Monday, October 4, 2021

This Week on the Dining Table

 The "Back Home and Meal Planning Again" Edition...

My sister in-law is very much into home decoration. She drug me to a Home Goods one day I was visiting, looking for stuff to put on her fireplace mantel to decorate for Fall.  I showed her these skulls with oversized light bulbs in them but she didn't appreciate my input it seems. lolz
I feel like one of these skulls lately when it comes to meal planning....nothing in my head and I need inspiration like a giant lightbulb above me. 8-)
Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--
There was no plan as I was at Sissie's house most of the week and she was in charge of the cooking/meals.  It's nice to have a vacation from life once in awhile. ;-)

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--I don't remember, sorry Sissie
2. Monday--Pork Filets, Mushroom Gravy, Acorn Squash
3. Tuesday--"Must Go" Dinner(assorted items)
4. Wednesday--Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Acorn Squash leftovers
5. Thursday--FFY(home now)
6.  Friday--BLTs
7. Saturday--Chinese Take-out(I had soup and dumplings)

What got put into the freezer last week....
* Nothing

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
* Bacon

I spent $163.48 on food/toiletries/HBA the last 2 weeks at too many stores to name. lol  This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Grand Total to $345.94 for September. I stayed under $400...go me!

We are on to a new month and there are 27 shopping days left in October.

I've earned $228.48 on Ibotta in September.
I've earned $22.51 on Checkout51 in September.
I've earned $11.50 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in September.
I've earned $4.50 from Aisle.
I've earned 8843 points from shopping on Fetch in September which equals $8.84.
I've earned 11,895 points from food shopping on Shop Kick in September which equals $47.58.
I've earned 35,430 SB from food shopping on Swagbucks in September which equals $35.43.

That's $266.99 in rebates(not counting the Shop Kick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $345.94 in grocery spending so in reality it's $78.95 spent after the 4 rebate apps I count until I cash out on the other three apps. 8-)))

My savings percentage for the last two weeks was 48.36%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)for September and the monthly savings total for September comes in at 48.38%.(w/out R-A).

Leftovers going into this week....not much I can find.  Hubs did a good job of eating up everything he made.  We are in the process of processing tomatoes from the garden however.  Not sure if I'll "can" them or just put the jars in the fridge.  Depends on how many we get.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Manicotti from the freezer, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread
2. Monday--Tempura Scallops, Fish, Brussels Sprouts, maybe Potato Wedges
3. Tuesday--Broccoli and Cheese Soup, Cornbread
4. Wednesday--BLTs
5. Thursday--Leftovers + Cuke and Tomato Salad
6.  Friday--Beef Pie
7. Saturday--FFY

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu?  Not a thing.  I'll be trying to stay out of the grocery store this week and eat down the freezer.  The store ads are crap this month.  Weis(PMITA)has gone from a weekly ad to a monthly one(the "weekly ad" is just highlighted specific items from the monthly ad).  I am attempting to take a break from Ibotta in October and I am down to $20 or less in BC on 2 of my Rite-Aid cards(no BC on the other 2 cards).

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. I love those shiny skulls. They sort of make death glitzy.

  2. Manicotti sounds really good. I wish I had some in the freezer!

  3. I just downloaded Shopkick. I am excited to see what I can earn back. So many apps to keep up with lol!


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