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WIS, WWA | I did not blow my budget at Costco. (!)

What I Spent

I made it out to Costco, where I spent $45. Then I spent $73 at Aldi plus one other regular grocery store, and $16 at the produce stand.

grilled flank steak

So, amazingly enough, I went to Costco and did not have an over-budget week.


I’m at $134 for the week. 

August Spending

Week 1: $184

Week 2: $134

What We Ate


I made chicken and biscuits again, with a few tweaks. I shared the recipe yesterday, in case you missed it.

chicken and biscuits

We had broccoli with our chicken and biscuits.


Mr. FG grilled a marinated flank steak (topped with unpictured chimichurri sauce)

grilled flank steak

He also grilled peaches (topped with cinnamon butter). 

Bobby Flay grilled peaches

I contributed potato wedges, corn on the cob, and watermelon slices.

potato wedges


I cleaned out my kitchen freezer and found some bacon. I also happened to have some tomatoes from my parents’ garden, so…BLTs were the very obvious choice.

grilled BLT sandwich

We had some fresh fruit with our sandwiches, along with some veggie chips.


I made shrimp fried rice, and as we so often do in the summer, we had watermelon on the side.

shrimp fried rice


I tried a Cook’s Illustrated recipe for piadine, an Italian flatbread (from the latest issue).

piadine from Cook's Illustrated

They gave a few filling suggestions to choose from, so I set out prosciutto, salami, lettuce, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, mayo, and also some bacon.

piadine from Cook's Illustrated

We thought these were good, and I’ll make them again. They make a great hot weather dinner!


I tried a recipe from the latest Cook’s Illustrated magazine for rice wraps, filled with rice vermicelli, pork, shrimp, and lettuce.

shrimp rice wraps

We liked them, but we’ll definitely use less mint next time. It was a little overpowering!


Yesterday was our anniversary (#22 this year!), but tonight we have reservations for a celebratory dinner at our favorite restaurant, with our favorite waiter.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Molly F. C.

Saturday 17th of August 2019

I'm late to the party. Happy Anniversary!!!


Saturday 17th of August 2019

If you enjoyed grilled peaches, one of my all-time favorite grilled items is bananas. Cut them length-wise, grill, then sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Mmmmm!


Saturday 17th of August 2019

I found bacon in my freezer this week, too! It was just a little half package, and I thought it was Friday night so offered to make it for breakfast “tomorrow.” Well, during the week my husband leaves for work before the kids and I eat breakfast. My older daughter and I are vegetarians, and so my little one had all the bacon to herself. She was in heaven.

Friday: grilled chicken and veggie burgers, tomato and cuke salad with basil, grilled zucchine, pickled green beans

Thursday: black beans with onions and chard, rice, cheese

Wednesday: pizza night, leftover sauteed squash for me, salad for the kids

Tuesday: saucy tofu, sauteed squash, rice, pickles

Monday: homemade baguette, goat cheese, tomatoes, olives, kale


Friday 16th of August 2019

Happy Anniversary!

I'm so impressed with your $45 trip to Costco! My last trip was over $200. There was one item on sale that I stocked up on and several other things that I had run out of at the same time. (My grocery budget can really ebb and flow weekly)

Anywho... what we ate: (I'm on an elimination/aip type diet, so my meals look different than my families sometimes)

Monday - Tacos (mine was more of a salad without some items)

Tuesday - Ground venison, rice and steamed beans from our garden. (I had fried cabbage instead of rice)

Wednesday - Venison steak, millet, salad and green beans.

Thursday- chicken stir-fry (mine was without rice)

Friday - Venison tenderloin with rice, steamed broccoli and cauliflower and a salad with lettuce, beers, carrots and a maple vinaigrette. Yum.

Eileen Henderson

Friday 16th of August 2019

Happy Anniversary! What’s your favorite restaurant?!


Saturday 17th of August 2019

It's a local restaurant on the water that mainly serves seafood. It's more expensive than what we usually pay for a dinner out, but it's a good special occasion place! And they do offer a free appetizer and dessert on our anniversary, so there's that. :)

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