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WIS, WWA | Black Friday

I kind of hate Black Friday because I dislike crowds and limited-quantity offers. 

So typically, the only brick-and-mortar store I go to the day after Thanksgiving is a grocery store. Grocery stores are wonderfully empty right after Thanksgiving!

cat by window.

Every day, even Black Friday, is Commit Cat Crimes Day for Chiquita.

If you are braving the retail crowds, godspeed to you. 😉

But here in Frugal Girl world, it’s business as usual. We did Thankful Thursday on Thanksgiving, and today we’re doing WIS, WWA on Black Friday.

What I Spent

I spent:

  • $30 on a Hungry Harvest box
  • $34 at Safeway
  • $15 on fried chicken

So, $79 for me.

What We Ate

This was a week of some serious phoning-it-in at dinnertime. I kind of regretted that I hadn’t ordered another Dinnerly box for this week!


I made whole wheat blueberry pancakes because I had been craving them, but my morning had been too rushed to do something like pancakes.

buttermilk pancakes.

I love blueberry pancakes!


I had eaten a late lunch so I don’t think I even actually ate an official dinner. And Zoe picked up some dinner on the way home from work.


I had a free frozen pizza from Safeway sitting in my chest freezer, so that’s what we ate!


Butternut squash soup, plus grilled cheese sandwiches.

butternut squash soup.


We had cheese ravioli with tomato sauce and Parmesan, plus some fruit.

Ravioli in a white bowl.


Last year, we got fried chicken, which we ate with waffles (since no one here likes turkey!) So, we did that again this year, except I made honey-glazed pan rolls with cinnamon butter in place of the waffles.

cinnamon butter in white bowl.

At class last week, the professor asked what the best part of a Thanksgiving meal is, and my friend next to me was surprised that I said, “Rolls”.

the frugal girl honey glazed pan rolls

But I stand by that; if the rolls are fresh and homemade, there is nothing on a Thanksgiving table that I’d rather eat. 🙂

Rolls > turkey. PERIOD.

Potato rolls in a white oblong pan.


We’ve got leftovers, so that’s probably what we will eat tonight.

What did you have for dinner this week?

P.S. After I published this post, I saw that Amazon has a page of gift card offers for various brands. For example, you can buy a $50 Bath and Body Works gift card for $40. Obviously, you could give the gift card as a gift, but you could also use it as you buy Christmas gifts.

There are some restaurant options and quite a few retailers, including Apple.

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Monday 27th of November 2023

TEAM ROLLS! (my husband thinks I am crazy to really only care about the rolls given all the other food objects....I usually eat another roll for dessert, rather than a slice of pie)


Sunday 26th of November 2023

I agree with rolls being the best. I made a pan for our thanksgiving and it was the only thing that was wiped clean.

Linda Phillips

Saturday 25th of November 2023

I AM a fan of all components of the "Thanksgiving Dinner", For years I have made rolls using my Honey Wheat Bread recipe. This year I tried something new. I made your Winter Squash Rolls (using pumpkin). They were so good, soft, moist, delicious. I made 3 small foil pans that I could send home with my guests and 15 knot shaped rolls that we had for dinner. There were NO leftovers. I'll have to make another batch soon.


Saturday 25th of November 2023

Oh, I am so glad that you enjoyed the rolls! Aren't they a beautiful color?

Abby Falero

Saturday 25th of November 2023

I agree! Homemade rolls are just so much better than turkey!

Chris B

Friday 24th of November 2023

Monday-ate with family at a funeral (restaurant) Thursday - ate 21 lb turkey with same family at their home Friday- my husband and son went grocery shopping. Store was quite empty of customers on Black Friday. Can't remember meals. Think I made a pizza casserole.

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