Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Meal Planning January Week 4, Food Spending Week 3


And here is what actually got served last week......
Sunday--Steak, Asparagus, Potatoes & Onions
Wednesday--Chicken Pot Pie
Thursday--Rigatoni w/Meat Sauce, Brussel Sprouts, Rolls(made into Garlic bread)
Friday--Leftovers or Fend For Yourself
Saturday--Chinese take-out

I served 3 of the meals I planned.  The meals that didn't get served(Steak Tips, Cheese Steaks) get moved to next week.

The food spending last week?
2 small trips to the grocers for a grand total spent of $50.90.  Almost half of it was for lunches, juice and seltzer for Daughter.  I bought frozen and fresh veggies, fruit, some provolone cheese, a loaf of French bread and I splurged and bought 2 Cannolis for Hubs and I.  The cannoli was the only dairy I had all week and it caused me some gunkiness....but was worth it. lol
We are up to $199.85 food spending for January.  One week left and I have half of my food budget still.
I also have a $10 Catalina that expires 1/24 to use at Weis.

As for leftovers rolling into this week--1 head of cabbage, and the leftover steak.


Here is what is getting served this 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, Au Gratin Potatoes
Thursday--Cheese Steaks, Broccoli
Saturday--Leftovers or Fend For Yourself

The Beef Tips are leftovers redone.  The other 3 meals are new food.  Wednesday and Friday meals will yield leftovers for Saturday eating.

Needed at the store to serve this lot?
I bought the fish and more carrots last week and had everything else already.  Depending on how much Halushki I want to make, I may need another head of cabbage.  I'll need more fresh fruit and salad greens(for lunches).  "Good" hot dogs and honey are on sale this week so I'll be stocking up on those items.  I'll try to keep the spending under $70.

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?

I've got some big changes coming in February to our diet.  I am not sure how this will affect our food budget but I suspect it will have an impact.  Stick around and see what happens.



  1. I'm intrigued by this new change you have coming. Hopefully it's a really positive one! As for me, I'm going to lay low and be lazy for the remaining of the next 10 days... chicken thighs with vegetable, hotdogs or some sort of stirfry made of either sausages or porkchops. Bo-ring!

  2. Love that Taco Bell makes a regular appearance on your menu. :-)

    I'm close to out of money for January, but the husband is traveling, & he's the consumer of about 75% of the fresh produce. So. .. . that should trim things back a bit. I think it will be tight, but we'll squeak in at budget.

    I threw away a couple of biscuits that I made that got blackened on the bottom. Yes, bisquick (using up an opened box in the pantry). My oven is apparently hotter on one side. How can you screw up bisquick? ;-)

  3. I threw away something I could not identify that was in a sandwich bag, waaaay back in the bottom of the refrigerator, where I cannot see since I cannot bend that far.

    Apples are $.99/lb and bananas are $.49, both a good deal. So, I can stock up on both. Apples have been $1.99/lb for weeks, so I will stock up. Thankfully, I had some apples bought cheap to eat for for the last few weeks.
    I still have tangerines from a pre-Christmas sale.

    Menu? Same old story with me. Tonight, I will cook 10 lbs leg/thigh quarters and 5 lbs chicken breasts to last the next week, to freeze, and to send home with exbf since he helps me so much. He gets all the leg/thigh except for one I will keep. I see chicken and dumplings, chicken sandwiches, chicken casseroles in my future.

    As usual, I will bake sweet potatoes and have one each day. Turnip greens, green beans, carrots, plus any vegetables that are on sale will be on my plate.

  4. My challenge this week is to take food inventory... so i'll be planning out our menu for the next 2 weeks I hope. Thinking this may save us $$ in the long run. A little bit of food waste, but not too bad.

  5. Ok, you do realize that your title was "meal planning" and you have a picture of a dog. What are you trying to tell us? Is this your big change for February?
    I bet you have dairy issues too. You poor kid!


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