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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.
This is it – the FINAL meal plan featured on the blog! In an effort to cut down on the amount of time I spend writing posts I had to think and pray long and hard about what to keep posting and what to eliminate. Last year I was posting four times each week. While I enjoyed writing my posts it was also A LOT of work to stay on top of constantly. Cutting it down to two per week is going to give me significantly more breathing room while also allowing more time to connect with readers and focus on quality posts rather than the quantity of posts.
I’m really pumped about the new Meal Planning Facebook group I started. It’s small right now but I think it’s going to be a fabulous place to share ideas, strategies, and problem solve with each other about feeding our families meals that are good for us and aren’t incredibly repetitive. If you want help with menu planning or have great ideas you want to share come check it out here 😀 Just a reminder – This Weekly Menu Plan is the last menu plan featured on the blog! From now on all menu plans & grocery trips will now be shared in the free private group – come join us!
Over the next few weeks in the group we are going to be talking about batch cooking and freezer cooking. It’s been a huge lifesaver for us so I’m excited to share everything I’ve learned over the years and I bet even learn some things from the other members. Click here to join.
8lbs Oranges $4.99
Eggs 2 @ $2.39 = $4.79
– 10% exclusive cartwheel = $4.30
Frozen Veggies 3 @ 0.89 = $2.67
– 5% cartwheel = $2.52
Frozen Corn Cobs $1.89
– 5% cartwheel = $1.79
– 5% REDcard discount (0.77) = 14.62
*submitted receipt to ibotta for any item rebate (-$0.25)
Total: $14.37 after rebates
Peanut Butter $9.99
– 2.50 instant savings = $7.49
Brown Sugar $3.49
Cheese Brick $4.99
Turkey Breast $9.59
– 3.00 instant savings = $6.59
Ground Beef 2 @ 5.97 = $11.94
Angus Chuck Roast $13.89
5lbs of Apples $4.99
Grocery Total: $80.23
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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:
Monday: Thai Chicken Pizza
Tuesday: Brisket Bombs & Sweet Potato Fries
Wednesday: Pulled Pork Nachos
Friday: Homemade Pizza and Movie Night – pizza crust recipe here and pizza sauce recipe here.
What’s on your menu this week?
Just a reminder – This Weekly Menu Plan is the last menu plan featured on the blog! From now on all menu plans & grocery trips will now be shared in the free private group – come join us!
Do you want to get your kids in the kitchen with you? Check out Kidstir! They offer a monthly subscription box with kid friendly recipes and tools so you and your child can work side by side in the kitchen creating healthy meals and fun memories. You can watch my unboxing video of our first kit here.