In order to understand something I need to have someone show me each step, then after seeing exactly how it works I am ready to go on my own. So this week I thought, along with my menu plan, I would then show my grocery shopping trip for the week and how much it cost me. That way, if anyone learns like I do, they will be able to connect a menu plan with how much it will cost and be able to plan around their food budget easier.
Monday: Beef Stroganoff in the crockpot ( this is a variation from a few different sources)
roasted potatoes with garlic
Tuesday: Mongolian Beef in the Crockpot ( I was going to have this last week but didn’t have meat thawed) served over rice
Wednesday: Crockpot Meatloaf
Thursday: Dinner Club
Friday: Crockpot Chicken Alfredo
Saturday: stirfry with beef and veggies
Sunday: Chicken Pot Pie
Lunches: turkey sandwiches
Mac N Cheese with ground beef
chicken noodle soup
Breakfasts: oatmeal, eggs on toast, waffles from freezer (made extras last week)
My food budget is $50 which includes our raw milk. Our milk is $10 for 1 gallon so this takes a fifth of our budget. It is important to us, though, so we make it work.
Here is what I have bought for the week of groceries so far, and I only have a few things left to buy.
First I went to Safeway to snatch up their sweet $5 off of 5 deal. I bought all these groceries and the total came to $10.66. I then paid the $10 with my catalina from the Home for the Holidays promotion so my total OOP was $.66! Sadly, I have no more catalinas to continue rolling, but hopefully there will be another deal coming soon to gain some more.
Then I went to Winco and bought almost all of the rest of my groceries.
Here is my list: Foster Farms chicken breasts, Adams peanut butter, 5 lbs. carrots, bananas, mushrooms, lettuce, red pepper, 2 packs Yakisoba noodles, Tillamook sour cream, 2 cans cream of chicken, 2 cans chicken gravy, 1 can black bean, 1 can cream of mushroom and a bag of Rhodes dinner rolls (for Christmas morning, I’m planning ahead).
This total came to $29.03.
I need to buy broccoli still so I am either going to get it at Fred Meyer for $.88 lb. or I will go to Walmart and use my $1/1 coupons to get some free frozen broccoli. At most I will be adding another $2 to my grocery total.
Okay, so my total cost of groceries this week, including milk, is $41.69.
If this seems extraordinarily low to some of you keep in mind that
A) I recently bought 1/4 of a cow so I don’t have to buy red meat for awhile, that may have added $15-$20 more to my budget
B) There are four people in our home but one is a toddler who sometimes has a voracious appetite and eats as much as I do and sometimes he’ll only eat yogurt, plus our 10 month old who doesn’t really eat food yet as he is still primarily nursing. (Mainly because mama is too lazy to start preparing meals for him, bad mama.)
I don’t think he’s starving though, do you?
I can’t say enough good things about menu planning and shopping by a list with a budget. It is the only way I can keep my budget as low as it is. I also regularly remind myself that I live in a country that on average eats way too much and that even with my strict shopping list my family is eating much more every day than most of the world’s population.
Hope this helps someone out, and remember, there’s always next week!
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