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What I Spent

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It’s been such a weird week as far as dinners go; Zoe was here a lot less than usual, and I ate out several times to use birthday coupons.

The result is that my spending is unnaturally low!

  • $5 for my Tuesday meal
  • $6.80 for my Wednesday meal
  • $7 at Safeway

So, I’ve spent $18.80 on food this week.

Expect a higher bill next week!

What We Ate


I got back from my trip with Sonia, and Zoe was out with a friend. So, I ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread. 😉


Just me here again for dinner so I made a grilled cheese sandwich.


Zoe was here for dinner, and I boiled some tortellini, topped it with tomato sauce and Parmesan, and stirred some heavy cream into mine.

(I like pink sauce but Zoe doesn’t!)

We had some fresh produce on the side.


Zoe was not here at dinnertime and I don’t remember why! I remembered that I had some more birthday coupons that expire at the end of June, though, so I went out and used one.

I got a shrimp salad sandwich on a croissant, and I read my CPR manual while I ate. 🙂

croissant sandwich and fries.

My meal was free, but I left a tip for 30% of the value of the meal.


Zoe got a sandwich with a friend, and lucky me, I had another birthday coupon to use, this one for takeout at an Italian restaurant.

birthday coupon.

I got two soups: cream of crab, and pasta fagiole. I was delighted to discover that the soups came with some really good crusty focaccia bread and some herbed dipping oil. SWEET.

I ate the crab soup that night, and I have the pasta soup in my fridge still. 🙂


I hung out with my sister-in-law (the treasure house one!) and we made a big salad with greens, shrimp, strawberries, goat cheese, and pecans, with a mustard vinaigrette. So good.

shrimp salad in a big bowl.


I might make something easy for Zoe and then I can eat my other takeout soup. 🙂

I think this is the actual, factual end of my birthday freebies for the year; I’ll have to wait until next April to start living large again!

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Monday 19th of June 2023

Love your free birthday meals! I am sorry if I missed it, and if I did can you link me to it, but I'd love your list of all the places that offer free items. Thank you so much!


Saturday 17th of June 2023

I'm a day late ... but this was one of "those" weeks again where I shop for 80-ish percent of our food for the foreseeable future, in this case until school starts in seven weeks ... so WIS was 648.64 plus a little for the two stops for milk and eggs and bananas (and that sort of thing) that were not on the big day. If you do the weekly division, it's not so bad, but all at one shot it's a bit amazing.


Friday 16th of June 2023

I spent more than normal, but we had a birthday celebration at our house. This week we ate slow cooker BBQ pork ribs, lemon orzo chicken, hot dogs (per birthday request), and lots of leftovers. I made 6 pounds of pork ribs, so there were many varieties of leftovers. We had ice cream sundaes for the birthday treat. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies on the side for each meal. I am currently making banana chocolate chip pancakes for dinner. Decadent, but we were up at 5 with basement flooding from rain (and I spent most of the day with clean up) so I feel like it's deserved.


Friday 16th of June 2023

WIS: $135, which was all people food except for the half gallon jug of white vinegar we use in the laundry. It was a bit high due to buying an on-sale tub of protein shake mix, which was $20 by itself. Also stocked up on eggs. WWA: It has been hot this week, so we had green salads, fruit salads, nuts, cheese, protein shakes, rye crackers with peanut butter, ham sandwiches, and mini ice cream sandwiches.

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Friday 16th of June 2023

One teen was out of town this week, and the other teen was out with friends several nights, so it was a pretty casual week.

We had: -Kebabs from the freezer + a meal delivery (freezer) dinner for myself x2 -Barbecued chicken & coleslaw x2 -we went out to eat at a casual Mexican place one evening, & I had soup. I was not impressed overall, & I don't think we'll be back -We went out to eat for my husband's birthday last night. We split brussel sprouts with bacon & a salad, and then the 17 y.o, & I shared two different kinds of burgers (brought one home) & my husband had steak

As for tonight, we're flying to my parents house for my nephew's graduation. I think my husband & I will cobble something together at the airport lounge (passes are free with my credit card) & we'll likely buy something for the 17 y.o.

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