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WIS, WWA | first one for 2023!

What I Spent

I spent:

  • $70 at Safeway
  • $25 on a Hungry Harvest box

So, $95 to start out 2023!

I know I need to do a large-ish grocery shopping trip soon, so I’m guessing next week’s gonna be more than $95.

What We Ate


We were all in various places for New Year’s Eve; Zoe was with friends at a sleepover, I was puppy-sitting, and Lisey was at a New Year’s gathering.

Kristen with a dog


I had a quesadilla for dinner and Lisey had some leftovers.


BLTs, because it was unseasonably warm out!

BLT and broccoli on a white plate.


Sonia came over before our yoga class, and she and I ate mashed potatoes with fried eggs for dinner.

mashed potatoes with fried eggs.


Zoe came back from her dog-sitting job!

I made a pot of clam chowder, and on the side, we had toasted cheese bread and some raw veggies and fruit.

clam chowder

That picture is from when I had posted the recipe originally…and here’s a real-life, after dark photo of the soup from this week. 😉

clam chowder in a pot.

Want to know something dumb I did? I finished the soup, served it up at the table, and then realized: I hadn’t added the clams.


Lisey said, “Well, I guess it’s just potato soup right now.” Heh.

I did add the clams once I realized my mistake.

Doubly embarrassing: this is definitely not the first time I’ve made this exact same mistake.


I made a sort of southwestern green salad, using these chipotle chicken kebabs. I made the sauce that goes with the kebabs and used it as a dressing.

chicken salad.

On the side, we had clementines and some toasted cheese bread.


I think we might do our weekly takeout night tonight, but that’ll depend on whether Lisey and Zoe are both going to be here.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Monday 9th of January 2023

Homemade pizza, homemade falafel, eggs and potatoes, chicken and rice, pasta and cheese.and one night date night at home way after the kids went to bed burgers and fries for just the two of us . We always have Friday night dinners together we try to have at least one other

Rachel R.

Sunday 8th of January 2023

My mom gifted me a little planner at Christmas. I think she intended it for homeschool, but I’m going to use for meal planning. So now I can actually remember what we ate:)

Monday- eggs & pancakes Tuesday- chicken tacos + cilantro lime rice+ homemade salsa Wednesday- random night: my husband ate at work; the girls and I had roasted broccoli & mashed potatoes & beans from taco night Thursday-pizza Friday-chicken noodle soup with lots of veggies Saturday-gf baked ziti & peas Sunday-soup & pasta leftovers

Now I need to put some planning into next week:)

Blue Gate Farmgirl

Saturday 7th of January 2023

WIS: $52 @ Costco, 36 @ Restaurant Supply, $14 @ Winco & $18 @ Grocery Outlet Eating out of the garden/greenhouse: romaine, broccoli, chard, cabbage, beets & spinach. Freezers full of beef, pork, fish and larder full of home canned everything. WWA: New Years Day - appetizers and dessert buffet Monday - tacos and fried ice cream Tuesday - taco salad, peach cobbler for 2 Wednesday - Rotisserie chicken, green salad & roasted broccoli Thursday - Chicken alfredo, green salad, fruit salad Friday - grilled steak, salad and winter squash Saturday - squash and potato gnocchi, freezer marinara, green salad

Lisa Smith

Friday 6th of January 2023

I'm amazed you eat simple but spend so much.


Saturday 7th of January 2023


Kristen, I think this comment is out of touch with reality. Maybe it's made by someone who doesn't normally grocery shop or perhaps lives in a less expensive area? I think you are fairly local to me and you regularly spend way less than me. I'm hyper conscious of grocery spending, and I think you spend very little. Granted, I am shopping for 5 people, but even when you do take out, you spend less than me. We eat almost everything at home and I think our meals are fairly simple too, but ingredients just add up. I almost always buy our meat at half price, but the biggest budget busters for us are dairy and produce. I'm not willing to restrict our fruit and vegetable consumption though, so sometimes I just say "oh well, food costs what it costs."


Saturday 7th of January 2023

I'm a little surprised that you consider $95 to be a lot for 3 people for a week's worth of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, plus toiletries and cleaning supplies.

If you routinely spend less than that, that's awesome! And maybe you should start a blog. :)


Friday 6th of January 2023

What I spent---I had to look up on my spreadsheet: $10 eggs from local farmer, sadly though price went up so only got 2 dozen instead of 3 for same price.

What we ate- We ate mostly free for all except I dad actually cook whole meal one night. My teen ate A Lot of Eggs--- 3 dozen, 4 boxes cereal, through the week. Spaghetti with garlic meat (no sauce because I'm allergic & teen did not want) with mozzarella & homemade garlic breadstick/crescent style. Chocolate chip cookies Apple pie put into lunch box containers Chicken Corn chowder soup with grilled cheese sandwich

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