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WIS, WWA | Exactly $100

What I Spent

I spent:

  • $10 at Safeway
  • $11 at Giant
  • $37 at Aldi
  • $42 on pho (!!!)

That works out to $100, which is kind of satisfying.

What We Ate


The girls and I had a pho night. 🙂


I made a pot of chili for us to eat after our cookie-decorating afternoon.

cut-out sugar cookie dough.


Leftover chili. 🙂

a bolw of chili.


I had my microbiology final in the morning, and then I spent the rest of the day studying for my chemistry final. I needed an easy meal to make, so we had chicken quesadillas.

chicken quesadillas in a pan.


I made a pot of broccoli noodle soup, with fruit salad on the side.


Leftover soup!


As I was typing this up, I realized that we have had soup almost every night this week. Tis the season, I guess. 😉

So maybe I will make something different for dinner tonight. Like…sandwiches. Ha.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Blue Gate Farmgirl

Saturday 17th of December 2022

Saturday - Super Nachos Sunday - Stir fry over rice noodles. Grapes for dessert. Monday - Grilled beef burgers. Baked fries. Tuesday - Hot & sour soup made from leftover stir fry. Excellent for clearing out sinuses! Wednesday - Elk Chicken fried steak, veggies Thursday - Venison paprikash, steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes Friday - Pizza and green salad

No shopping this week. The local grocery store sent out a 20% off coupon, so will use it next week.


Friday 16th of December 2022

WIS: 32.39 @Lidl. My opinion of Lidl is that it is like a more expensive, less good Aldi. I will only be going there for their loss leaders. Then this afternoon I went to Aldi and spent 108.02, so 140.41 this week. Not bad.


Fri: salad and chili casserole with blue corn chips on the side.

Sat: mini cucumbers, broiled potatoes, steak and brie wreath bread.

Sun: pepperoni and pineapple focaccia with more pineapple on the side.

Mon: salad, rotini pasta and Sunday gravy made with the wrong kind of tomatoes, so it was watery, but still tasty. Topped with shredded parmesan cheese.

Tue: meatball subs using leftover Sunday gravy, mozzarella cheese and homemade sandwich rolls, applesauce on the side.

Wed: nachos with leftover chili casserole, sour cream, fresh cilantro and salsa.

Thu: thaco Thursday: pork sausage and black beans, plus lots of veggie toppings (spinach, orange peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms), Colby jack cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

Tonight: Our water was scheduled to be off all day, so my husband decided not to do focaccia dough. I bought a take and bake cheese pizza at Aldi instead and we had spinach salad on the side.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Saturday 17th of December 2022

@Jody S.,

I know you're also in Maryland. If you have a Price Rite near you, they have butter on sale this week for 1.99/lb limit of 1 per customer and you need to clip the little coupon from their circular. You could go with a handful of your kids and each grab an ad at the front door and then each buy one pack of butter. Price Rite does not have any minimum purchase amounts to use their coupons.


Saturday 17th of December 2022

@Jody S., you do not need a cell phone or app to get Lidl discounts. Just go to their website and use your home number to make an account. You can just put your phone number in at the cash register. I don't have the app and I use my landline number. (Sorry, I didn't notice that was an 'app' sale.) Their sale methods irritate me, the app thing and the weekend sale plus sometimes their pricing. I only go for the limited loss leaders but I'm careful to put my phone number in every time because I've gotten burned before too!


Saturday 17th of December 2022

@Jody S.,

I feel ya! They should have less electronic options like letting you choose between the app or signing up for a rewards card. But, one of the reasons I love Aldi so much is that you don't need to sign up for anything to get the good prices. I'm a hard core Aldi fan girl for sure!

Jody S.

Saturday 17th of December 2022

@Becca, We went to Lidl yesterday for the butter, and I was so very disappointed because not only do I not have the necessary app, I don't even have a cell phone to put it on! I was also a little angry because that was why we went to Lidl in the first place.


Friday 16th of December 2022


I have most of the Aldi prices in my head (which is no small feat given all the changes lately) so I kept looking at things and thinking "I can buy the EXACT same thing for fifty cents cheaper at Aldi..."

I might buy salad greens there though because so far they seem to be lasting better than the Aldi ones and they were roughly the same price.

I do like that you don't have to spend a certain amount to get the loss leaders, but I was a little chagrined at the necessary app. I had never downloaded an app before and the sales clerk was very patient with me... patience was required...


Friday 16th of December 2022

I meant to say yesterday, congrats on finishing school! I hope you get to do lots of renewing activities during your break.

Soup here, too. Broccoli cheese soup for two nights. Mushroom soup for two nights. Mexican wedding soup for two nights. Tonight it is Filet of Fish for me and Firehouse subs with my found on a walk gift card for him.

I used to make too much soup by accidnet but I found that I liked cooking for two nights at once---so much less cleanup and less wondering what I have to make tonight. Now I seldom cook for just one night, almost always two. Neither one of us minds a repeat meal.


Friday 16th of December 2022

My daughter has a hard time drinking enough fluids, so she's asking for soup meals. "It's a fluid and a meal in one" she says. ;o)

Rebekah in SoCal

Friday 16th of December 2022

Last week we cooked a turkey and ate turkey sandwiches.

Since pork shoulder was on sale I bought 4 and made: 1 recipe of pulled pork 1 recipe of less spicy pulled pork (this will be set aside to bring to friends who need food delivered which is why it is less spicy). 1 recipe of sweet and spicy pork filling I wanted to turn the fourth into carnitas . . . but my body was really hurting after two full days of cooking and I put it into the freezer.

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