Week 3 Grocery Notes: This week things are getting a little easier, we have lots of pork in the freezer, as well as a few packages boneless skinless chicken breast.
Yesterday, while shopping at Piggly Wiggly, I discovered a huge 15# package of thick sliced bacon for $19.99. Given the fact that our youngest would eat a pound of bacon in one sitting if given the opportunity, I figured I’d better buy it while it was priced well. I divided it into 1 pound packages, vacuum sealed it and froze it and now have enough for 15 meals.
This left our weekly budget with about $30. Using the grocery guide, I took advantage of the sales in our area and purchased the following: 2 heads of lettuce, 6 fresh tomatoes, 2 green peppers, 3 cukes, 2 packages of cream cheese, Milk, 2 lbs ground turkey, vidalia onions, elbow macaroni, cheese and 4 loaves of bread.
January 17th- 23rd
- Breakfast: blueberry muffins
- Lunch: Poor Boys (grilled cheese with tomato slices)
- Dinner: Grilled Chicken Breast, Seasoned Potato Wedges (grilled), Summer Squash
- Breakfast: homemade yogurt with sliced peaches (home canned)
- Lunch: Salad w/ Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Leftover Grilled Chicken, Sliced Hard boiled eggs
- Dinner: French Toast, Bacon
- Breakfast: waffles
- Lunch:Egg Salad Sandwiches or Wraps
- Dinner: Chinese Fried Rice, Stir Fry Vegetables
- Breakfast:Fruit Breakfast bars
- Lunch:Curried Egg Salad Wrap (Homemade tortillas)
- Dinner: Corn Chowder, biscuits
- Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs & Toast w/ Homemade Jam
- Lunch:Tomato Basil Salad*
- Dinner: Hearty Taco Pasta
- Breakfast:Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuits
- Lunch:Leftover Taco Pasta (I Love this with extra jalepenos!)
- Dinner: Baked Ham with Pineapple, Riced Potatoes, Steamed Green Beans, Fresh Rolls
- Breakfast:Bagels & Cream Cheese
- Lunch:Ham SaladSandwiches & homemade potato chips
- Dinner: Macaroni & Cheese with Ham & Broccoli
- Microwave Popcorn
- Deviled Eggs
- Iced Tea or herbal teas
- cocoa mixes
A few things I’d like to share:
Just after the holidays, Whole hams were on sale in our area for .68 a pound, so I bought 4 and froze them. I also found real butter on sale the week before Christmas for $2 a pound and purchased 25 pounds. I detest margarine and will only use it if I absolutely have to.
I very rarely purchase canned fruits and vegetables- generally we prefer fresh or frozen.
We also grow several fresh herbs in the kitchen year round. I always have cilantro, rosemary, dill and basil on hand to add to various dishes. I find that it really enhances the flavor of food using fresh over dried.
I just have one question:
Where on earth do you shop that you can purchase all that for $30?!?!?! If I got that at the Walmart or Publix here, I’d be looking at a whole lot more than that!!
Aldi’s- most weeks I buy veggies at aldis- they have the best produce deals around. For example, this week pears are .50 a pound, whole pineapples are .99 Each, etc. It pays to watch the sales flyers in your area, we’ve lived in 3 different states and always manage to find stores with similar pricing.
I have the same problem…small town grocery store (expensive) at home…Walmart/Safeway 45 minutes away. BUT…that being said…the mixes and make ahead ideas on this site will be awesome for us! We grocery shop only once a month…to save on gas and time/money…I’ve found so much here I can use. We are a family of 5…3 kids..tween and up…yet I manage to keep our grocery budget under $350 each month.
I’m thinking taking what I’ve learned here so far I can eliminate another $50 off of that! I’m loving everything I’m reading so far!