*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 hasn’t been the healthiest week for us. I’ve been working late nights so when I come home dinner is the last thing I want to do, and I can’t prep it in the morning because I’m doing homework in the mornings.
This week we bought:
Boneless skinless chicken breast (4 lbs.), ground turkey (2lbs.), mushroom-chicken sausage (1lbs.), beef ramen, coffee creamer, kale, lettuce, green onions, asparagus, bananas, 3lbs. bag of onions, yogurt, 2 boxes of cereal, and 1 jar of pasta sauce.
Meal-share Benefits with Family: 1 whole turkey and 3 goose eggs. My husband’s boss cleaned out his freezer.
From the Garden (and some Foraging): Morel mushrooms(!!) and dandelion greens from our yard (because I know they weren’t sprayed).
Yogurt and granola
Frogs in a Hole
Vegan Chili Verde
Sausage pasta with spinach (sausage+pasta+spinach+milk)
Crunchy roasted chickpeas
Pickled eggs (just throw boiled eggs in an empty pickle jar with leftover juice. One batch per pickle jar – refrigerate please)
French bread (homemade) and butter
Peanut butter edible cookie dough
Thursday – Chicken curry with brown rice
Friday – Enchiladas
Saturday – Turkey and kale soup
Sunday – Ground beef ramen (ground beef+ramen+green onions) and salad
Monday – Turkey gravy over potatoes
Tuesday – Steak, garlic creamed pasta and asparagus
Wednesday – Turkey meatballs with marinara and fresh bread
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.
- 3 loaves of french bread
- Turkey meatballs
- 2 cups brown rice
This week’s total spent: $46.00
How do you spend your grocery budget?