What I spent and What we Ate


 

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I first came across the idea of menu planning and grocery tracking blogging on TheFrugalGirl.  It has been a helpful tool for me to organize our budget and menu!

goal budget is $125/week or $500/month – Monthly Running total currently: $365.14

Aldi : 110.60

weekly total:  $110.60

 
No grocery picture this week!  And this was a total bust of week for meal planning.  Mr. Bird was traveling, little bird was sick early in the week, and now I have a cold too. We will get back on the meal planning bandwagon SOON!!
Saturday 3/18
Dinner |Dinner with my parents.  We got takeout from a new local/organic restaurant.  Super delicious, and we all really enjoyed it!
Sunday 3/19
Dinner | We had the last meeting of our marriage group and as a celebration, we did a potluck dinner.
Monday 3/20
Dinner | Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans
Tuesday 3/21
Dinner | leftovers
Wednesday 3/22
Dinner | takeout pizza (my Dad was in town helping with Little Bird)
Thursday 3/23
Dinner | takeout again (I was feeling so miserable, and Mr Bird got home late from his trip, Little Bird had a slice of leftover pizza)
Friday 3/24
Dinner | planning to make breakfast for dinner  **Really hoping I stick to this, because 3 nights of takeout would make me so sad.
  

 

What did you eat this week?  How do you handle being sick and getting meals on the table?
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What I spent and What we Ate


 

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I first came across the idea of menu planning and grocery tracking blogging on TheFrugalGirl.  It has been a helpful tool for me to organize our budget and menu!

goal budget is $125/week or $500/month – Monthly Running total currently: $254.54

Aldi : 53.50
Acme: $16.40
weekly total:  $69.90
Underbudget!  I am totally not surprised.  It was slim pickings the end of the week, and we did some serious pantry/freezer eating.   We are doing pretty well in terms of budget.  I have 2 shopping trips left this month.  I looked at the calendar, and this is a tricky month because I counted my end of feb shopping trip towards March, making this month 5 weeks.  

 
No grocery picture this week!  One of my goals this week was to try to do some baking for breakfasts.  I got my act together and made a loaf of pumpkin bread!  I used this recipe from Deb over at Smitten Kitchen.  She comments that the sugar is the perfect amount and the bread is not too sweet.  And I have made it before following her exact recipe and it is perfectly delicious!  This time, though, to try to be more healthful, I cut the sugar back to 1 cup.
Saturday 3/11
Dinner |dinner over at friends house.  We brought some salad.  She made a turkey and stuffing meatloaf which was delicious!
Sunday 3/12
Dinner | beef tacos
Monday 3/13
Dinner |turkey meat laoves and scalloped potatoes
Tuesday 3/14
Dinner | homemade white pizza
Wednesday 3/15
Dinner | take out (Mr Bird and Little Bird got slices out, and I had a solo night and did chick fil a drive through)
Thursday 3/16
Dinner | breakfast for dinner (Mr Bird did the planning, shopping, and cooking!)
Friday 3/17
Dinner | planning on making salmon and rice (but we might end up with take out due to work/timing)
I am extremely pleased that we only did 1 night of takeout.  It was unplanned, but definitely nice and needed!  My work hours were longer than I expected this week, which made coming home to cook dinner more challenging.  I had actually made the turkey meatloaves Monday night and all we had to do was reheat them. So really I wasn’t able to cook dinner any day but Monday.  I am thinking this is going to need to be a normal thing going forward.
I am really hoping to get a better grip on some quick week night meals.  It is a new challenge for me!  I used to work only a few 12-hour shifts a week and could easily spend my days off cooking nice slow and delicious meals!  Now that I am working a more traditional 9-5 job, I am struggling to find meals that can be ready in 30 minutes with minimal prep work that night.  It’s hard to prep while entertaining a hungry toddler.  Make-ahead casseroles are working well, but I can’t seem to be interested in eating casserole more than 1 night a week ( minus leftovers)!  I need to remind myself to have patience, and takeout for a period of time while we get into a new groove is okay.
Any suggestions for recipes that reheat well?
 
