Monday, July 23, 2012

Food Spending July Week 3 & Meal Planning Week 4

Well my mouse seems to be the culprit(ie-my keyboard possession of last week), so I'll be going out to get a new mouse later today.  I know that was worrying all of you.....

I actually went to the store last week!  Well I didn't go to the grocery store but I bought food at Rite-Aid and Big Lots.

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

SUNDAY--Leftover Chinese(from our Dinner Out)
MONDAY--Marin Joe's Special
TUESDAY--Lemon Pepper Chicken w/Zucchini
WEDNESDAY--Hamburger Helper type casserole, leftover Squash casserole
THURSDAY--Kielbasa on Rolls, homemade Pickles, Green Beans
FRIDAY--Take-out Italian
Everything was cooked/served as planned except for the Quiche on Friday.  I didn't get out for a pie crust so we got Italian from the local joint.  I had Lasagna and Hubs had an Italian Sub.  That was all the eating out/take-out we did all week. 

The weekly food spending was $42.36 done in 2 trips to Rite-Aid and 1 trip to Big Lots.  A large chunk of that($33+) was stocking up on Gatorade for #2 Son and Juice.   I didn't darken the door of a grocery store at all last week.  ;-)
The regular retail value for all was $132.59 so I had a 68.05% savings rate. 
As I reset my July Food Budget to $300, I now have $158.97 left to spend on food/toiletries this month.  8 shopping days left in July.  I think I can make it! 8-)

Going into the new week I have the following leftovers to use up......1 piece of cornbread.
The garden has decided to finally produce something other than radishes, so I have a big pile of green beans and 4 yellow squash going into this week.


This week's menu.....Hubs has vacation this week, so I am not going to designate which meals for which days.  He might want to be spontaneous(imagine that!lol)and go or do something with little notice so I am keeping my plan loose & flexible this week.

MEAL 1--Dinner out at Ruby Tuesdays(did this already on Sunday)
MEAL 2--Corned Beef and Cabbage
MEAL 3--Grilled  Squash, Hamburgers
MEAL 4--KFC chicken, Green Beans
MEAL 5--Tacos or Taco Salads
MEAL 6--Fried Fish and Squash, Pickles
MEAL 7--?? Leaving open/probably take-out or eating out

What I need to buy this week to serve this menu?.....
Cabbage, Salad Greens and other fresh produce to put into salads.  We also need milk, fruit, lunch meat for Daughter.

So what's on deck for your menu this week?



  1. As usual we're the "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of folks... I'm actually leaving everyone else to fend for themselves tonight while I take some of them to a s'mores party at the fairgrounds tonight. I'll probably get a brat there.

  2. It's been a while, but I actually have a plan this week

    Sun. and Mon.: Leftovers from camping. Don't worry, we have a real fridge in the camper and all the food stayed safe.

    Tues.: Ham Hock Gravy over Biscuits>|

    Wed.: Homemade Lasagna

    Thurs.: Leftover Lasagna

    Fri.: Fried Fish.

    Sat.: TBD, but possibly something spicy since Kat won't be here to complain. ;)


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