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What I Spent

Let’s see. Mr. FG has been wanting to try a BJ’s warehouse club membership, so when we got a $25/year offer in the mail, he took advantage of that.

So, $25 there.

BJs receipts

He spent $36 there, mostly on mouthwash and shampoo, but also on a few food items. I still haven’t gotten over to check it out, so I don’t have an opinion on how it compares to Costco just yet!

And my grocery shopping was a quick $16 stop for a few items.

So, that means we are continuing our ridiculously low grocery spending for January. Can we keep it up for one more week??

January Grocery Spending

Week 1: $101

Week 2: $59

Week 3: $138

Week 4: $77

What We Ate


(We budget $20/week, separate from our grocery budget, for a date night.)

Sonia and Zoe made flatbread pizzas for themselves, Lisey was at work, and Mr. FG and I got food from a local Italian place (gnocchi for me, pizza for him).


(Our day to do takeout from a locally owned place, since restaurants are suffering right now. This is a temporary extra expenditure, not coming from our grocery budget.)

This week, we got takeout from a local place that mostly sells seafood. But they do also have chicken, which is what Zoe ordered. 

I got a spicy shrimp and corn chowder, which was so good.


Sonia cooked! She made Swedish meatballs over noodles, which we ate with some fresh produce.

swedish meatballs


Zoe had been wanting fried chicken from Royal Farms, an east coast gas station chain (their chicken IS really good!) and I had enough gas points for a free bag of it.

So, I picked that up and made waffles, for a chicken and waffles meal. 

buttermilk waffles


I made a green salad to use up a bunch of random stuff: 

  • a partial bag of shrimp
  • a small package of chicken
  • various veggies

I hard-boiled some eggs to put on the salad as well.

Also, last time I made brioche rolls, I accidentally left the extra ones out overnight. Which made them quite dry.

So I cubed and froze them, and on Wednesday I used them to make a batch of homemade croutons to go with our main dish salad.


And, funnily enough, I made two loaves of fresh brioche to go with our salad. So it was sort of a double brioche night. 


I made hot turkey breast sandwiches with grapefruit and roasted carrots on the side.

(At first I wrote “roasted carrots and grapefruit” and I realized that sounded like I was roasting grapefruits. I do not, in fact, ever roast grapefruits.)


I plan to use some of the flatbreads (mentioned in this post) to make pizzas.

flatbread for pizzas

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Monday 25th of January 2021

Oh your post makes me miss Maryland! We moved from there in 2017. No BJs or RF in the deep south! Don't forget BJs takes manufacturer's coupons!


Monday 25th of January 2021

Wait, how far south are you?

Wikipedia says there are BJs stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan.

So it looks like as long as you hug the coast, you can find a BJs all up and down the east side of the U.S.!

But maybe you are inland in the south.


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

I love menus!

Saturday - Dungeness crab cakes since dear friends dropped off 3 crabs for my husbands birthday gift. We will freeze some of the crab meat and I’m going to attempt making crab stock for future use.

Sunday - enchiladas con carne

Monday - Herbed white bean and sausage stew

Tuesday - Broccoli cheddar soup

Wednesday - Husband’s Birthday Dinner - prime rib, hasselback potatoes and Caesar salad

Thursday - smoky lentil stew

Friday - homemade pizza and a movie


Sunday 24th of January 2021

Oooh, I love crab cakes. It's been a while since I've had one.

What lentils do you use for the stew? Do you have a recipe link? I have a bag of black lentils here from a meal kit I got last year, and I never used them. I'm trying to figure out what I want to do with them!


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

We caught a sale on wonderful rolls at the supermarket, so there are lots of sandwiches in this week's meals:

Saturday -Philly cheese steak ( using fresh shaved sirloin) sandwiches with cheese peppers and onions. Garlic brussels sprouts, corn and peas. Sunday - Dressed up albacore tuna subs with chips. Monday - Shepherds pie Tuesday - Roast chicken, rice and green beans. Wednesday - Leftovers. Thursday - Hot chicken sandwiches with beans and cranberry sauce. Friday - Pulled pork sandwiches with mac and potato salads.


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Kristen, we have a Costo membership just for my husband's hearing aids and their batteries. We saved thousands on the aids, the audiology service is wonderful, and the batteries are far cheaper there.

But we don't shop there because the store is always very crowded and our family is small.

Years ago, we had a Sam's Club membership that basically paid for itself every year in the savings on dog food, cat food, cat litter and detergent, but that was back when we had robustly healthy dogs who did not require special diets.


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Saturday-meatloaf, mac & cheese, butter beans Sunday-mac&cheese, green peas, fruit salad Monday-meatloaf, fries, butter beans, corn Tuesday-beefy fried rice, ciabatta bread, fruit salad Wednesday-last of the mac & cheese, peas, applesauce Thursday-spaghetti, salad, bread Friday-spaghetti, kale salad, bread

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