What did you eat this week?

What I spent and What we Ate


 

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goal budget is $125/week or $500/month – Monthly Running total currently: $184.64

Aldi : $63.52
weekly total: $63.52
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 This was a SUPER quick picture snapped on the conveyer belt at Aldi.  Here is what I bought, half and half, 3 half gallons of organic whole milk, 2 packages of goldfish, 4 bagged caesar salads, grapes, egg noodles, 2 packages of ground turkey, 1 package of organic chicken breasts, 1 package of frozen mixed vegetables, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 2 packages of butter, grass fed ground beef, and taco shells  I am sure I got a few other things, but I can’t remember them!
 
Saturday 3/4
Dinner |linguini, tomato sauce and chicken
Sunday 3/5
Dinner | tacos
Monday 3/6
Dinner | chicken noodle casserole *this was a new recipe, and I am not sure I loved it.  I think I would make it again, and leave the mixed veggies out and serve a vegetable on the side.  The creamy chicken and noodles were delicious!  I just don’t always care for veggies mixed in with
Tuesday 3/7
Dinner |Rotisserie chicken, rice, salad and bread (provided by my in-laws!)
Wednesday 3/8
Dinner |take out pizza from a  local coal fired pizza place (in-laws for the win again here!)
Thursday 3/9
Dinner |Chinese delivery (I had planned on leftovers, but then had a hankering for some chinese food)
Friday 3/10
Dinner | ??  Maybe takeout, or something easy at home.
So this was a totally crazy week!  Mr. Bird was out of town traveling for work monday-friday.  His parents came in to help for 3 nights.  With my new job and still adjusting to my schedule, this was not my finest meal planning week.  But hey, I made an effort and packed a lunch every day.  So that’s somewhat of a win!
What did you eat this week?  Have you tried any new recipes?
How do you cope with a busy week and meal planning? 

What I spent and What we Ate


 

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goal budget is $125/week or $500/month – Monthly Running total currently: $121.12

Fresh Direct : 58.76
Produce Club : 2.00
Aldi : 60.36
weekly total:  $121.12
Underbudget (barely).  I was a little surprised by this: I didn’t buy a ton of food or do a ton of stocking up. I think the culprit is FreshDirect.  FreshDirect is super convenient (hello online grocery shopping and delivery to my door!), but I definitely pay a premium for it.  

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I snapped this photo of our cart!  Pretty basic shopping trip.  I picked up some jars of tomato sauce for a quick pasta night if needed, as well as stocking up on some chicken broth (I used up all of my homemade broth).  I try not to eat a ton of bread/carbs, but I have been eyeing the organic breads that our Aldi recently started carrying, so I bought a loaf and might have toast this week for breakfast.  You might also spy in the cart a tub of frozen eclairs.  We go to a small group every Sunday and there are always snacks, and we have never brought anything, so for $5 an easy treat to share with our friends.  I also bought pack of Kerrygold butter.  Total impulse buy, but I keep seeing ads for it on Top Chef, so I wanted to try it for myself.  I’ll let you know if my butter and toast is exceptional!
Saturday 2/25
Dinner |homemade white broccoli and sausage pizza
Sunday 2/26
Dinner | chicken won ton soup and salad
Monday 2/27
Dinner | chicken teriyaki
Tuesday 2/28
Dinner | turkey meatloaves and potatoes
Wednesday 3/1
Dinner | leftover turkey meatloaves
Thursday 3/2
Dinner | takeout pizza
Friday 3/3
Dinner | planning on making salmon and rice
**I am extremely pleased that we only did 1 night of takeout.  It was unplanned, but definitely nice and needed!  My work hours were longer than I expected this week, which made coming home to cook dinner more challenging.  I had actually made the turkey meatloaves Monday night and all we had to do was reheat them. So really I wasn’t able to cook dinner any day but Monday.  I am thinking this is going to need to be a normal thing going forward.
Any suggestions for recipes that reheat well?
What did you eat this week?

