It’s that time of week again for my weekly grocery haul and meal plan. This week’s grocery haul is a little different than lasts weeks because I cut my grocery bill by 25%. The last couple of weeks I’ve been diving back into the cash envelopes and breaking down the costs for things. One thing I like to do is buy my meat in bulk so I calculated the cost of 1/4 cow, 80 lbs of chicken and about 50 lbs of pork and it equaled about $100/month. So instead of adding another $100 to our monthly budget, I decided to pull $25 from each week and to my surprise this week I was able to keep it under budget, UNDER my $75 budget.
I spent in total $61 of my $75 grocery budget. I do expect that I might have to go back and grab a couple fresh produce items since I didn’t have that in my grocery haul on Tuesday. I am also going to be moving my grocery haul days to Thursdays while I believe I have enough food to make two extra days, I’ll use that extra $14 just in case I need more food.
I will post more about my cash envelopes and how I divide them up and how much I put in them in a few weeks after I get the kinks all out. But I will go ahead and share my grocery haul and meal plan for this week with.
I didn’t get a whole grocery haul picture because I was a little pressed for time because James was going to get off the bus in a couple of minutes.
Aldi’s Haul $33
2% milk, syrup, 1 dozen eggs, 1 lb of strawberries, almond milk, banana, mini muffins, green grapes, 8 baby food pouches, 2 avacados, 3 lb apples, grape tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, peanut buter, 2 shells and cheese.
Meijer’s Haul – $28
3 – 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, ben and jerry’s ice cream, big bag of tootie fruities (off-brand fruit loops), 2 icing tubs, 1 bag of chocolate chips, loaf of texas toast, smoked sausage, 1 can of green beans.
*when I saw that I was gonna come in under budget I brought some extra stuff. I like to follow the rule of buy one for now and 2 for later and thats what I did with the ice cream. It was only $1.88 each so $1.11 off so I had the room and grab two extra for later.
My Meal Plan
Tuesday – Homemade Pizza*
Thursday- Smoked Sausage, mac n cheese, and green beans
Saturday- Steak and Potatoes*
Sunday – French Toast
I put a * by the meals that I rolled over from last week. We had a couple of things popped up during the week where either I didn’t have time to make dinner or didn’t have to so to save money, I just put them on the schedule again.
The recipe for the chicken fingers isn’t the one that I’m gonna use on Monday because I’m starting the Whole 30 again and need to use one without flour.
What does your meal plan look like this week?
How much do you spend on groceries each week?