Monday, March 23, 2015

This Week on the Dining Table

The "New Car Edition".....

Thankfully we have the cash to pay for this in full, no financing and no eating of rice and beans for the next 5 years to afford it.

We still have leftovers.  This week will be all about using them up.
Hopefully this will translate into a small grocery bill for this week ending March.
Here's what was planned last week.......

 1.  Lasagna, leftover Collards
2.  Salmon, Broccoli
3.  Irish Stew
4.  Rueben Sandwiches
5.  Roasted Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Cauliflower, Cranberry Glop leftovers
6.  Kielbasa on Rolls, cabbage leftovers
7.  Leftovers of some kind 
And this is what actually happened--

1.  Lasagna, leftover Collards
2.  Salmon, Broccoli
3.  Irish Stew
4.  Rueben Sandwiches
5.  Leftovers
6.  Leftovers
7.  Leftovers

Everything went as planned except no turkey leftovers eaten nor Kielbasa on rolls and leftover cabbage.  We ate an extra night of other leftovers instead.

Last week I made 5  trips to the grocery store(and have a carry over from the previous week I forgot to put down then), so I spent $126.51 OOP on $222.98 worth of reg. retail groceries.
I also earned a $7 gift card for some of those purchases so $7 in future food paid for already.

I had 3 transactions at Rite-Aid last week and spend $1.25 OOP on $127.79 worth of toiletries.

For the week, $127.76 total spending on $350.77 worth of food/toiletries/HBA.

$242.70 spent of my $300 March food budget, leaving us $57.30 for the next 7 days of the month. ($64.30 if you count that $7 gift card.)

Leftovers going into this week are collards, corned beef and cabbage, turkey and stuffing, lasagna and Irish stew.  Yep, we still have a LOT of leftovers.

Here is the plan for this week.........

1.  Turkey, stuffing, corn, cranberry glop leftovers
2.  Lasagna, salad or collards leftovers
3.  Irish Stew leftovers
4.  Rueben Sandwiches using corned beef leftovers
5.  Sloppy Joe sandwiches, cole slaw
6.  Kielbasa on Rolls, cabbage leftovers
7.  Salmon, leftover assorted veggies, cole slaw

3 nights of new meals, 4 nights eating up the leftovers.
What I need to buy for this menu......nothing.  We stopped at the Bread Outlet as we were down in the city buying the car on Saturday and I got some on special Salmon filets also while out on Saturday.

Then I bought some Zero Powerades for $1 each and got a $7 Catalina at Weis before that deal ended.
Actually the Catalina did NOT print so they gave me a $7 gift card which won't expire so it's even better. 8-)

I may pick up some salad greens, tomatoes, milk and honey this week as we are out/those are on special this week.
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 that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?



  1. Spaghetti is leftover from today, so that is what I will eat until it is gone. I do have vegetables to eat, too.

    Price matched at WM--6 oz blackberries for $0.88. Green grapes for $0.88. This is from Sprouts ad.

  2. Harris Teeter always has boneless skinless chicken breasts at the meat counter for $1.99/#. Got 8 for about $12.00. This will be a reprieve from eating out of the freezer, which was going well. It's too bad that almost everything in there is pork! Anyway...We eat 1/2 breast each plain for tonight and later in the week, and the rest will be diced for soup with egg noodles, corn and peas, and later with broccoli and white sauce. I'm also steaming broccoli right now for that. Then, we are back to eating from the freezer.

  3. Love the car! I'll be needing a new one soon. Mine is approaching 10 years old. Gotta keep it running for as long as possible.

  4. So what is your game plan for RA now? Have you used up all of your old currency? Are you going to still try and work the system? Are you going to abandon them completely? Are you going to start going to CVS? Inquiring minds want to know?

    1. I really haven't started planning WHAT I am going to do after this week. I will be out of +Up Rewards in 2 weeks from the last date I spend some so still a bit to go.

      R-A's new deal is called PLENTI. It sounds similar to Wags Balance Rewards points(certain items will earn pts.)but you can also use the points at other retailers....Macy's, Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Nationwide, Direct Energy, & Hulu.
      I don't frequent ANY of those brands so this won't benefit me either. The Plenti pts. don't expire for 2 years however.

      I could probably not have to buy toiletries for at least 2 years, more for some items, so I don't NEED to go to the drugstores right now.
      I use to do CVS but I found them not as advantageous as R-A. Plus CVS would mean having to go to a nearby town to shop or downtown Wilkes-Barre so not nearly as convenient.
      I predict that at some point R-A will realize what a bad program for it's shoppers this PLENTI thing is and change there program. Perhaps I can wait this new program out? lolz


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