This week in frugal food {what we spent & what we ate}

I apologize for the blog silence over the last week. I came down with what my doctor diagnosed as viral pneumonia. {Truth be told I don’t care what it’s called, it was awful.} I was laid up for 5 straight days and am just now starting to feel like myself. If it wasn’t for my meal prep last Sunday, we would have likely eaten takeout all week. But since I had food prepped and ready to go, Mr. Daisy took over dinner duties when he got home from work each night. So – back to our regularly scheduled programming! 🙂

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Last week’s roundup

You can see our meal plan from last week HERE and I am so proud to say that we stuck to meal plan every night except one! Because of how awful I was feeling, I didn’t get around to throwing ingredients in the crockpot for vegetable soup. Instead, Mr. Daisy cooked up some turkey paninis for him and Little Daisy and I made myself some Ramen.

Weekly frugal shopping trip

Little Daisy and I made our way out to do some grocery shopping today while Mr. Daisy worked in the garage. We spent $67.04 at our regional retail chain and $11.22 at ALDI. I mentioned in last week’s post that I had been avoiding ALDI due to how incredibly packed it is. It was no different today, there were only 4 carts left! But, the prices again reminded me of why I need to suck it up and just do it. The prices make it worth it. For example, Mr. Daisy loves to have pretzel rods with chip dip as a snack. Pretzel rods at the regional chain store are $4.59 for a rather small bag. At ALDI, a large tub is only $3.49. Sliced Muenster cheese at the regional store is $2.50 for 10 slices, and $1.89 for 11 slices at ALDI. Some other great deals at ALDI this week were $0.29/dozen eggs, $1.04/ gallon of milk, and the everyday $0.99 spices. However, the regional store had an amazing stock up deal on bread, $0.50/loaf! I bought 6 and plan to freeze most of the loaves. I’ve never froze bread before, so here’s to hoping it works out. If it doesn’t, I’m only out a handful of change per loaf. I’m over budget by $20ish, but I’m not stressing about it too much.

If you’re interested in a detailed list of what I purchased this week, you can find it in pdf form here: Frugal Shopping Trip April 2 2017

I also snagged some FREE laundry detergent at CVS this week with a coupon, yay!

Weekly frugal meal plan

Breakfast: Nothing out of the ordinary here. I made some blueberry muffins that we’ll work our way through for breakfasts and snacks.

Lunches: I’ll be taking leftovers when they’re available or make a big salad with some lunch meat. Mr. Daisy will take his normal packed lunch.


Monday| Pork shoulder roast in the crockpot

Tuesday| Family dinner at my grandfather’s (not my week to cook, yay!)

Wednesday| Cornbread chili casserole

Thursday| Breakfast for dinner

Friday| Homemade chicken nuggets

There’s not much meal prep on the horizon for this week’s meal plan. I moved the pork shoulder from the deep freezer to the fridge to defrost, cooked up 1 lb of ground venison for Wednesday’s casserole, and made the blueberry muffins.

What’s on your meal plan for the week? Did you stay on budget shopping?


  1. Erik @ The Mastermind Within | 3rd Apr 17

    Glad you are feeling better Mrs. Daisy!

    I eat Breakfast for dinner all the time – I love eggs so much. Thanks for sharing and have a good one!

  2. Katy | 3rd Apr 17

    So glad you are feeling better! Your chili cornbread casserole sounds delicious.

    I did some good meal planning and meal prep this weekend! Dinner for tonight and tomorrow is all ready in the fridge and just needs a few steps that I should be able to do in under 30 minutes!

    • Mrs. Daisy | 3rd Apr 17

      The cornbread chili casserole is so so so good! You just make your favorite version of chili and while it’s cooking make some cornbread ( I use the boxed kind) in a large casserole dish. When the cornbread is done, poke holes throughout and pour your chili on top, sprinkle cheese, and throw back in the over until the cheese is melted. Each scoopful is a wonderful blend of chili with cornbread and it’s so so good! A healthier version of the recipe is on Emily Bites Blog – my favorite food blog!

  3. Katy | 3rd Apr 17

    Thanks for the recipe! Delicious, and easy!

  4. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer | 4th Apr 17

    So glad you are feeling better!! This is where prepping can come in really handy. People often think it’s silly and that prepping is only useful during a zombie apocalypse, but you’ve benefited big time by doing your meal plan ahead of time. Great work!

    • Mrs. Daisy | 4th Apr 17

      Thank you Laurie! And yes, being prepared helped in many other ways while I was sick as well. All of the vehicles had gas, we had a fully stocked pantry, the dogs had their food, and we had clean clothes among many other things!

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