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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.
Aldi week again! I wanted to get to Aldi in enough time for me to prep some more food for our Christmas meals. I don’t have a huge amount left to do but it’s enough that I’ll be busy this week on Kitchen Day!
We’ve got some incredibly easy meals planned for the week so I can focus on Christmas prep. Luckily the things I have left are foods the kids can help with so they will be excited to get their hands messy in the kitchen. I can’t believe Christmas is so close! Are you ready?
Tortilla Chips 3 @ 1.00 = $3.00
Pretzels 2 @ 1.00 = $2.00
Total: $5.00 after rebates
Cheese Brick $5.87
String Cheese $6.95
Honey Nut Oats $1.39
Fruit Rounds $1.29
Eggs 6 @ 0.48 = $2.88
Small Tortillas 2 @ 1.79 = $3.58
Sour Cream 2 @ 0.89 = $1.78
Large Tortillas $1.39
Creamer 2 @ 1.89 = 3.78
Diced Tomatoes w/ Green Chilis $0.59
Butter 2 @ 1.97 = $3.94
BBQ Sauce $0.99
Brown Mustard $0.89
10lb Potatoes $3.39
Bread 4 @ 0.89 = $3.56
Grape Tomatoes $1.89
Salsa 2 @ 1.49 = $2.98
Cheese Melt $3.99
Ground Pork $3.68
Grocery Total: $79.90
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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: Hot Turkey Sandwiches
Monday: Crunchwrap Supremes
Tuesday: Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday: At Home Salad Bar
Friday: Homemade Pizza and Movie Night – pizza crust recipe here and pizza sauce recipe here.
Saturday: Burgers & Fries
What’s on your menu this week?
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