Monday, August 27, 2012

Food Spending August Week 4 & Meal Planning Week 4+

Ok, so this photo doesn't have anything to do with cooking.  Though it is a reminder to slow down in life and enjoy the ride. ;-)

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

Sunday--Son's belated Birthday dinner out-Steak
Monday--Pulled Pork BBQ sandwiches, Cole Slaw, Birthday Cake
Tuesday--Lime Citrus Chicken Quesadillas, beans
Thursday--Chinese take-out
Friday--burgers, green beans(from garden)
Saturday--Leftovers again
The weekly food spending was $79.30.  I stocked up on 100% juices again, butter, ravioli at rock bottom prices.  The needs were milk, cabbage(for coleslaw), 1 onion, small packet of ground beef, rolls, lunchmeat, deli cheese and 2 kinds of fruit.  The family's wants were crackers, ice cream, frozen fries, whack biscuits and Kraft mac and chemical cheese--all on sale.

I have $2.72 left of my $400 food budget for August and 5 days left in the month.  That's enough for 1 half gallon of milk.  I may be going over slightly for the month if anything comes up this week.

Going into the new week I have the following leftovers to use up.......2 portions of the lime citrus chicken, 1 portion of barbecue pork(after Sunday's dinner), half a bowl of coleslaw, 1 portion of green beans.  I am figuring on using the chicken on Friday when it's only 2 of us at home.


This week's menu.....
Sunday--Barbecue Pork Sandwiches, Coleslaw
Monday--Taco Bell-after music lesson
Tuesday--Dinner Out-30th Anniversary Date night
Wednesday--Pork Chops, Saffron Rice, Broccoli
Thursday--Alfredo Primavera
Friday--Chicken Tacos(using leftover chicken)
What I need to buy this week to serve this menu?.....rolls, some fresh veggies(for the primavera).
Basically 3 of my meals are based on leftovers and 2 are Eating Out, so only 2 new meals cooked this week.  This makes it an easy week for me in the kitchen, what with getting 2 students back in school and not running the oven since it's hot and muggy again here.

So what are you cooking at your house this week?



  1. Oh how that picture made me laugh!! There are many old farmers and ranchers i know that would put that sign up!
    I'm stealing the bbq pork idea!
    Happy Anniversary!!!!

  2. Cooking??? Can't we just go out every night?

    I did make spaghetti last night, using up the last of my homemade sauce. As spaghetti is a regular meal around here I will be making up more sauce. Trying to do as many simple sandwich and salad meals. With all this talk of higher meat prices, along with everything else, I find myself not wanting to use the meat in the freezer. Crazy or what? We certainly have the money to buy more, but I think I am becoming a hoarder of meat;-)

    blessings, jill

  3. My husband put some veggies in the crockpot this morning with some beef stew seasoning. I fried up some hamburger, so we're having hamburger stew for supper! The house smells wonderful!

  4. Buy food? Eat food? Gas went up 10 cents overnight. I need milk, but may have to invest in a gallon of cheap gas.


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