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WIS, WWA | First one for July!

Time for a new month and a new grocery budget.

And now it’s officially the second half of the year. The first half of 2020 was so crazy that I wonder what the second half will bring.

What I Spent

I got a $25 Hungry Harvest box, and I spent $115 at the grocery store.

two big bunches of radishes

What We Ate


I made grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for the girls, and then Mr. FG and I did our takeout date night.

We got Panera, and I redeemed some Fetch rewards points for a Panera gift card to reduce the cost of our meal.

I also got a $2 drink discount in the app, so I added a a drink to our order and it only cost me $0.19!

Panera takeout

(Fetch Rewards gives you points for scanning grocery receipts. It’s mostly rewarding if you buy brand names, but you can get a quick $3 when you first install the app.)

*Use code QG8V2 to receive an extra 2,000 points

(note: at the time of writing, 1,000 points = $1, so that’s $2)


I made a chopped salad with turkey breast, bacon, cheese, cucumbers, and lettuce, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette.

chopped salad

And I made a loaf of garlic pull-apart bread to eat with the salad.


I made shrimp and grits and I cut up some raw produce for us to eat on the side.

(That’s not my recipe link; if you make the recipe, change the 2 tablespoons salt to 2 teaspoons. I think it’s a typo!)

shrimp and grits

I’d made a few extra burgers last time I grilled, and I froze them. Since Zoe is allergic to shrimp, I cooked two of the frozen burgers for her.


We had chicken croissant sandwiches + watermelon.

croissant sandwiches

Three things that make these sandwiches really good:

1) I did this brinerade for the chicken.

2) I made this red pepper/basil mayo.

3) I buttered the croissants and toasted them in a skillet.


I got a LOT of radishes in my Hungry Harvest box, so I decided to make the chicken taco recipe that calls for a radish/cilantro/lime topping.

chicken tacos

We had watermelon with our tacos.


I cooked some local breakfast sausage and made waffles, topped with whipped cream and berries.

waffles with berries and whipped cream


I really am not sure yet. But since the high is in the mid-90s today, I can tell you that

a) it won’t be pizza


b) it won’t be me grilling, because that is too hot to stand by a grill in the sunshine.

What did you eat for dinner this week?

P.S. Grove has their private label hand sanitizer back in stock; it’s the blood orange scent that we love. I just got two bottles, so we are good to go for a while now.

If you are new to Grove, click on this link first to get a free Mrs. Meyer’s set, and then you can add the hand sanitizer to your cart.

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Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Spent zero. I've been hitting the grocery store once every three weeks since COVID hit. If we run out of something, we're out till the next trip.

Saturday: refried bean enchiladas Sunday: stuffed shells Monday: scrambled eggs, homefries and fried green tomatoes fresh from the garden Tuesday: vegetable and chicken lo mein bowls Wednesday: leftovers Thursday: pb&j sandwiches, fresh pineapple Friday: more leftovers


Wednesday 8th of July 2020

I use ReceiptPal. I don't have to purchase a specific item from a specific store. All receipts, as long as store name and address are included, can be uploaded and points used for Ecards, etc. Much better for me as I don't purchase the main stream items on most apps.


Tuesday 7th of July 2020

I clicked your link and signed up for Grove. I'm on my last month of my annual Mighty Fix subscription and I think I'm going to cancel. I have enjoyed Mighty Fix but I now have a pretty well stocked kitchen. Grove seems to have some useful products (including the blood orange sanitizer which I ordered two bottles of). I appreciate your subscription suggestions, Kristen.


Tuesday 7th of July 2020

So much hand sanitizer smells terrible; this stuff legitimately smells good without being overpowering. I hope you like it!


Monday 6th of July 2020

Saturday- a friend was out of town, and said we could use the pool, so that is what we did. Came home and did take out. Ordered from a local pizza place, dh and I shared a cheese steak, and calzone, Ds chicken parm sandwich, cant remember what my daughter had.

Sunday, hotdogs, tater tots. (it was HOT!)

Monday- chicken alfredo. ds had pasta with red sauce since he doesn't like alfredo.

Tuesday- Kielbasa on the grill, pasta salad, veggie.

Wednesday- ordered in Chinese. (month end for work)

Thursday- chicken cutlet, left over pasta salad, veggie.


Sunday 5th of July 2020

We switched around dinner and lunch because our eldest needed to work evening shifts. For cooked meals we had beef stew with steamed new potatoes and french beans minestrone from home made stock - bit hit, requests to make this more often fish burgers, salad and garden peas chicken wings with rice and veg leftovers with some fresh vegetables takeout, on account of a birthday. Leftovers were frozen.

I intend to cook (salt water) fish a little more often than I used to, because I discovered I do not eat many foods with iodium except for eggs. I could also eat kelp ofcourse, but if possible I try to get my vitamins and minerals from my meals (I do take additional Vitamine D, as advised by my GP)

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