Guess My Grocery Budget Game! – Week 1

Y’all. I am running on serious fumes right now. I don’t know what was going on last night, but my children did not sleep. I did not sleep. My husband did not sleep. I have history of making bad shopping decisions while tired so we’ll see how my weekly grocery shopping trip goes today (eek) but in the meantime, here’s a report from last week and some thoughts on how it went:

Okay, last week’s meals. Here we go. Starting on Tuesday, October 20th:

Tuesday: We actually started with left overs. The entire day was spent eating left overs from previous meals. Since I wasn’t planning the game at that point I didn’t keep track, but dinner included left over spaghetti, I believe. I had gone grocery shopping earlier that day but we didn’t need to start using any of the new food yet.

Wednesday: My mother-in-law sent over a boatload of left over cowboy stew with husband one evening as he was leaving their house. That wasn’t planned, but hey, not gonna pass up free and delicious food.

Thursday: So here is where my meal plan was supposed to start on Wednesday. We had Stuffed bell peppers for dinner. Green bell peppers stuffed with a ground beef and cream cheese mixture seasoned with Italian seasonings and a little mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top. I made four halves and we had one left over.

Friday: Roasted chicken leg quarters with broccoli and red potatoes. We also had dessert on this night. I took two of those homemade tortillas and wrapped them around strawberries, cream cheese and a little drizzle of honey and lightly pan-fried them on the stove. Strawberry burritos, I guess? I don’t know. But they were awesome. They were not planned. Oops.

Easy Strawberry dessert


Easy strawberry dessert

Saturday: Okay, we did sit down and have breakfast together this day. Scrambled eggs with salsa on those very same tortillas. We’ve really just been looking for excuses to eat the tortillas. Left overs for lunch. Chicken fajitas for dinner (this was use up the roast chicken from prior meal and bell peppers from Thursday’s meal). We still have a couple bell peppers left. I have plans for them.

Sunday: Oatmeal for breakfast. Had lunch after church at my sister-in-law’s house (it was AWESOME). For dinner: Spaghetti with a homemade meat sauce and homemade ciabatta bread.

Monday: Pasta fagioli (which is pasta and beans – a family recipe – LOVE it) with green beans and some of that homemade ciabatta bread again. I know. We should knock that off.

That’s it folks. It’s Tuesday and I’m hoping to go shopping this morning (kids are both still asleep thanks to previously mentioned awful night so we’ll see how this goes down).

My thoughts: We had plenty to eat. Never hungry (probably ate too much) and did a good job with left overs, though, I couldn’t shake the nervous feeling I had as we started to run out of things and it wasn’t Tuesday yet – but it was actually good to not have most of those things left over at the start of this week. At this point the only cooked left overs we have in the fridge are the pasta fagioli (my husband is finishing the spaghetti and meat sauce off for lunch today). We do have some uncooked food which I froze before cooking what I wanted for the week. This may help a lot as I try to stay under budget this week. What is not listed above are the peanut butter sandwiches (on homemade sandwich bread) and snacks that happened throughout the week by mostly my kids which were mostly fruit and I definitely need to buy more fruit this time around.  We were out of fruit by yesterday and I never want to be out of fruit – apples and bananas, especially, are two of the very few foods my daughter willingly eats that I feel good about her eating every day. If it had been any earlier than yesterday, I would have broken my “no second trips to the store” rule to get more. Also, I went over my weekly grocery budget by about $3. This makes me nervous because I want to buy more fruit this week and it’s time to stock up on diapers and wipes, but we’ll see what I can make happen with the sales and deals that are going on this week.

I’ll see you back here next Tuesday!

What would have been your favorite dinner day at my house this past week?

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8 Comments on Guess My Grocery Budget Game! – Week 1

  1. Elizabeth
    October 27, 2015 at 8:40 PM (2 years ago)

    I wish my kids would eat beans. Then I would try your pasta fagioli. Hoping for better sleep for all.

    • notimefordiy
      October 28, 2015 at 7:42 AM (2 years ago)

      It was a long time before I happily ate beans. Even to this day, only certain kinds will do, so I’m with them, but the chick peas in the pasta fagioli I can handle!

      • Elizabeth
        October 30, 2015 at 12:52 PM (2 years ago)

        Maybe I do need your recipe. Chickpeas don’t look like beans, maybe they won’t count. :)

        • notimefordiy
          October 30, 2015 at 1:37 PM (2 years ago)

          Chickpeas are a good gateway bean. :)

      • Elizabeth
        October 30, 2015 at 12:53 PM (2 years ago)

        ooo new blog post – Nicole’s super wonderful Italian cooking recipes. It could be a series. (Can you tell I’m escaping from my real life for a bit? Thank you for the distraction.)

        • notimefordiy
          October 30, 2015 at 1:34 PM (2 years ago)

          Escape away, Sister! I’ve thought about doing some of my Italian family recipes…the problem is…the recipes go something like this: “Alright now add some oregano and basil and some garlic powder until it tastes right…okay now dump a little wine in there – not too much…” not very, um, specific. It is hard to put those recipes into the form they would need to be for someone to follow along, I think!

  2. Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog
    November 3, 2015 at 11:32 PM (2 years ago)

    What a fun post. You were so resourceful! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – hope to see you again this weekend!

    • notimefordiy
      November 5, 2015 at 11:44 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Cheslea! We’ll see how resourceful I was at the end of this four weeks. I’m cutting it reaeaeally close!


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