Sunday, November 29, 2015

This Week's Low-Cost Menu, Grocery Spending Review.

For the month of November, I started with $170, because I had gone over by $10 in October.  Now, at the end of November, I have almost $20 remaining - $19.78, to be exact.  I did a lot of stocking up on apples and oranges, cream cheese and boneless-skinless chicken thighs.  I spent some on almonds as well, and a few 'treat' items like some crescent roll dough, and I bought a lot of cheese.  I got 40 lbs. of russet potatoes for $3.96, and I got some sweet potatoes for .48/lb.  Mostly, if there was a good sale, I bought.  We also kept romaine lettuce, milk, bread and other basics on hand.  I earned two free items at the bread outlet, but I have not picked those up.  I will probably get them in December.

We have eaten well (I just haven't blogged all of it), and our pantry and freezer are both well stocked.  We are very fortunate to live in an area where grocery prices are comparatively low.

Here is our dinner menu for this week.  I'm adding some notes that explain ways that we're using up some things that were given to us, as well as some odds and ends!

M - wild rice soup (leftover cornish hen meat from Thanksgiving, and a mix given to me by a friend), oyster crackers, sliced cucumber, cutie oranges, homemade chocolate pudding (Milk was 1.69 a gallon this week - woo hoo!)

T - smoked sausage (left over from last week) spaghetti, steamed broccoli, fresh persimmon (we got one to try - we'll see how it goes!)

W - potato chowder with ham (left over from last week) and mixed vegetables (odds and ends), homemade rolls (I think...if I have time!) sliced cucumbers, sliced apples

R - nachos deluxe, sliced oranges

F - elk steaks (given to us by a friend), baked potatoes with butter & sour cream, steamed broccoli, cherry crisp (canned cherries from our tree)

S - Domino's pizza (half price on internet orders this week!) carryout, garden salad with assorted dressings, cutie oranges

S - baked ham, baked sweet potatoes w/cinnamon butter, home-canned green beans, sliced apples (maybe baked apples - we shall see!)

This supper menu does a pretty good job of using up the odds and ends in our fridge, and it's a fairly uncomplicated week, which is lovely, as far as I'm concerned.

What's on the menu at your house this week?


  1. Sounds good!

    Sunday-Italian Salisbury Steaks, they were in the freezer all ready to reheat, Leftover mashed potatoes, green beans and corn from Thanksgiving

    Monday-another freezer meal, Sloppy Joes, oven potato wedges, coleslaw

    Tuesday-meatloaf, baked potatoes, broc, salad

    Wednesday-Taco pulled pork over rice, another freezer meal, cornbread, green beans leftover coleslaw

    Thursday-new recipe, One Pot Chicken Thighs and vegetables, salad-half of this will be Sunday dinner to just reheat

    Friday-a new recipe for chicken chili in the crockpot, I will freeze leftovers as freezer meals, cornbread, carrots and dip

    Sat-homemade pizza and veggies with dip or salad

    I baked bread and chocolate chip banana bread today since it is cold and rainy here and I am not going out in that mess.

    I ran over by about $60 on the grocery budget in November but I decided that I would do so if the deals on stock up items warranted doing so. I just took the money from other budget categories. I don't feel bad about it since I usually don't spend all of the budget and don't roll it over from month to month. I am pretty well stocked now except chocolate chips and I am hoping for a real deal on those in December. December spending should not be high since we will have a small crowd here for the holidays and none of the kids are staying more than 3 days this year. Those grandchildren can really eat!

    Have a good week!

  2. Almost all of our meals this week are based on leftovers from last week, or on white beans, as I ended up soaking too many. I put my meal plan on my blog, but I have to say, we've already deviated from it--it goes that way sometimes. But, it now includes white bean chili, ham and (white) beans, plus we ended up having turkey meatloaf from the turkeys we had butchered on Monday.


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