This month was pretty normal.  Baseball ended the second week so we had more typical weekday dinners.  We were out a bunch for weekend BBQs, but often brought something so I don’t think that is skewing the data much.

Some observations about this month.  First, its substantially higher than recent months.  Frankly, I attribute this to eating better.  Fish and nice cuts of meat are more expensive than chicken nuggets, pizza, and pasta which were finding a lot of space in our diets with the hectic schedule.  Second, Wegman’s has swung firmly ahead of Stop & Shop.  I’m not sure if this will continue or not.  There are still some items that are better to buy at Stop & Shop and it is much closer (plus I don’t have to pass the mall at Christmas).  But, Stop & Shop didn’t do themselves any favors this summer.  For the first time in many years there were not weekly coupons for money off/free items.  Second, my specific location just made shopping difficult by replacing the easily accessible bag stands with semi-reuseable bags that on had to pay for.  Since I take very few bags when I shop and use those that I do regularly, I didn’t appreciate having to take time to scrounge for bags upon arrival.  The most recent two times this problem seems to have been addressed, though so maybe it was temporary.

  • August TOTAL: $1046.93
    • Stop & Shop: $111.60
    • Wegman’s: $219.81
    • BJs: $399.22
    • Other: $316.30
      • Local: $170.91
      • Star Market: $95.98
      • Trader Joe’s: $27.99
      • Target: $21.42
      • Other: $0

I only made two shopping trips this week.  Frankly, I’m looking forward to taking fewer people shopping so some of this is putting off the inevitable until the boys are in school.

I was at Stop & Shop mid-week.


Then, over the weekend we went to Wegman’s.


I expect to visit BJs later this week, but I’m not sure I’ll have to go to a grocery store again until next week.  We’ll see.

Here’s the menu plan for this week.  You’re seeing fajitas again because they got postponed from last week.  In general, the schedule dictates that the kids are going to eat by themselves Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays through soccer season.


Grilled steaks
Pan fried potatoes
Green beans

Beef clod
Potato salad

Green beans

Nacho chicken
Corn on the cob

Kids: Chicken nuggets
Adults: Homemade mac n cheese

Kids: Eggs
Adults: Homemade pizza