What I spent and What we Ate


 

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goal budget is $125/week or $500/month – Monthly Running total currently: $436.39

Produce Club $2.00
Aldi $52.43
vacation Stop and Shop: $65
total= $119.43
Underbudget (barely).  I debated whether or not to take the stop and shop groceries out of our grocery budget or our vacation budget.  But since we have been doing so well on groceries this month, I decided to just lump it in with groceries.  We did a lot of pantry and leftover eating this week.  No new exciting dishes, just some old favorites.

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(I just snapped this quick picture of my groceries on the conveyer belt.  We have been enjoying the $1.99 bagged salads as quick lunches when we don’t have leftovers.  Aldi also had pancetta for $2.49, which is a steal compared to what I pay elsewhere so I stocked up and bought 4 packages.  They last about 3-4 months in the fridge, and much longer in the freezer.  Little Bird has been loving those danimals yogurt smoothies, and although I don’t love the $ or the sugar content, it is a nice bribe to get him to eat his dinner (and hey, there are worse things to bribe with than a yogurt smoothie right?!).

Saturday 2/18
Dinner | vacation  (homemade lasagna, broccoli and garlic bread)
Sunday 2/19
Dinner | fried rice and teriyaki chicken (freezer/pantry)
Monday 2/20
Dinner | fish cakes (freezer) and root vegetable casserole
Tuesday 2/221 
Dinner | frozen pizza
Wednesday 2/22
Dinner | risotto
Thursday 2/23
Dinner | leftovers and bagels (totally random, but better than take out!)
Friday 2/24
Dinner | homemade white pizza

What I spent and What we Ate


 

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goal budget is $125/week or $500/month – Monthly Running total currently: $317.16

Fresh Direct : $46.66
Produce Club $2.25
Aldi $15.45
total= $64.36
UNDER BUDGET!  Woo hoo, This is significantly under budget.  I attribute this to some serious meal planning with simple eating.
Saturday 2/11
Dinner | Store rotisserie chicken, left over risotto and beans
Sunday 2/12
Dinner |  veggie lo mein and white rice (meal kit from FreshDirect)
Monday 2/13
Dinner | chicken and broccoli (meal kit from FreshDirect)
Tuesday 2/14
Dinner | take out/date night
Wednesday 2/15
Dinner | thai style noodles and veggie (meal kit from FreshDirect
Thursday 2/16
Dinner | broccoli and sausage white pizza (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)
Friday 2/17
Dinner | vacation get away (we are headed out of town and will be away until Sunday. I am hoping to do as much cooking as possible at our rental)

What I spent and What We Ate (February 4-10)

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goal budget is $125/week or $500/month
$76.50– FreshDirect
$6.50– produce club
$31.36 – Aldi
total – $114.36  ($10 under budget!)
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I was pretty pleased with my cooking this week.  I was able to use up some produce (butternut squash, cauliflower and sweet potatoes) and use up the coconut milk that was going to expire next month!  We also stuck to our goal of eating vegetarian a few times week.  We had 2 “meal kits” that we ordered from FreshDirect, they were ok–although extremely convenient, the flavors and cooking methods aren’t our favorites.
Saturday 2/4
Breakfast | fruit
Lunch | leftover chicken wonton soup
Dinner | leftovers/freezer findings
Sunday 2/5
Breakfast | omelets
Lunch |  Chicken curry, rice (from freezer), naan and roasted cauliflower
Dinner |  misc. snacks at super bowl party!
Monday 2/6
Breakfast | fruit
Lunch | leftovers
Dinner | Moroccan Chicken, quinoa and salad.
Tuesday 2/7
Breakfast | fruit
Lunch | salads
Dinner | Root Vegetable Gratin and salad from this recipe!  Blog post about it coming soon!
Wednesday 2/8
Breakfast | oatmeal and fruit
Lunch | leftovers
Dinner | thai coconut and curry butternut squash soup and bread  (we were not huge fans of this soup-oh well!)
Thursday 2/9
Breakfast | oatmeal and fruit
Lunch | leftover soup
Dinner | garlic chicken, smashed potatoes and salad
Friday 2/10
Breakfast | fruit
Lunch | leftovers and salad
Dinner | bacon egg and leek risotto and brussel sprouts

