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WIS, WWA | It’s too early to tell…

It’s a little too early to tell, but it is kind of seeming like going from a household of 5 to a household of 4 is making my grocery budget feel rather generous. Read on!

What I Spent

It was another one of those weeks where we just made a few small stops and mostly ate from the pantry/freezer.

We spent $71 at the grocery store and $30 on Sunday night takeout.

So, $101 total.

September Spending

Week 1: $133

Week 2: $101

The last two weeks, we’ve been under the usual $150/week, despite the fact that we got fast food in week one and we spent $30 on takeout in week two.

Hmm. It will be interesting to see if this spending pattern holds up.

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I went back to the sandwich shop we’ve been addicted to lately; we haven’t tried all of their sandwiches yet, so there’s still work to be done. 😉

A cubano sandwich with chips.

I tried the Cubano this week; good, but I thought it could use more of some type of sauce or spread. Which is probably not an authentic thought, but I like my sandwiches to be dripping with sauce. 😉

Good thing about sandwiches for a date night: totally easy to stay within our $20 budget!


I did not have a menu plan in place and I did not feel like cooking, so we got some Chinese takeout.


A house in the woods.

We went up to see my aunt and uncle and Lisey; we had burgers and brats there and I brought a Texas sheet cake.

A Texas sheet cake.

I don’t make cakes all that often, so even though a Texas sheet cake is arguably easier to bake than yeast bread, I always feel far more confident bringing yeast bread to a gathering.


I had a meeting at 6:00 pm so I needed something pretty quick to make and I opted for BLTs with raw produce on the side.


Sonia was at work at dinnertime. In such situations, I always think, “Hmm, what cheese-filled thing could I make for dinner while she is not here?”

I had some uncooked bacon left from the package I opened to make the BLTs, so Mr. FG and Zoe and I enjoyed cheese, mushroom, and bacon quesadillas, plus chips, guacamole, and salsa. And we had some raw produce on the side.

two quesadillas

As for Sonia, she had some late-night French toast when she got home from work.


I made a taco salad topped with crushed Doritos. Surprisingly, I found one last container of 2020 applesauce in the freezer, so I thawed that and we ate it with our taco salads.

jars of applesauce


I have some boneless skinless chicken thighs in the fridge so I think I might make bourbon chicken over rice tonight.

Cook's Country bourbon chicken in a skillet.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Sunday 12th of September 2021

I'm with you Kristen - no such thing as too much sauce ;)

Hawaii Planner

Saturday 11th of September 2021

I made a big batch of chicken curry with rice, so we had that multiple times this week, along with salmon & grilled "In & Out" style burgers. I made a garden pasta salad, and used up a ton of produce (basil, banana peppers, zucchini, shishito peppers, cherry tomatoes, etc). I also used the last of a jar of sweet & spicy pickles as part of the dressing, which was a great add on.

We finished off the last of the curry last night (it also made enough for a few freezer servings). I love it when I can cook once at we have several meals. We've got a lot of soccer driving during the week days, so it's super helpful.


Saturday 11th of September 2021

can you share the recipe for Bourbon Chicken? Sounds great.

Millicent Borges Accardi

Saturday 11th of September 2021

Question: Are you experiencing lower bills (utilities, gas, food, etc.) with two kids out of the nest? And a third working? I would guess that feeding, clothing and caring for four would be cheaper than six. Is that true? Or is college/trade school adding additional expenses? Just wondering how things are different now than when your children were small. Like what new accommodations, budgeting concerns are you facing as your lives evolve?


Saturday 11th of September 2021

Utilities; really hard to say! I mean, heating and cooling the house costs the same; only savings really would be from fewer showers, I guess.

Gas: our older two were paying for their own gas by the time they moved out, so no change once they moved out!

Clothing: same story as with gas.

Food: I do think I am starting to see a lower grocery bill now that it's four of us.

MB in MN

Friday 10th of September 2021

- Chopped salad (great way to use up bits and bobs of veggies) - Bang-bang cauliflower - Vegetarian reuben sandwiches - Wild rice pancakes - Pea risotto - Granola, blueberries and raspberries - Casserole medley (great way to use up assortment of noodles, legumes, veggies, sauce, cheese, etc.)

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