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A peek at our weekly grocery shopping
Each week I plan on sharing a picture of our cart at each store along with a breakdown on what we bought and what we paid. Thankfully we have zero dietary restrictions or allergies which helps us keep our budget on the low side. We try to stick between $80-90 each week for our family of seven. A lot of times what is on the menu doesn’t directly correlate to what we buy because I like to plan our meals from what we have on hand currently and use our budget to stock up on good buys plus produce and dairy products.
I planned this whole week around what we already had on hand so I could use our whole budget for buying extras other than the fresh items we need for the week. Unlike last week I made sure I put down all our immediate needs like carrots, apples, and cheese before adding in all the other items. I didn’t want to risk another screw up and not have what we need for lunches and sides at home.
I’m excited to start prepping more food for our holiday menus! We will be spending a bit more this week because I wanted to buy the brisket now for our Christmas dinner. I budgeted $40 to be sure we’d have enough for the giant slab of meat. In order to offset what we spent extra this week we’ve been setting aside a little from each week’s trips that were under $80 to put towards this month’s groceries. Even a couple dollars each week can add up quickly!
Garlic Powder $0.98
French Fries $4.77 (they raised the price by almost $1!)
*submitted receipt to ibotta for any item rebate (-$0.25)
Total: $18.24 after rebates
Sam’s Club – I totally spaced on taking a picture! Or I did take a picture and it didn’t work…
Sour Cream $3.93
Lit’l Smokies $6.98
Flour 2 @ 0.98 = $1.96
Peanut Butter 2 @ 1.98 = 3.96
Pink Lady Apples $2.98
Honeycrisp Apples $2.97
Frozen Veggies 5 @ 0.48 = $2.40
Grocery Total: $96.13
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I love menu planning and seeing other’s dinner plans! I’m weird like that 😉 As I’ve shared before, being in the kitchen is my happy place so I love finding meals that are new but I also never forget our favorites! These will link to the author’s original recipe unless it’s my own recipe/creation that I don’t have a link for… yet.
If you need some inspiration for how to create menu plans you can read here where I go into detail about how I make a plan for our food week and here to read how I create our grocery list.
I don’t make specific plans for breakfast and lunch but these are the basics I rotate between while throwing in a few other things for special days or weeks when I have the right ingredients.
Breakfasts: Pancakes, Coffee Cake, Egg Sandwiches, Sausage Balls, Eggs (various ways), English Muffins, Banana Bread, Biscuits and Gravy, Oatmeal, and various types of muffins.
Lunches: Leftovers, PB&J, Meat and Cheese Wraps, Cheese Quesadillas, and Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
Dinners, however, are always planned for since they tend to take the most ingredients and prep time.
Here’s what’s on our menu this week:
Sunday: Mushroom Stroganoff
Monday: Chicken Fingers
Tuesday: Taco Pizza
Wednesday: Corn Dog Muffins
Friday: Homemade Pizza and Movie Night – pizza crust recipe here and pizza sauce recipe here.
Saturday: Baked Potato Bar
What’s on your menu this week?
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