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What I Spent

Bumblebee on a flower.

I’m still kind of adjusting to the current prices at the stores since I was mostly on a grocery shopping hiatus while I lived with my parents. This is some kind of sticker shock to come back to!

I am particularly surprised at how expensive meat is, and that’s true even for normally cheap varieties like chicken thighs.

This week, I spent:

  • $41 at Lidl
  • $6.50 at Safeway
  • $60 at Target
  • $19 on fast food (see Saturday’s dinner)

So $126.50 for me this week.

What We Ate


Lisey and Zoe and I all needed to go to Target for a few things. I particularly needed some new shorts, but I struck out completely. For whatever reason, all of Target’s shorts this year were super tight on my waist but enormous on my legs.


I think they designed them with Kim Kardashian in mind. And I’m not built like her either in the waist OR in the hips.

I hate shopping for shorts. I would literally rather shop for a swimsuit!

Anyway…I wasn’t hungry while we were out, but the girls were so I picked them up some fast food before we hit Target. And then after our Target trip, we used some Coldstone Creamery gift cards to get some free ice cream. 🙂


This is the night I made the Thai red curry chicken with sweet potatoes.


We had burrito bowls, which cover the starch, protein, and veggie categories all in one.

Burrito bowl topped with cilantro.


I did serve some fruit on the side, though.


Leftover burrito bowls!


I made burgers and I used some purple potatoes from Hungry Harvest to make some potato cubes.

Normal potato cubes look like this:

homemade potato cubes

And purple potato cubes look like bits of charcoal.

purple potato cubes.

Zoe came to the table and was rather shocked until I explained the situation. Ha.

If you close your eyes and eat them, though, they do taste just like regular potatoes. Still, the visual situation is so weird that I don’t think I’d ever purposely buy purple potatoes!


Sonia came over for dinner because I was making chicken katsu, her favorite dish. This meant there were four of us at dinner, so I pulled my desk chair up to the table (we currently only have three dining chairs), and all was well.

Chicken katsu on rice, on a white plate.


We might eat up some odds and ends in the fridge

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Monday 4th of July 2022

With prices constantly rising, I would find it very interesting to read a blog post with your thoughts on that. Do you look at the big ticket items only or do you think one should cook more vegetarian meals now?


Monday 4th of July 2022

I did write a few posts about saving money on groceries during inflation; maybe I should reshare those!

Here's one:

And here's the other:


Sunday 19th of June 2022

I agree on the clothes for this season. Having had a gastric sleeve surgery and losing tons of weight I can't find anything that I like. The dresses with the tiers are ridiculous for a 61 yr old to wear! Lived through that phase already!

Dh spent about $90 last week as it was mostly fill in the blanks food and we already had the protein the in freezer. I usually eat way different than hubs and daughter as I can't eat most things or much of most things. So they had: Chicken thighs Salmon Shrimp cocktail with salad Hamburgers I can't eat beef anymore as it grosses me out And I can't remember what else. Last night (Saturday) hubby made a pizza. He got already made pizza dough from the grocery store, pizza sauce - store brand - and fresh mozzarella. The pizza was FANTASTIC! No more pizzaria pizza for me or even Pizza Hut. It cost about $7.00 to make - maybe $8 cause dh put pepperoni on his side. I had a skinny slice and it was sooo good.

Natalie J

Sunday 19th of June 2022

Sun: Chicken strips and cut veggies, all served with ranch Mon: Pasta salad. I'm trying to recreate one of our favorites from a local restaurant, but the recipe still needs a few tweaks Tue: Hamburgers on the grill Wed: Cold soba noodles with peanut sauce Thur: Leftovers Friday: Cookout at a friend's house Saturday: Miso Salmon Taco Bowl, from a library cookbook. Super tasty!


Sunday 19th of June 2022

I have been hating the shorts options this year, too. I finally found some I liked with lots of color and length options (I prefer the 5" inseam) at J Crew Factory Outlet. They've been great so far! Good luck!

kristin @ going country

Sunday 19th of June 2022

For the first time in many years (six, I think?), I did not post my own Friday food on Friday (I made it on Saturday, though!), nor did I comment here because we were traveling. But! That traveling meant that my children got to go to Coldstone Creamery for the first time in their lives, and they thought it was the greatest thing ever.

Also, I went to the grocery store near my brother's house in a Phoenix suburb to pick up food for our two-day drive home, and spent $77 on produce (baby carrots, mini cucumbers, grapes), two packages of deli meat and one of sliced cheese, two packages of cheddar cubes, one container of brownie bites, and two rotisserie chickens. $77! For a day and half of food! I mean, it was convenience food for the car and camping I would never normally buy, but still. That's crazy. I'm gonna sit home now for the rest of the summer and eat from my garden and freezers full of beef while I recover from the shock of how much things cost in the Outside World.


Monday 20th of June 2022

Whoa, I can see why you have sticker shock over that!

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