Monday, November 14, 2011

November Food Spending Week 2, Meal Plan Week 3

Last week's meal plan is in the books.  Here is what actually happened....

SUNDAY--Pork Chops, Cabbage, Sweet Potato Fries
MONDAY--Cheeseburgers, Green Beans
TUESDAY--Chicken Quesadillas, Corn
WEDNESDAY--Chinese Take-Out
THURSDAY--Lasagna, Salad *Lasagna is in the freezer leftover from previous meal
FRIDAY--Leftovers(I finished up my Crab Soup, Hubs had his Chinese.)
SATURDAY--Light Lunch out w/Hubs(salad) and Scrounging for Dinner(I had a can of Beefaroni)

Basically the meal plan was adhered to except for the Salmon, which was moved to this week's menu.
I come into this week with leftover grilled chicken from Tuesday's dinner.  I used it in this Sunday's dinner.

See my previous posts with my food shopping for last week.  Besides what I posted about I also hit another ShurSave store(one that takes IPQs)and finished off the spending needed to get my gift certificate reward.  I bought pie crusts, cranberry sauce(used IPQs), 7-Up, chips, baking cups, cookies(used ManuQ) and 2 big bags of dog chow(used IPQs)and spent $36.01.  6 of these items also counted toward the store making a $5 donation to the Wounded Warriors Project in my name.  That's a win/win as far as I'm concerned. 8-)
Total for all the food shopping last week came to $65.66.

My savings percentage was 75.10% last week, as the reg. retail was $263.69 on the groceries I brought home.  That $42 on the gift card went a long way toward lowering my OOP for the week.
My running total spent for the month is now at $122.45, which puts me right on target to stay within my $250 monthly food budget. 

This week's menu.....

SUNDAY--Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
MONDAY--Spaghetti & Meatballs
TUESDAY--Teriyaki Salmon w/ Veggie Fried Rice
WEDNESDAY--Kielbasa, Potato Salad, Cabbage
THURSDAY--Squash Casserole & Leftovers
FRIDAY--Breakfast for Dinner

Items needed for this menu.....Cabbage, Squash, Eggs and the weekly ubiquitous milk purchase. 
If I find anything to stock up on for cheap this week I have about $60 to play with this week plus $25 in free money from a Catalina Q and 2 Store Rewards.

How about you? 
Do you have your Turkey Day menu set yet?
I am having trouble finalizing mine.  I am having 7 over for the meal but Daughter's BF is a picky eater I am told, #2 son is sort of picky, the Nephew is very picky and Daughter is probably on a diet after eating at the college dining hall for the last 2+ months.  She tells me they put laxatives in all the food because there is no fiber or vegetable matter and it's all highly processed junk so they have to, to keep everyone from being constipated and wreaking havoc on the schools plumbing.
I have a turkey and I'll do stuffing.  I might fore go mashed potatoes and do baked sweet potatoes instead.  Rutabagas are a definite seasonal thing I fix at the Holidays and I'll make corn for the picky BF(because it's the only veg he'll eat).  I'll probably make a green veggie too, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie.  I will just do a crudit√© plate(raw veggies and dip)beforehand.

So what's on your menu for next Thursday?



  1. Sluggy, I don't have a clue. All I do is show up and assume that food will be there. I know, isn't that awful of me?
    But don't feel bad for Fred, I'll be in the kitchen the rest of the day washing dishes.

  2. I am just now thinking about Thanksgiving. We will be having a total of 9 people, and friends are bringing two sides -- carrot casserole, green bean casserole. I've purchased the stuffing and the cranberry sauce. I'm still trying to decide on the turkey (if I should go organic) and I'll need to pick up rolls, sweet potatoes and reg. potatoes. Also, dessert needs to fit in there somewhere....Hmmmmmm....I'll figure something out. Sounds like we are having very similar menus!

  3. I have been collecting for a few weeks for our Thanksgiving meal. We just do the normal turkey and stuffing. It is so much easier now that the kids are older and can help cook. It also helps that Den likes to cook too. I just get the clean up.
    My question is how many times do you run your dishwasher the day before and the day of?

  4. We're providing the deep fried turkey for our family gathering at my dad's house. All the other dishes are being provided by other family members. Easy peasy!

  5. Mark--You are certainly holding up your end of things w/the dish clean up. Enjoy!

    Sharon--I wish someone would help me cook or bring dishes to share....on second thought, the company that comes over doesn't cook so no, maybe I don't want their "help".lol

    SonyaAnn--While you and Mark are in the kitchen cleaning up, no funny stuff, ya hear??

    Annie J--I am jealous.....fried turkey and no other cooking for you! What time is dinner....I might just leave home and head

  6. Although I have a stockpile of Thanksgiving goodies, I'm NOT COOKING! My mom is :) I love your weekly planned meals, I should have a plan too...but I'm a "what am I in the mood for" type of girl....

  7. Sheila--Lucky, Lucky girl!lol
    I highly recommend having a plan...not that I stick to it day to day strictly. Some weeks it's more of a "suggestion list" and I pick and choose when to have what, depending on what I am in the Mood for. ;-)


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