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. I’m currently breastfeeding so I eat twice as much as I previously did.
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, the occasional newspaper and coupons.com. When I get the mood I also use Ibotta, Grocery 51 and MobiSave. But these aren’t included in my grocery budget; they pay for date night.
THIS WEEK WE BOUGHT:
Bananas, eggs, russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, 1 romaine head, milk, sugar free salad dressing, 3lbs. apples, honey, angel hair pasta, 8oz salad shrimp, 1 cabbage head, red onion, celery, 2 lbs. Bag of carrots, 1 corned beef roast, 8oz. saltwater salmon, asparagus, cilantro, 2 tomatoes.
Oatmeal with honey
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothies
Scrambled eggs and hashbrowns
Baked sweet potato
Thursday – creamy garlic chicken with rice.
Friday – shrimp pasta.
Saturday – chicken stir fry.
Sunday – corned beef with cabbage and potatoes.
Monday – southwest chicken salad.
Tuesday – grilled salmon with asparagus and quinoa.
Wednesday – corned beef hash (using leftover corned beef).
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.
- Crockpot beans
- Boiled eggs
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Chopped cabbage in thin slices.
- Shredded 2 carrots; roughly chopped 1; sliced 4 into sticks.
- Diced small red onion.
- Diced 5 sweet onions.
- Quartered 1 yellow onion.
- Cubed 2 lbs. Chicken breasts
- Shredded lettuce
- Celery sticks
- Minced cilantro
- Diced tomato
THIS WEEK’S TOTAL SPENT:
How do you spend your grocery budget?