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Week 2 Grocery Notes: While I didn't get a chance to take a photograph of our grocery deals this week, I did manage to find boneless skinless chicken breast on sale at Walmart for $1.77 a pound. Chicken is pretty easy to find cheap and if given the opportunity, I prefer to purchase boneless, skinless breasts.
If you have the opportunity, you are better off setting $40 or so a month aside to purchase meats in bulk and purchasing meat all at once. However, this requires you to have freezer space and a little cash up front. With these weekly menus (of approximately $50 per week), I'm trying to share ideas with you on how to get cheaper, healthier groceries when you don't have extra money up front.
So, with that in mind, I took advantage of the price on the chicken and purchased 2 large packages of boneless, skinless chicken for $22.54 (which is 12.75#'s of chicken). I divided these up into 6 vacuum sealed packages of 2 1/4 pounds per package, (which is enough for 6 meals) for 2 adults, 2 teenage boys & 1 friend (or pre-planned leftovers).
This left our weekly budget with just under $28. Using the grocery guide, I took advantage of the sales in our area and purchased the following: 2 heads of lettuce, 2 fresh tomatoes, 1 green pepper, 4 cukes, cream cheese, 15 lbs potatoes, celery, mushrooms, sliced swiss cheese, a bag of flour to help restock the pantry, 3 cans of tuna, 5 bags of frozen veggies, Milk, 3 lbs ground turkey.
Welches Grape Juice (I had 3 free bottles in week 1!)
Apple Juice (a loss leader item this week)
Iced Tea or herbal teas
A few things I'd like to share:
If you've been following the menu each week, you may already know that I purchase most fruits and veggies in season, or grow as many as possible in our garden.
Many items are made in batches and frozen, such as the bagels. I also tend to make batches of biscuits and homemade rolls as well and freeze them so that I have them on hand. I find that it's much easier to prepare fast meals when you have a few basics prepared ahead of time. I'm not a fan of buying "convenience" foods at the supermarket.