This is part one of an ongoing series of our weekly meal plan and grocery shopping trip. Each week, I’ll provide you with a daily meal plan and grand total spent.
Of Food Budgets And Success
I feel really good about our meal plan this week. As the picture shows, shopping frugally doesn’t mean going without or eating Ramen and Spaghetti O’s. Rather, I’ve found great deals on nutritious whole foods for the week. I was able to pick up a few extra items for later that were marked down without going over the budget. How exciting!
First, I should tell you how I scored on a clearance shelf at Sprouts Farmer’s Market . I found 4 boxes of green and chamomile tea, 3 bags of dark chocolate Bark Thins and a bag of roasted chickpeas (excellent salad toppers) for seriously cheap. Now, you could say I didn’t need these little goodies, and you’d be right, but having some little treats now and then is really nice! And, at less than $1 each, they were all a serious deal!
I love finding sales on things we regularly use because it’s an opportunity to build up the pantry for later when prices are more expensive. Doing this makes later meal planning much easier (and cheaper). I also got 2 extra packages of ground chicken breast to freeze for next week and 1 jar of our favorite spaghetti sauce on sale too. The major ingredients for 3 more meals are right there! I’ve deducted the cost of these items from this week’s total, but will be adding them to next week to keep track of them. And now, without further adieu…
The Weekly Meal Plan
- Lentil tikka masala with brown basmati rice
- Spaghetti and antipasti plate
- Italian wedding soup with homemade pizza
- Leftover night
- Chicken and dumplings with greed beans
- Tamales, rice and beans (frome the freezer)
- Leftover night
- Chicken avocado pepper soup and Mexican salad
- Tofu, shiitake and red pepper stir fry with jasmine rice
You may notice that there are a couple of extra meals on the list. I like to shop on Friday and one of the extra meals is for that day. The other extra meal is there for a buffer, just in case I can’t shop on Friday and need an additional meal. Having extra means there is no need to spend extra money on dining out unexpectedly. I usually don’t end up using it, so I simply add it to the next week’s meal plan.
I try to plan on a couple of vegetarian meals to keep costs down – split pea soup and tikka masala in this case. Another way to save is by having similar kinds of meals (Italian and Mexican here) so that I can be sure to use up all the common ingredients. For example, I have two Italian and Mexican meals in a row that call for similar things. Less waste means more saving!
You may also notice there are quite a few soups on the list. Soups are a handy for using up leftover bits, packing in lunches and freezing for later. And, it’s fridged winter at the moment, which makes me want soup!
The Grand Total: $169.58
Safeway: $ $53.54
Lucky’s Market: $13.32
*I’ll be adding $ 10.87 to next week’s total for the extras I bought on sale to use later.
*I got 2 rebates and used 1 coupon, which saved me $3.00!
This will include ALL meals for the next week for my family – No eating out. I have 2 teenage boys at home who eat more than my husband and I do, so that means 4 adults. That works out to $24.22 per day for 4 adults to eat. When you consider that won’t cover a family meal at McDonald’s (not fancy by any stretch), I think that’s pretty sweet!
What are you eating this week?