Monday, June 25, 2012

Food spending June Week 3 & Meal Planning June Week 4

You will recall that I did NOT do a meal plan in last week's installment of Food Spending/Meal Planning.
The reason?
We were out of town for 4 days and I didn't want to think about what to serve when we got back.
So I made it up as we went along.
Plus, since Hubs was still on vacation, even though we were home the last 3 days, I didn't want to have to cook if I could avoid it.

And here is the "meal plan" that actually happened last week.....

SUNDAY--McDonald's  for breakfast, PF Chang's for dinner
MONDAY--Bob Evans for breakfast, Raising Cane's chicken for lunch, Skyline Chili for dinner
TUESDAY--Free Hotel breakfast, Arby's for lunch, Chef Ernie's for dinner
WEDNESDAY--Free Hotel breakfast, The Dragon Chinese Restaurant for lunch, Arby's for dinner
THURSDAY--late breakfast, Bob Evans for early dinner
FRIDAY--late breakfast Christo's Greek Restaurant for dinner
SATURDAY--Chinese Take-out lunch, Pork Chops and Asparagus for dinner

Lots of meal out and away from home.  1 meal cooked at home this week.  While I was glad not to have to cook for a change, spending the added money to eat while away from home doesn't sit well with me.

The weekly food spending was $24.58.  It was 2 trips to Weis. You can see what I bought HERE.
The short version, I did the Weis Dairy Month Instant Savings Deal twice, bought 11.75lbs. pork loin(to cut into boneless chops), a few more dairy items and some store-made muffins.  
Reg. retail was $97.84 for all so we saved 75% for the week.

I've spent $331.49 of my $400 food budget for June.  I have $68.51 left to spend this week.
Since I have $59 in expiring Cats to use this week, I hope to spend very little actual food budget money.


This week's menu.....
SUNDAY--Kielbasa on rolls, grilled Squash
MONDAY--Salmon w/maple bourbon glaze, crudite plate(radishes,celery,carrots)with dressing dip
TUESDAY--Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad
WEDNESDAY--Potato and Toppings
THURSDAY--Zucchini Chicken, Rice
FRIDAY--Hamburger Helper type meal, leftover veggies
SATURDAY--Homemade Pizza, Salad

What I need to purchase for this menu?
Zucchini, Squash and Salad Greens is all I need to make this happen.
We need fruit too this week.

I've got some leftover veggies in the fridge to incorporate, a bag of taters in the root cellar, as well as a hunk of pizza dough in the freezer from the last time I made pizza to use up.

So what's on deck for your menu this week?
And how is your food spending going this month?



  1. Can I come over on Saturday for dinner? Yummy!

    1. Sure, come on over! You can bring the box of wine....

  2. Yum! Do you have a good pork chop recipe?

    1. Lena, I panko them and pan saute in some olive oil, forming a nice crust.
      After removing from the pan, I scrape the browned bits up and add some bouillion and either some jelly(plum or apricot)or fresh or dried fruit(chopped up and if dried, soaked in hot water to rehydrate it first)and a bit of sugar and cook that down to reduce into a sauce. Add some water if it's too thick.
      I just pout that over the chops before serving.
      Pork goes well with fruit and we like it this way.

  3. Wow! You've got a hellava lot of hell posts!
    And around here, every day is a "make it up as you go" day. I know I know...

    1. Hell is just another of the services we provide.
      If I wrote everything I was thinking, your eyeballs would curl up into your

      Sometimes spontaneous is overrated....that's all I'm going to say. ;-)


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