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WIS, WWA | makin’ up for last week

What I Spent

Well, it was a pretty quiet week on the grocery front!

  • $21 at BJS
  • $30 at Harris Teeter
  • $5 at Giant
  • $16 on chicken and waffle sandwiches

So, that adds up to $72.

December Food Spending

Week 1: $266 (!!!)

Week 2: $72

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I did a Five Guys date night, where we did our usual thing:

I ordered a burger with eleventy-twelve toppings, and he ordered a burger with one topping.

a Five Guys receipt.

It’s a very, very good thing we do not have to share a burger because neither of us would be happy!

Because we are the ultimate in fanciness, we walked over to Dollar General after our burgers and we each got a candy bar.

(Actually, that’s one of the tips in my post about how to have a cheap date night: skip the restaurant dessert and go buy chocolate at a drugstore. Or, you know, Dollar General.)


Usually, Mr. FG cooks on Sunday nights, but he was at his sister’s delivering an early Christmas gift and he didn’t get back until dinnertime.

So, we got chicken and waffle sandwiches from a local spot for $16.


I pressed the easy button; grilled chicken sausages in buns, plus potato chips and fresh fruit on the side.

bratwurst on grill

This is not a current picture; there are no green leaves in view of my grill anymore!

By the way, if you buy the cheap $0.99 buns (like I did!), you can give them a serious upgrade by lightly buttering the cut sides and then toasting them, cut side down, in a skillet. It only takes a minute or two, and it makes the whole gustatory experience way better.

10/10, would recommend.


Zoe got a cold and requested chicken noodle soup for dinner. Easy enough for me! I made grilled cheese sandwiches as well.


I got a request from Sonia for chicken katsu (a dish she swears she could eat every week for the rest of her life!), so that’s what I made.

Chicken katsu on rice, on a white plate.

I use the recipe from Dinner Illustrated for this dish.


I made a pot of zuppa toscana and a loaf of this French bread.

Two loaves of homemade French bread in a basket.


I think I will make pizza, but I’m not sure if I will go with regular pizza or French bread pizza. I made two loaves of French bread last night, so I could use the second one for easy pizzas.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Saturday 11th of December 2021

My daughter wholeheartedly agrees with Sonia re chicken katsu!


Friday 10th of December 2021

If I threw away bread I'd have none for croutons! Also I love "gustatory"! I've been on a freezer clean out mission. Last night we had...pasta with turkey Italian sausage (from the freezer) and a sauce with roasted tomatoes (from the freezer). Also French bread I made earlier in the week.

Wednesday night we had Thanksgiving leftovers (from the freezer) and roasted Brussels sprouts.

Tuesday night we had red beans and rice leftovers with salad and french bread.

Monday night we had turkey burgers (from the freezer) and roasted potatoes, slaw

Sunday we had red beans and rice and french bread.

Tonight we're having "freezer fish" tacos with a mix of beans and rice from the freezer! We are making great progress!


Friday 10th of December 2021

Grilled jalapenos -- you go!

I lost track of how much I spent but trying to keep it down, especially this time of year. Saturday -- I was under the weather so Arby's sounded great. We used coupons and it came to $13 for the two of us. Sunday -- nuked the chicken breast and served with big salad Monday - Salmon with sweet chili sauce, roasted carrots, potatoes, red peppers, onions and last of the aging mushrooms, plus green salad. Used up a lot of stuff. Tuesday -- Leftover salmon --plain for me; in sandwich for husband; and salad for all. Wednesday -- Rotisserie chicken deal (marked down plus free jar of Marzetti dressing), big salad. Thursday -- Chicken quesadillas, using last of the rotisserie chicken and pepper jack cheese with big salad.

Quick note : Was reluctant to try the frozen wild caught salmon but it was on sale and very tasty -- absolutely NO FISH SMELL. The texture was a bit mushy but it may be how I cooked it? Anyway, I would recommend it!

And tonight, some kind of easy treat -- Happy Friday to all!


Friday 10th of December 2021

Oh my, am I out of touch. $4.39 for "Little Fries"? Oh, my goodness!


Friday 10th of December 2021

Well, in Five Guys' defense, their "little fry" is not at all little. Mr. FG and I share them and they're often too many for the two of us to finish!

GOLD Colleen

Friday 10th of December 2021

Heavy on beef this week for us. Made a hash of ground beef,potatoes,onions peppers onions &no salt spices. Made a ton so we had it in tacos 1nite &burritos another with salad or fruit. A meatloaf, leftovers again . Chicken breast tonight, going German I think after heading about it

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