Monday, January 30, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Changes in our Daily Lives" Edition--

The BF pulled out of town on Friday.  Though we all were sad to see him go(and wish him only the best)this also means some savings in our household spending and I now have to rework our 2017 Budget.

Moving on......

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Birthday Steaks, Baked Potato, Caesar Salad
2. Monday--Fish, Cole Slaw, Sweet Potatoes, something Noodle for BF
3. Tuesday--Baked Potato Soup
4. Wednesday--Homemade Pizza
5. Thursday--Beef Pie
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Birthday Steaks, Baked Potato, Brussels Sprouts, Bday Cake
2. Monday--Salmon for us/Breaded Fish for the Kids, Cole Slaw, boxed Mac and Cheese for BF
3. Tuesday--Chicken Cordon Bleu, Broccoli, Stuffing(Mashed Taters w/Gravy too for BF)
4. Wednesday--Beef Pie
5. Thursday--Primo Hoagies(Take-Out)
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Leftovers

6 meals cooked at home, 2 of them nights of leftovers or Fend For Yourself, and 1 night of Take-Out.
The sweet potatoes had gone bad so Brussels sprouts happened instead on Sunday. Work bought the BF had pizza for lunch his last day so pizza didn't happen here, we got subs instead(good but pricey).  Nobody wanted to potato soup so I made Cordon Bleu(premade/boxed)instead w/boxed stuffing and broccoli.

As for the grocery spending.....2 trips to Weis and a stop at the Surplus Outlet on the way back from taking College Boy back to school brought the food spending last week to $167.69 and brought my January food spending Grand Total to $551.27 for the month.
If I hadn't gone to Surplus Outlet I'd only be $14.26 over but I don't get the opportunity to go there often and I found a great deal on Olive Oil(plus the cashier forgot to ring 2 bottles up!)so I am not going to beat myself up over going over budget.

My savings percentages last week was 54.22%.  Anything over 50% is awesome. 8-)

Leftovers going into this week.......spaghetti w/meats, beef stew, beef pie.  Not much of any of these(only enough now for single lunches)so it will be a heavy "new food prep" week.

Here is this week's "food plan"....
* Denotes "complicated" meals

1. Sunday--Pork Chops, Stuffing(using leftover stuffing), Cauliflower in cheese sauce
2. Monday--Tacos or Taco Salads
3. Tuesday--Beef Stroganoff, Rice, Green Beans *
4. Wednesday--Hot Dogs on Rolls, Beans, maybe something else too
5. Thursday--Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
6. Friday--Pizza
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 6 new meals cooked, 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating-Out and 1 night of Leftovers.

What I need to buy for this menu?  Mushrooms, Green Beans, Sour Cream, Cauliflower, Lettuce.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?



  1. Seven days of crock pot and griddle cooking only (issue with the BBQ so that was out) put me off-plan a little but we plugged the stove back in last night, albeit in the centre of the kitchen so behind it still has time to dry out 100%. Managed to not eat out during the whole thing except one night a sub for hubby as I took the bullet and ate mushy rice and chicken for a second night that was done in the crock pot. Who would have thought boiling something on top of the stove or having an oven was such a luxury

  2. All this grocery budgeting I have done has flown out the window. First I had the unfortunate TJ's shopping while hungry and stocking up on Whole 30 approved items, and then we went to the grocery store close to the lake lace this weekend. Spiral cut hams 1.50 lb, T-bone steaks 6 bucks a pound, pork chops 1.00 per lb. chicken thighs .60 lb. Our stop to buy lettuce turned into almost 100 dollars of meat and chicken. I needed none of it, but I have been eating the freezer down so I bought a ton and froze it for later. Still another January budget buster. I am feeling like a serious failure right now.

  3. Trying to stay on my no budget cooking but did buy marked down ground beef today to make shepherd pie with leftover mash potatoes.

  4. I still haven't meal planned or shipped. Hubs ran yesterday because... and spent first $42 on I haven't a clue what. I'm out of whack today.

  5. Hi Sluggy,

    I am catching up so my meal plan won't be posted until tomorrow. Yours looks yummy as usual especially the beef stroganoff. There are some good deals this week at the market but nothing I need so not buying this week.


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