*UPDATE: This was originally posted in January on the old blog*
A meal plan, if it’s going to work, isn’t broken down into weekly measured portions and their associated costs. It’s a mix of this week’s purchases, what’s in your pantry, gifts and ground-scores.
So, following this format, I’m pitching in my budget. I spend $50-$75 a week on me and my husband (plus the weekly family dinner of 6 people, my younger siblings’ weekly visit, and all of the friends that come and devour my muffins. Every. Freaking. Day.)
But we have no other sources of food beyond our budget. No garden, herbs in the window sill – nothing. I use coupons sparingly – the store ad for wherever I’m shopping and coupons.com. Nothing complex. About 10 minutes a week and I save about $5 each shopping trip.
This week we bought:
Breakfast cereal, powdered sugar, brown sugar, canned green chilles, 1 jar of Alfredo sauce, ramen, chamomile tea, raspberry tea, butter, frozen broccoli, whole milk, organic coconut milk, Italian sausages, liquid smoke, garbanzo beans, “amish” popcorn kernels (an heirloom variety that’s rainbow), rolled oats, 2 whole chickens, bananas, red grapes, grapefruit and ginger.
Apple banana smoothies
Apple cinnamon muffins
Spinach scrambled eggs
Scallion pancakes with rice and pork
Chipotle-roasted sprouted chickpeas (sprouted totally on accident… whoops.)
Apple cinnamon muffins
Pickled eggs (just throw boiled eggs in an empty pickle jar with leftover juice. One batch per pickle jar.)
French bread (homemade) and butter
Peanut butter edible cookie dough
I didn’t get off work until midnight so we had easy burritos with pre-cooked taco meat from the freezer, cheese, onions and pinto beans.
We had the weekly family dinner – it’s not our turn yet to cook. On average we cook once a month for this and spend $10-$15 just on this meal because there’s 6-10 adults plus a handful of kids.
I introduced my husband to onigiri. Specifically, we had it stuffed with pork and broccoli and mine had yummy ginger glazed salmon. I did a lot of meal-prep Saturday and Sunday.
Chicken Alfredo with garlic bread and broccoli
Green chille burritos with refried beans, cheese and rice.
Meal Prepping I did this week:
These foods were prepared over the course of the weekend. Some was stashed away for later and some was consumed this week.
- Sprouted and roasted chickpeas.
- 2 shredded whole chickens – produced 10 meals’ worth (cost me $10)
- 3 loaves of french bread (cost me $1.50 to make)
- 24 apple cinnamon muffins ($4 for the whole batch)
- 3 cups of plain white rice
- 2 quarts chicken broth (free, from the leftover chicken carcasses!)
- 6 cups refried beans (not actually fried – done in the slowcooker)
- 3 frozen “microwave” burritos for busy days
- Beet-Carrot-Ginger juice (2 quarts’ worth)
This week’s total spent: $74.39
How do you make your meal plan work?