What I Spent and What We Ate

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goal budget is $125/week or $500/month
$78.87- FreshDirect ($50 off coupon + free delivery)
Produce club -$26.08
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Produce Club
Aldi – $40.37
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Aldi
Total: 145.32 That’s only $20.32 over budget!  I am super excited about this!!!  I stocked up on enough groceries at Aldi that I won’t need much next week, and our produce club will be closer to $5 next week as well.  I am hopeful we will be under budget!
Saturday 1/28
breakfast |  crustless spinach quiche, blueberry muffins and potato latkes
lunch | salad
dinner | fish cakes made with leftover salmon, leftover rice, and salad
Sunday 1/29
breakfast | leftover quiche and bananas
lunch | leftover fish cakes and salad
dinner | take out
Monday 1/30
breakfast | bananas and oatmeal
lunch | leftovers
dinner | Chicken Tacos with cornbread
Tuesday 1/31
breakfast | bananas and oatmeal
lunch | lunch date in Philly
dinner | Chicken Stir fry, white rice and salad.  The chicken stir fry was from a FreshDirect meal kit.  The meal kit was 13.99 and included the below ingredients.  It did not come with the rice or salad, but those were easy enough for me to add.
 It was enough for 2 adults and 1 toddler for dinner and enough for one of us to have leftovers.  It was super easy to make and a great option!  I am sure I could have made this for way cheaper without the meal kit, but i think it was well worth the convenience.
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FreshDirect Chicken Stir Fry Kit
Wednesday 2/1
breakfast | bananas
lunch | leftovers
dinner | Chicken Enchiladas, salad and leftover cornbread
Thursday 2/2
breakfast | fruit
lunch | leftover chicken enchiladas
dinner | Chicken WonTon Soup
Friday 2/3
breakfast | fruit
lunch | leftovers
dinner | Pizza slices for Mr. Bird and little bird, I am having dinner with my book club
What did you spend and what did you eat this week?

What I Spent and What we Ate

 

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I am hoping for this to become a regular weekly post!  As a busy working mom, getting healthy meals on the table each week is definitely a lot of work.  I strive to get the best deal and save money when we can, but I have also learned that sometimes it is worth it to spend for convenience.

This was probably a strange week for me to start this up.  It was my birthday and we hosted a party and we had family staying in town with us.  But better now than never!

Here’s what I spent:
$79.85 at aldi (pantry staples, breakfast foods and some produce)
$75 at wegmans (party sandwich platter and supplies)
$14 produce club (I will write a future post about this great way I get produce!)
$40 at Wegmans (salmon, rice pilaf and spinach)

Total: 208.85  **definitely on the higher side, and we had some takeout mixed in.  Hoping to do better next week.  We don’t have a specific set grocery budget as we are still trying to get in the groove with our busy schedules and balancing cost with convenience.

Saturday
Dinner: pantry black bean pasta with tomato sauce and spring salad
Sunday
Breakfast- homemade granola, english muffins, stolen and fruit
Lunch-tuna melts and butternut squash soup
Dinner-tortellini soup, salad with cranberries, pecans, blue cheese, apples and balsamic dressing
Monday
Brunch out with my sister for a birthday treat
Lunch- pizza ($16 +salad)
Dinner- Sandwich tray , leftover soup, chips. Party food (pigs in a blanket, spinach dip and hummus and veggies)
Tuesday
breakfast- fruit, English muffins, yogurt
Lunch-leftover sandwiches and fruit
Dinner- salad and roasted potatoes
Wednesday
Breakfast- fruit
Lunch-leftovers
Dinner- salad and roasted potatoes (leftovers)
Thursday
Breakfast-eggs/pancakes
Lunch-leftovers at my parents
Dinner- lasagna, salad and bread at my parents
Friday
Breakfast- fruit
Lunch-leftovers/stuff from fridge and pantry
Dinner- Salmon, roasted cauliflower, rice pilaf and green beans
Saturday
Breakfast- crustless spinach and egg quiche, blueberry muffins and potato latkes

Lunch-salad/stuff from fridge