Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January Food Spending Week 3, Meal Plan January Week 4

*I am taking part in Precious' MONEY SAVING CHALLENGE again for 2012.  You can find her blog FRUGAL MAKES CENTS and a list of other participants and their blogs  HERE.
Check it out.  You might find some new ideas for incorporating frugality into your life there!*

I love searching around for old photos and advertisements featuring kitchens from years gone by.  These are mostly the kitchens from my youth in the 1960's or earlier.  
Today's kitchen......

Here's a 1960's beauty!  The rustic country americana kitchen look.  Wooden cabinets with those black iron handles that allude to a barn door and the requisite RED wallpaper.  I'm surprised there is no chicken motif going on as well!
While the '60s saw the end of metal cabinetry in the American kitchen in favor of wood, the colorific appliances were still  hanging on.
And those lovely yellow appliances....just makes your mouth water, or would that be your EYES WATER?!?lol

Enough of that, onward to the Meals and Food Spending. 8-)

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

SUNDAY--Chinese Take-out *I wasn't feeling too well
MONDAY--Sloppy Joes(with ground turkey or chicken), Rolls, Green Beans
TUESDAY--homemade Chili, Cornbread
SATURDAY--homemade Chicken Pot Pie-Daughter made this and it was good!

Yes, those are question marks for 4 days of my menu.  I was sick all week with sinus problems.  I hung in there for 2 days and made a couple of crockpot meals(just throw the main components all in the pot and make the rest of the family sort it all out)but I didn't eat any of it.  I had soup and applesauce and bagels or Hubs got me some Egg Drop Wonton Soup at the Chinese place.  The family fended for themselves with leftovers and whatever they wanted to fix the rest of the week.
I was beyond caring what they ate by Tuesday. lol
Since I wasn't on top of my food waste game last week(and no one else here seems capable of dealing with this issue), we lost some items while I was indisposed.

I also didn't step foot into a grocery store all week.  Hubs and daughter picked up some rolls, milk and eggs along the way as needed and threw the receipts on my desk.....how thoughtful.  The weekly spending was $8.31.

3 Weeks in and I've spent $160.93 of my January food budget.  $139.07 left for the month.  There isn't much in the sales ads that is thrilling me, so I may not be venturing into the stores again this week.  You'll see better why I don't need to shop below.

Going into Week 4, we have Sloppy Joes and Chili leftover from Week 3.

This week's menu.....

SUNDAY--homemade Pizza, carrot & celery sticks w/dressing
MONDAY--Leftovers or Burritos
TUESDAY--Denny's for Birthday Grand Slam
WEDNESDAY--Red Robin for Birthday Burger
THURSDAY--Baked Potatoes with Toppings, Mixed Veg.
FRIDAY--Lone Star for Birthday meal
SATURDAY--Chicken & Dumplings with carrots

Items needed for this menu are nothing.  2 of the meals planned but not fixed last week are here and a whole bunch of free birthday meals so not much cooking this week.  The only new item this week is chicken & dumplings
While my meals will be FREE, the Hubs and son's meals will come out of the Entertainment funds for the month, not the grocery funds.

So what is everyone else eating this week?  



  1. The first house I bought (bought it in 1997, but it was built in 1950) had a kitchen very much like this. No red wallpaper, at least not by the time I bought it, and the appliances had been upgraded to almond instead of yellow, but it was laid out just like that picture. I loved that wall oven!

    This week's menu plan (plan being the operative word there):

    Sun. - Burgers with onion-bacon-balsamic "jam"
    Mon. - Black pepper beef and sweet-and-sour pork for Chinese New Year
    Tues. - Mexican meatballs
    Wed. - Kansas City Steak Soup
    Thurs. - Leftovers
    Fri. - Chili
    Sat. - Homemade pizzas
    Fri. -

  2. You all had fancy kitchens in the 60s. We did not!

    This week? Nothing is thawed. Nothing is on the agenda. Nothing sounds good. Everything sounds good.My digestive track will tell me what and if I can eat. Milk and cereal is really working for now.Thankfully, there is no one here wanting me to think of food! But, that is all I think of and mostly decide not to eat whatever I come up with.

    1. For some reason I can't leave a general message on here today! You've probably blocked me. And now we'll know why... Sluggy - you have been tagged!

  3. You are doing way better than I am in the food category. We keep hitting $90 a week. It's the clearance bins that are getting me. But I think that we will be able to live off of what I have stocked up now. But the bins keep calling to me so we shall see.

  4. You're doing great on your grocery budget! We spend so much on produce that it's hard to bring the numbers down very substantially.

  5. Nice menus. You are doing so well with your grocery budget. I am hoping this comment goes through. I ahven't been ingnoring you Sluggy. Everytime in the past few days that I try to write a comment, blooger doesn't seem to take it on your blog.


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