Today’s Plan!

Well I started my morning budgeting…fun fun. Looking at where my money has been spent so far. I was slightly depressed about my weekly spending over the past two weeks but in retrospect from the 23rd to the 29th my husband had to buy a new radiator for his truck (that was $182) and a new winter jacket for my daughter for next year (it was 50% off, the bill was $75). Then for the 1st to the 7th was my vet bill. I plan to be back on track for the rest of the month.

So I’ve always been a big believer that when you buy something then you can get rid of something. Kinda like shoes…when I buy new runners than I throw out the old, only keeping one spare pair. Or when you buy a new winter jacket, then we donate the old one to the Snowsuit Fund. Well my husband showed me the Canadian Tire flyer and they have 70% off a 5 piece stoneware set of cookware. Normally $99.99 for $29.99. He knows I prefer stoneware…so I will be picking that up and getting rid of the old stuff (actually giving it to Value Village). Also a 5 quart casserole dish by T-Fal is on sale for $19.99 regularly $59.99. My old one the bottom is peeling off, quite gross.

As far as groceries we don’t need much. Today’s menu is wings and pizza. Unfortunately I cooked my pizza this week as we came home late from the vet so I think I will make the pizza crust in my mixer (my friend says it’s really good). I have sausages and bacon in the freezer and I can use crushed tomatoes for the sauce. I can’t find my curry sauce for wings I used year’s ago so I need to check the internet since I got it there. I bought the wings awhile back because they were same price as buying the pre-sauced ones, which makes them healthier.

I really need to clean up since I work this weekend and March Break starts Monday. I only am working my regular Thursday so I can be home with the kids. Cody is involved with a program at the Y for ASD kids. 3 nights a week for $40 a session. My MIL gave me half towards it (she likes to help out with her grandchildren). Cody isn’t involved in sports where my daughter plays hockey and lacrosse most of the year.

We are having a birthday party for my daughter in 2 weeks since we aren’t around for her actual birthday weekend. I need to start planning and coming up with ideas (some frugal). She’s turning 11 and I would love some ideas. Anyone have some? I don’t want to go anywhere and would like to keep my cost low.


Grocery Spendings (as it relates to my Meal Plan)

I was at Food Basics today and spent 108.09 and Sobey’s I spent 18.11.

On Friday at Costco I spent $19.68 and Walmart was $26.54. Here’s the breakdown.


Sole Filets, 30 in a package – 16.99 – 5.00 = 11.99 (For Monday 5 and Tuesday 13)
Yoplait Tubes, 3 boxes – 7.69 (For School Lunches)


Coffee (K Cups), 2 boxes – 11.77 * 2 = 23.54
Soup, 6 cans – .50 * 6 = 3.00 (Lunches)


Sour Cream – 1.99
Bacon – 2 for 7.00
Lean Ground Beef (5.5 lbs @ 2.49 lb) = $14.12 (

Food Basics

Cream – 2.49 (Coffee)
French Fries – 2 for 3.00 (Lunches/Supper)
Bread – 2 @ 1.88 = 3.76 (Lunches)
No Name Margarine – 1.99 (Baking)
Apple Juice Bottles – 1.99 (Lunches)
Marshmallows – 2.29 (Baking, Rice Krispies Squares)
Milk – 4.47
Canned Diced Tomatoes 2 @ 1.00 = 2.00
Frozen Juice – 4 @ .69 = 2.76
Canned Vegetables – 4 @ .89 = 2.56
Canned Pineapples – 1.19
Fish Sauce – .99 (Recipe)
Cereal – 2 @ 1.99 + 3.00 + 3.99 = 10.97
A Handful of Spices – Not expensive for what I got
Coconut Extract – 2.39 (Recipe)
Mayo – 2.99
A Whole Bunch of Fruits and Vegetables (All on sale)
Chocolate Chips – 5.99 (Baking tomorrow!)
Coleslaw – 1.50
Chicken Drumsticks (Club Pack) x 2 = 13.10 (Most of my 2 week recipes, a whole package left over)
Chicken Thighs (Club Pack) x 2 = 10.43 (All of my 2 week recipes)

I don’t think I forgot anything but I should be good for then next two weeks except few fruits and veg, milk and eggs.

Grocery and Meal Plan

I’ve spent the morning working on a TWO week meal plan. Since in 2 weeks it’s March Break, I’ll only be working 1 shift. Next week I’m working 3 days plus my weekend. I give myself $230-250 for 2 weeks of groceries and I spent $46 in groceries and $10 in household.

Here’s the plan.

Saturday (tonite) – Fried Chicken and Coleslaw –  made this before. Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks are on sale at Food Basics 1.88 lb (I’m picking up 3 meals worth of each); Dole Salad Bags are on sale as well for 1.97.

Sunday – Roast Beef, Potatoes and Vegetables

Monday – Fish (Cod/Salmon), Rice and Vegetables

Tuesday – Whole Chicken, Potatoes and Vegetables

Wednesday – Mexican Cornbread Casserole and Salad. Ground beef is on sale at $2.49 lb at Sobeys

Thursday – Lasagna, Salad and Garlic Bread

Friday – Wings and Pizza


Saturday – Chicken Fingers, Pasta and Raw Vegetables

Sunday – Meatloaf and Potatoes

Monday – Peanut Satay with Couscous

Tuesday – Cod Fritters and Salad (looked great on the episode)

Wednesday – Butter Chicken, Rice and Vegetables

Thursday – Slow Cooker Ribs and Rice

Friday – Chili and Cornbread

Saturday – Fried Chicken and Coleslaw (same as tonite!)

Now how ambitious am I?! I have my grocery list done, which I’ll post later but alot of the major items are already in my freezer and cupboards and/or I found on sale this week and I’ll stock some for next week to reduce next weeks groceries.

Sandwiches or Leftovers?!

I’ve always spent way too much money on sandwich meat. 500 grams of luncheon meat usually cost me somewhere upwards to $10.00 a week. Then I found Food Basics had most meats at $1.25-1.53 per 100 grams so I could buy two packages of meat for $5.00. I bought 2 packages Sunday and froze one for next week as I did the previous 2 weeks. Shockingly, I made only 2 sandwiches all week!

Monday – I made my son/daughter a sandwich (split in half). My husband took Sunday leftovers.

Tuesday – My daughter had school lunch (paid for) and my son and husband took Monday leftovers.

Wednesday – My son had school lunch (paid for) and my daughter took a sandwich but my husband took Tuesday’s lunch since he came home sick.

We have only opened the first package of two and there’s plenty left. I’m starting to think it’s cheaper to make extra supper and keep leftovers. I could essentially use only half a package a week.

Tonight I’m making Easy Ranch Chicken and I was going to use make 3 of 5 and split one for the kids but I think I’ll just make them all and I guarantee you there will be leftovers. Also I realized that I’m out of Ranch Dressing so I’ll make my own.

Menu Planning Ideas? Cooking from Scratch?

Looking for some menu plans where you can pick and choose what you’d like to do? Are you looking for a more natural whole food approach or something traditional? Or maybe you are on a special diet?

Check out Once a Mom’s website.

Initially I was thinking of doing once a month cooking and I realized that wasn’t the way I wanted to go. But maybe you’d be interested in freezer cooking?  Tricia provides menus and printable grocery lists and recipe cards.

She’s also on Pinterest.

It’s worth checking out here site.

Supper Tonight

As I posted earlier where the recipes come from. Here’s the pictures.

That’s 4 of 6 buns…should have been 8…

And the finished platter.