Monday, November 19, 2012

Food Spending NOVEMBER Week 2, Meal Planning Week 3

Doesn't that look yummy?
It's a picture from when I made French Onion Soup a few weeks ago for dinner.  I'll be sharing some more photos and the recipe I use after I get Thanksgiving out of the way here.


And here is what actually got served last week....
This week's menu....
Sunday--Halushki with Bacon
Monday--Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday--Tuna Casserole, Beets
Wednesday-Pizza for some, Leftovers for others
Thursday--Lasagna, Caesar Salad
Friday--Pizza for some, Leftovers for others

The food spending last week was $.11 for $51.11 reg. retail worth of goods. And if you don't believe me, go look HERE.  I've spent a total of $202.65 so far in November on $396.59 retail price of food.  This isn't counting my Rite-Aid purchases.

Last week, I used all but $10 in free food certificates/gift cards/catalinas I had accumulated to spend only 11 cents this past week of groceries.  I'll be heading out to spend my last $10 free food chit today to pick up the last of what I need to prepare Thanksgiving Day's meal.  We are down to 5 for dinner since #2 Son's sometimes job called him into work on Thursday-it's a restaurant.
The Daughter also has to work Thanksgiving....her retail job, thanks to all you Black Friday people! 8-( ....but she gets to eat because she goes in late and works through the night so people can buy MORE tvs, small appliances, pajamas and electronics that they don't need to fill up their empty lives and their already overstuffed houses!
But hey!, who am I to judge, just because in order to keep her job she is forced to work when she should have the option of being home with her family on a National Holiday. ;-)

Going into this week, I have leftover NOTHING!  Every blasted leftover got snarfed up. Ok, I misspoke...I have a bit of grilled chicken breast that wasn't used for the pot pie.  I made 2 lasagnas last week.  We ate one and the other went into the freezer for later.  So 1 single serving of a leftover item to use this week.

This week's menu....
Sunday--Chili, Cornbread
Monday--2 people Taco Bell, me that leftover chicken in a homemade Quesadilla, Corn
Tuesday--Spaghetti and Meatballs(stockpile and freezer), Green Beans(freezer)
Wednesday--Leftover Chili, Cornbread
Thursday--Turkey Dinner, Pie
Friday--Subway Sandwiches

This week I want easy.  The big pot of chili they can eat on multiple meals.  I'll throw the leftover of that into the freezer after 2-3 meals.  Spaghetti meal items are all here and I'll only make enough for 1 full meal because between the chili and turkey leftovers, that's plenty!   I'll use up the leftover chicken for myself tonight and Hubs & #2 Son will get Taco Bell on the way home from son's music lesson.

Left to buy this week?.....4 items for Thursday's Thanksgiving feast and milk.  I'll be spending right around $10 this week but it won't cost me anything because of my $10 certificate.  But come Friday?....I'll be hitting some sales and the Bread Outlet and be back to spending the food monies!lol
I still think I'll end November with a surplus of $$ in the food budget.  That will be sweet....

Are you cooking the Turkey Day meal this year or are you lucky enough to have family/friends to visit and let them do the cooking?
How about the rest of the week.....are you cooking the whole week or making it a simple meal plan or eating out?



  1. I am going to a friend's house for Thanksgiving. But, I am cooking my own over the weekend. It is nice not to cook, but then there are no leftovers. Since I can barely manage a simple meal, I will be cooking a little each day, starting today--chop onions and celery and boiling eggs, tomorrow--pumpkin pies, then cornbread and sweet potatoes on Wed. Friday will be gravy starter and sweet potato pound cake. Saturday will be the turkey and finish the gravy and make dressing from cornbread. When I was uninjured and did not have fibromyalgia, this was a 24 hour job, start to finish and cleaning up.

    1. Some days it feels like it takes me days to cook a meal. I've already begun cooking for Thursday. I'm no fan of leftover turkey myself but the Hubs loves it.

  2. You are so awesome! I spent way more than you did. But what are you going to do? I need to feed about 13 people. I think I will just go to your house, it would be so much easier. I'll even bring the bread. But I will make it by hand!

    1. If I had to feed 13?....forget it. They can help too!lol
      I think we should go with Frances instead and eat turkey buffet at the casino....much MUCH easier!lol
      And you KNOW if you bring bread to my house there had better not be a bread machine hole in the middle of


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