Monday, December 20, 2021

This Week on the Dining Table

 The "Back to Ibotta at Walmart" Edition...

              *Not pictured bag of frozen Brussels Sprouts.*

I jumped back into Ibotta rebating this week at Walmart(and used some Bonus Cash at R-A to get rebates as BC was expiring). I spent $32.55 OOP at Walmart on all this. I had $40 in free gift cards as well that I used.  I earned $37.90 back on Ibotta counting Weekend Bonus, 5,415 pts.($5.41)on Fetch and ? on ShopKick(the app won't open right now but it was about 500 pts.).
I used 1 coupon and get a pair and complained when the app and shelf price was $1.97 on the baby wipes but they rang up $2.12.  Got the difference back so the total spend was a bit lower than I am reporting. ;-)
$32.55 spent and $37.90 back in Ibotta rebates works for me! lol

Onward to the meal planning!

1. Sunday--No Plan
2. Monday--No Plan
3. Tuesday--No Plan
4. Wednesday--No Plan
5. Thursday--No Plan
6.  Friday--No Plan
7. Saturday--No Plan

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--traveling, a shake at Shake Shack, small box of granola in airport somewhere
2. Monday--Stargate Diner in DE(traveling some more)
3. Tuesday--Chinese take-out(I had soup.)
4. Wednesday--Fend for Yourself
5. Thursday--Red Lobster(shrimp lunch)
6.  Friday--Taco Bell(cheesy Gordita box which lasted me 3 meals)
7. Saturday--leftover Taco Bell or FFY

What got put into the freezer last week....
*  2 pints of Ice Cream
*  1 bag of Brussels Sprouts

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
* Nothing

I spent $92.35 on food/toiletries/HBA the last 2 weeks(half of  that total was a Virginia salt cured ham for Christmas). This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Total to $92.35 for December.  That's what happens*a low spend*when you leave town for half that time and don't cook. lolz

There are 12 shopping days left in December.

I've earned $57.22 on Ibotta in December.
I've earned $0 on Checkout51 in December.
I've earned $0 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in December.
I've earned 5,926 points from shopping on Fetch in December which equals $23.70.
I earned ? points from food shopping on Shop Kick in December which equals $?.  The app keeps closing on me this morning.
I've earned 1,116  SB from food shopping on Swagbucks in December which equals $11.16.
I've earned $4.20 from food shopping on Tada in December.

That's $57.22 in rebates(not counting the Shop Kick/Swag Bucks/Tada/Fetch)on $92.35 in grocery spending so in reality it's $35.13 spent after the 4 rebate apps I count.  Yay me.....

My savings percentage for the last 2 weeks was 42.77%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)and the monthly savings total for December comes in at 42.77% so far(w/out R-A). 

Leftovers going into this week....nothing.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--take-out Pizza and Salad
2. Monday--FFY as we are going to Red Lobster for lunch
3. Tuesday--?
4. Wednesday--?
5. Thursday--?
6.  Friday--?
7. Saturday--?

I am flying by the seat of my pants this week and may actually be forced to cook something.  Oh the horror! ;-)

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu?  No clue.  I'll try to dig through what is here and come up with some odd meals to use stuff up.

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?  

Here's today's Christmas tune......



  1. We are fixing what we can find here too until we get groceries this week. It’s nice to see someone else in the same boat. LOL

  2. Well I dropped looking for Ibotta after Thanksgiving as I had everything I needed. But will likely start back up at the New year!

  3. I will fix the traditional turkey dinner when and if I feel like it or want to cook! The dinner will happen but not on a schedule I have to follow.

  4. Your meal plan this week looks like my regular meal plan lol!

  5. Well, the majority of this week will be leftovers for me. I did make some creamy white bean and chicken soup, flavored with green chiles and onions. I have some veggies to roast up, tofu to cook and some eggs to use up.


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