Monday, January 17, 2022

This Week on the Dining Table

 The "Living In Suburbia" Edition...

This flyer(wrapped in plastic)arrived on our driveway a couple of months before Christmas.  Someone around here evidently has a full fledged business designing/installing/taking down your Holiday Light Displays.
I was tempted to call for my free estimate just to see how outrageously expensive it would be to have someone throw lights on your house and then come take them down.
I just don't get this whole "industry" of having your house/yard visible from outer space sort of thing.  If you can't put up a few strings of lights yourself and call it a day then don't do it. ;-)  To pay someone else to do this is just unnecessary.

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned......
1. Sunday--Chicken Parm, Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
2. Monday--Butternut Squash Ravioli w/Béchamel, Salad
3. Tuesday--Leftovers
4. Wednesday--Homemade flatbread Pizza, Salad
5. Thursday--? Hubs' night to cook
6.  Friday--Some sort of soup or stew
7. Saturday--?

And here's what actually happened........
1. Sunday--Chicken Parm, Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
2. Monday--Fend for Yourself
3. Tuesday--Cheese Ravioli, Salad
4. Wednesday--Beef Pie
5. Thursday--Applebee's out
6.  Friday--FFY
7. Saturday--Chinese take-out

Nothing very exciting here.  When it's so cold here I don't feel like cooking.  Used a free gift card to get Applebee's on shot night and paid for Chinese take-out this week too.

What got put into the freezer last week....
*  Not a thing(other than Xmas ham)

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
*  Ravioli
*  Breaded Chicken Patties
*  Ground Beef

I spent $62.64 on food/toiletries/HBA the last week. This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Total to $118.14 for January with the month slightly more than half over.

There are 14 shopping days left in January.  

I've earned $187.65 on Ibotta in January.
I've earned $.88 on Checkout51 in January.
I've earned $8.00 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in January.
I've earned 17,221 points from shopping on Fetch in January.
I earned 1,305 Kicks from food shopping on Shop Kick in January. 
I've earned 1,329 SB from food shopping on Swag Bucks in January.
I've earned $0 from food shopping on Tada in January.

That's $196.53 in rebates(not counting the Shop Kick/Swag Bucks/Tada/Fetch)on $118.14 in grocery spending so in reality it's -$78.39 spent after the 3 rebate apps I count.  

My savings percentage for the last week was 67.76%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)and the monthly savings total for January comes in at 67.28% so far(w/out R-A). 

Leftovers going into this week.....

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Leftover Beef Pie
2. Monday--Fend for Yourself as I am not feeling well
3. Tuesday--Butternut Squash Ravioli w/Béchamel, Salad
4. Wednesday--Homemade flatbread Pizza, Salad
5. Thursday--? Hubs' night to cook
6.  Friday--Beef & Veggie Stir-fry, Rice
7. Saturday--More Leftovers?

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu?  Nothing.  I got it covered(except maybe Hubs' night to cook).  The squash ravioli and homemade flat bread pizza carry over to this week since they didn't happen last week.
Ibotta this week?  Still not decided.

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. Hope you are feeling better!
    We are snowed in, and I didn't feel like shoveling the driveway today, but tomorrow is another day. I can't think of much I want to cook, maybe a stir fry, beef roast, spaghetti...
    Hope you have a good week.

  2. Not a lot of sales going on, but last week meal plan went great, and this week, I have a hearty curried chickpea cauliflower kale soup, for lunch, slow cooked BBQ chicken thighs, broccoli slaw, bean, and breakfast is poached egg, spinach and brown rice.

  3. I actually told my son he should do a holiday lights service, he said nope! It’s not easy, even not lighting up the sky lights (not a huge display). I’m a 68 year old widow. I’m thankful he did my lights this year and last. I’m just can’t climb up and down ladders like I did. I think it can sometimes be nostalgic, you want your Christmas lights on just like you always have, (cause apparently that’s what you liked ha!) so paying for that enjoyment what the heck (if people have the funds). Lately I’m in that category of people I know really “paying” for the after effects of doing things their bodies just can’t or realistically shouldn’t be doing anymore. Ha!

  4. Sounds like a delicious menu. I wanted to thank you for the holiday card and letter that you sent to Bailey and me. That was so sweet of you and I enjoyed reading your letter. :)

  5. I have chicken for the week, but today I have two bags of collards to cook and some slices of pork to cook. I think I will have those. This is not because we have had eaten it too much, but just because. Pork sounds so good with collards.

    It seems there is someone to fill every need we have if we are willing to pay for it. I pay to have things done that I never would have imagined I could not do.


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