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WIS, WWA | Balancing it all out

What I Spent

I started off the week with a $25 Hungry Harvest delivery, plus a $44 Aldi trip.

Hungry Harvest green veggies

Hungry Harvest veggies and fruit

And then I made a small $18 stop at Aldi (raspberries were so cheap, I had to go one more time!) and a $14 stop at the store where Lisey works.

Then yesterday, I forgot I needed asparagus for last night’s dinner. I could have gone to Aldi, but I chose to hit up a grocery store near some other errands, and I spent $9.88 on asparagus and a few other things.

That puts me at $111 for the week, which is below my $150/week average.   And it pretty much perfectly makes up for last week’s overspending.

January Spending

Week 1: $187

Week 2: $111

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I grabbed subs for a date night (sandwiches are a great way to keep date night spending down!)

Joshua ate at work, and the girls ate bacon quesadillas at home.


We had a snacky dinner (ham slices, cheese, crackers, fruit, trail mix, frozen potstickers from Costco).


Since the air finally went above freezing for the first time in weeks, I thought it was time to grill. 😉

So I made Caribbean Chicken with Couscous, a recipe from my 52 New Recipes challenge.

We also had a spinach salad, to use up some of my Hungry Harvest spinach.

(Recipe from my ATK Quick Family Cookbook)


I made Asian Lettuce Wraps, another find from 52 New Recipes.

(Recipe from my ATK Quick Family Cookbook)


I came across a recipe in my own archives for Shrimp Burgers and I realized I hadn’t made those in a long while!

I decided I’m not a big fan of the lemon zest in the recipe, though, so when I make them again, I’ll leave that out.

I also cooked the broccoli from my Hungry Harvest box and topped it with cheese.


I tried a new recipe from a Cook’s Country magazine for ramen noodle bowls…not a soup, but noodles, pork, asparagus, and mushrooms in a sauce.

It was good, and I’ll make it again, except I think I’d like to try it with chicken next time.


Often, Mr. FG and I go out for our $20 date night on Saturday nights, but I have book club this Saturday (We’re reading a Fredrik Backman book this month and I’m not quite finished with it yet!).

So, I think we’ll switch things around, and do pizza on Saturday instead of tonight.


What have you been eating this week?

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Tuesday 16th of January 2018

Sunday: Pot roast with mashed potatoes, gravy, and sauteed green beans. Monday: Grilled salmon with sweet bourbon glaze, potato pancakes from leftover mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli Tuesday: Honey, soy sauce marinated pork chops,garlic butter rice, and sauteed spinach. Wednesday: Frozen pizza spruced up with sausage, onion, peppers and mushrooms. Thursday: Beef and Barley soup Friday: Parmesan and breadcrumb crusted baked chiken, macaroni and cheese, and Italian Chopped Salad.


Monday 15th of January 2018

Sunday, took MIL out for her birthday(Charlie Browns) Monday, Hot dogs and mac cheese(for dh and kids) (I had beans, no one else likes beans) tues, Chicken stuffed with broccoli (pre made Barber ones) , mashed, mixed veggies wed- Chicken cutlet with noodles with garlic and oil, and corn Thursday- spaghetti/sauce (pc of pork chop in sauce) salad, and bread Friday, Out Chick fil a Sat- pot roast (in my pressure cooker) potatoes, and carrots, biscuits


Sunday 14th of January 2018

Is there a post about your new counters/backsplash that I missed along the way? Would love to read about it.

Laura in NH

Sunday 14th of January 2018

Pretty good week around here, I spent $115 on food and another $20 on household items. I’m pleased with that. It was similar last week and my budgeted amount is $100-125/wk.

We ate: Soup bar (broccoli cheese or Minestrone from my freezer stash), with garlic bread

Lasagna also from the freezer, with LO bread

Pulled pork (yup, freezer find), with coleslaw on homemade buns

LO night

Chicken noodle soup, bread and fruit

Homemade pizza and Caesar salad, tapioca

Oven BBQ chicken, roasted mixed potatoes, salad and chocolate beet cake


Sunday 14th of January 2018

How do you make your chocolate beet cake?


Saturday 13th of January 2018

Sun: oven cooked fish in burger with avocado, lettuce, carrot, cucumber Mon: chicken & veg risotto including onion, garlic, carrot, celery & zucchini & I was extra hungry so after I cooked some sweet potato oven chips Tues: fried rice made with bacon, onion, garlic, carrot, zucchini, celery, corn, peas Wed: red chicken curry with onion, carrot, celery, zucchini, cauliflower Thursday: craving pan fried chicken and prawn dumplings so takeout Fri: spaghetti bolognese (homemade sauce with whizzed up onion, garlic, celery, carrot, zucchini) on wholemeal spaghetti I decided to make myself eat because I bought it & I'm trying to stop food waste and added homemade chilli oil and parmesan & was really pleased I enjoyed the wholemeal pasta Sat: tonight met up with friends for pot luck dinner and made rice paper rolls with chicken, rice noodles & salad filling with vietnamese dipping sauce and enjoyed mini quiches, chicken curry, rice & mango salad

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