A $100 Week

$100

Planning our meals works!  I’ve already saved hundreds of dollars and I’ve only been at it since mid-December!  What’s great is seeing that much of a savings in such a short time!

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding (or, in my case, the pork loin)!  Last week’s grocery bill was under $80; a far cry from the old family grocery tab of, on average, over $300 a week (don’t judge me!)!

I still had stuff in my freezer and pantry to incorporate into my meals as need be:  cans of red beans, black beans, popcorn for snacks (we only use the old fashioned kind since a good friend of mine gave me an OrvilleRedenbacher Popcorn Popper!), frozen bag of shrimp and pasta, nearly a case of tomato soup, tons of frozen veggies, and a menagerie of other food stuff.  Although no one was starving by any measure of the word, I did want to start incorporating more healthy lunches into the plan.  I mean, it was great that the kids had used up most of the mac and cheese in the pantry (I hadn’t bought expensive deli in three weeks!), but, I knew that, even though they #love it, a bit more variety was in order!  Additionally, the kids were about to go back to school after a long holiday break, and I needed to make sure they had lunches available to bring to school.

The Plan

Breakfasts  

Green Smoothies for mom, cereal or instant oatmeal (we had a giant box left over from a BJ’s shop a few months back) for the kids, eggs for dad.  Also on hand, apples, bananas, and peaches.

Lunches:

Based upon what was in the pantry, we had the following choices for the kids’ lunches:  tomato Soup in a thermos, Tuna fish sandwiches,  PB & J Sandwiches, salad, leftovers in the microwaveable thermoses I bought, sliced hot dogs, broiled chicken cubes & veggie/fruit/cheese on skewers, hard boiled eggs, apples slices, celery, sliced peppers, bottled water.  

Dinners:

Sunday Night

  • Mexican Fare featuring Black Beans Quesidillas and rice: I had bought Monteray Jack Cheese, Colby Cheese, and Flour Tortillas last week (somehow they got confused and put in last week’s grocery list instead of this week’s), so I didn’t need to add much to my grocery list – just some salsa and sour cream.

Monday

  • Chicken Stirfry:  I had two chicken breasts left over from last week’s buy at @Walmart.  I had a giant bag of frozen stirfry veggies in my freezer (Lord only knows how long they had been there).  I had replenished my soy sauce during last week’s grocery shop.  I had plenty of white rice on hand.  This meal was a no-brainer.

Tuesday

  • Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups: This was a recipe we had tried a few months ago and LOVED!  Healthy, fun, and delicious!  It’s a keeper! What’s more, I still had some of the ingrediants on hand, e.g. peanuts and rice vinegar.

Wednesday

  • Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms and steamed asparagus:.  A new menu I found online when searching for budget friendly dishes. I had left over asparagus from the previous week.

Thursday

  • Garlic Pasta and Shrimp:  I knew in the future I would probably not be buying this old standby – Processed food is the kiss of death for the budget, not to mention that it’s not the most healthy choice for dinner!  However, I had a family-sized package of it in the freezer that I needed to use.

Friday

Saturday

  • Camellia Chipotle Black Bean Soup and Yellow Rice.  I am addicted to this black bean soup mix which you can buy for about $6 at Walmart.  Add a red pepper, red onions, and no salt added chicken stock to make enough to feed a family of four for pennies! I serve it over yellow rice and, if you want, add a lime, some sour cream, and an avocado.  I keep it on hand and had two bags of it still in the pantry.

 

GROCERY LIST

Staples Needed:  Parchment Paper (3.48), bananas (1.63), 3 cases flavored, sparkling water ($2.98 each), 2-15 count water (2.00 ea.), frozen mango chunks ($2.05), frozen peaches (2.52), 2 boxes of cereal 24 oz each (about $3 each), distilled water (.88), frozen pineapple ($2.00), 11 oz. baby spring mix salad mix ($4.78), 2-32 oz. creamer ($2.48) (Ok, so we like our coffee & cream and one bottle didn’t quite make it through the entire seven days!), salt (.54), our favorite brand of popcorn (not microwave, the real kernels) -Orville Redenbacher ($4.98); 3 lb. bag yellow onions ($3.24), 1 gal. canola oil ($5.97), 52 oz. @Ajax dish soap ($2.96), sliced whole wheat bread ($1.88), 12 rolls -Toilet Paper (6.23)

Menu Items to Buy:  Prepared Salsa ($2.98), Sour Cream, 1 lb. ground turkey ($1.50),  head of lettuce ($1.64),  English cucumber (1.98), fresh mint ($1.98), 1/4 c. dried mushrooms ($3.74), 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs ($6.31 for over 1 lb), 8 oz. cremini mushrooms (not on the Walmart app), frozen green peas (.84), chopped fresh thyme ($1.98), 8 oz. pkg. shredded #mozzarella cheese ($4.22).

TOTAL BILL:   $100.56

 

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