Monday, January 28, 2013

Meal Planning Feb. Week 1 & Food Spending Jan. Week 4

Our silly Beagle rolling in a recent snowfall.


And here is what actually got served last week......
Sunday--Leftovers or Fend For Yourself
Monday--Taco Bell or Fend For Yourself
Tuesday--Beef Tips in Gravy over Noodles, Ginger Carrots
Wednesday--Fish, Beets, Mashed Potatoes
Friday---Cheese Steaks, Broccoli
Saturday--Leftovers or Fend For Yourself or Birthday burger out(bday freebie for me!)
I actually served the whole menu as planned.

The food spending last week?
2 trips and $61.36 total spent.  $12.37 of that was unplanned spending, as a good deal popped up while I was in the local Shursave affiliate market.
And speaking of DEALS, here is most of what I got for that $12.37....

The store was holding an Instant Discount promo $5 off when you bought $15 worth of select house brand items.  I wasn't particularly interested in it until I went down the cereal aisle and saw that the house brand instant oatmeal packet boxes were included AND some had $1 Peelie Qs on them....squeal!!!
I bought 7 boxes of oatmeal($1.66 ea. on sale) + 3 bags of house brand frozen veggies($1.25 ea., not pictured), which subtotaled $15.37.  After 7 x $1 Qs and the $5 instant discount($12 off), I paid $3.37 for 7 oatmeals and 3 veggies(or .34¢ for each of 10 items).

While I was down the cereal aisle, store employees were changing around the coffee section located across from the oatmeal section.  By the time I was finished shopping and headed to the register, the clearance bin I walked by at the front of the store to check out was filled with bags of coffee.  I don't drink this stuff but Hubs is addicted to it so I nosed around in the bin.  New England Coffee, Starbucks and Eight O'Clock brands were marked down to $3 a bag.  Sell by/Use by dates were 2 years out.  I went back to the coffee section and it looks like the New England brand has changed the color of the bags and they were no longer carrying this particular Starbucks and the Eight O'Clock varieties(very small store with limited selections), so that explains why it was in the bin.  I also wanted to check the regular price to make sure that $3 a bag was a "deal".....I told you I don't know anything about coffee!lol
They sell for $7.95 a bag at this store.
So I "scooped" up 3 bags for Hubs and dinged my grocery budget for $9.

Now I know everyone is thinking, "Gee Sluggy, why the heck did you buy 7 boxes of oatmeal, since you won a year's supply from Price Chopper last Fall?  Isn't that enough for you??"
Actually, it's not enough.  I gave boxes to the B in-law and #1 Son, plus we've gone through a case already.  The only oatmeal we will have left when the year is out will be some of the canisters of whole oats since nobody thinks to make those for breakfast and I don't have a wide repertoire of recipes using oats.

So the food spending for January as of Saturday, sits at $261.21, leaving me $138.79 to get through the rest of the month......ok, the rest of the month would be 5 days. lol

As for leftovers rolling into this week--there are beets, ginger carrots, beef tips and gravy and noodles.  Not much to use up.


Here is what is getting served this week.....

Sunday--KFC chicken
Monday--Pizza or Leftover KFC or Beef Tips
Tuesday--Steak dinner out(birthday meal)
Wednesday--Italian dinner out(birthday freebie)
Thursday--Chicken Fajitas
Friday--Ham and Bean Soup, homemade bread
Saturday--Not sure, leftovers, fend for yourself

Only 2 meals this week, since we are finishing the Birthday freebies this week.  The KFC is courtesy of a gift certificate for a 12 pce. meal I won at the Church auction.  Wed. dinner is courtesy of a local Italian restaurant birthday club and I get a free appetizer on Tues. when I have my Birthday dinner out.  There will be money spent but from the Entertainment budget.

Needed at the store to serve the 2 meals I am making this week?
I'll need celery, potatoes, mushrooms(Daughter bought on Sunday), and I might need more onions. 
Not much needed this week but there is a Pet Food Catalina Deal at Weis which I need to do, so there goes $30 up front after Qs(will give me a $10 Cat for later too).  I'll try to keep the spending under $50 this week.

I'll be going to my 2 grocery stores this week to note prices for the new Price Book. 

What's on your menu for the week?  Any good deals at the grocers this week?
Did you have any food waste this week?



  1. Now you need to go back and get coffee for me and make my dh happy and really we loooovvveeeee the whole oats. Hmmmm might be time for a trip up to your house.

    And did I mention I am addicted to this hair dye I won from you. The foam is great and the colors are adult colors so I dont have to worry about purple roots. Plus surprising one bottle did my whole head instead of having to use two of them

    1. I'm glad the hair coloring worked out so well.

      And I'm sure all that coffee is long gone I didn't buy...but all visitors to Chez Sluggy always leave with parting gifts from the stockpile. lol

  2. That is a steal on oatmeal, & the coffee! The husband is sick, so we're doing lots of soups & other frugal things. Taking advantage while he's not paying too much attention. ;-)

    1. it in when he's not paying attention. That's always a good plan! ;-)

  3. I don't know much about coffee or prices, but that does seem to be a good price. However, how on earth can you use coffee with with last year's bag color?

    If I had that much free oatmeal left, I would still buy a good deal. If you make meatloaf, use oats in that. You can put the oats in a coffee bean grinder and make oat flour. I use that to thicken things like soup or spaghetti. I only use 1/4 to 1/2 cup, depending on how thick I want it. You could use it in the ham and bean soup. It is not detectable by taste.

    You can also use the oat flour as a sub for half of the wheat flour in recipes. I would never use it for an important cake, but brownies and cupcakes should accept it with no problem.

    Not every coffee bean grinder will work. I have one with a stainless steel cup with blades inside. Oh, leave the top on for a bit after finished, or you will have a cloud of oat dust. Ask me how I know.

    1. Yes, using last year's bag color is dreadful, isn't it? I may have to self medicate to get through this terrible terrible thing. lol

      I just need to remember the oats and get them out so I USE them.

      I wouldn't dare ask you how you know about oat dusk


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