Day 253–Starting Week 37–Budget and Menu

We’ve had a wonderful turn of events in the last week–fall has arrived!!! Saturday was in the 90s and very, very humid. One tremendous rainstorm later and our temperatures are in the 70s, with beautiful, blue skies. It’s as though even nature couldn’t stand one more hazy, humid day!

Our budget this week is $99.46, just a tad under our $100 budget!


  • The Produce Box (okra, apples, tomatoes, potatoes, butternut squash): $23.00
  • Locals Seafood (shrimp, grouper): $18.00
  • Farmhand Foods (pork osso bucco): $10.00
  • Mae Farm (Italian sausage): $8.00
  • Mitchell’s pantry (homemade strawberry jam): $3.00
  • Trader Joes (frozen fruit, yogurt, soy milk, half and half, lemon, mozzarella, frozen leeks, red wine, garlic): $32.46
  • Farmer’s market (onions, peppers): $5.00


Wednesday–leftover pork and cabbage from Monday

Thursday–Italian sausage and peppers pizza

Friday–shrimp and lemon pasta

Saturday–flounder, stewed okra and tomatoes, roasted potatoes

Sunday–Tuscan ragu over parmesan risotto

Monday–leek and goat cheese tart, tomatoes (Meatless Monday)

Tuesday–leftover ragu sauce over Melina’s pasta

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  1. I can’t get enough of this weather! I’m so enthralled that I think we are actually planning to brave the lines at Carowinds this weekend. Score one for good weather and rollercoasters. And this menu. That, too.

  2. Tuscan ragu over Parmesan risotto? Choice my friend 😀
    And I’m loving the sound of the produce box!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. All sounds delicious!

    Question – does your budget and shopping include all meals, or just dinner?

    • Well, our budget includes breakfast and dinner. Our lunches are typically reheated leftovers and Ellie buys lunch at school (which is not calculated in our budget). Our breakfasts are usually smoothies (recipe is in the blog), Ezekiel bread and homemade jam or pancakes. Hope that helps!


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