w/ bacon Thurs: pasta w/ swiss chard, cannellini beans, and bacon Fri: was supposed to be steak and cheese w/ onion rings but we haven't pulled the steak from the freezer yet so maybe sweet chili chicken w/ rice and green beans???? or something w/ grilled chicken. TBD

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