Friday, April 26, 2013

This week for $50

It works best for my schedule to go grocery shopping on Wednesday or Thursday. So a week refers to Wednesday to Wednesday or Thursday to Thursday. Meal ideas use a combo of the week's groceries and ingredients I already have on hand.

Sharing my grocery trips with you has really made me think about my family's diet. For the most part, I'm happy with the kinds of food we eat. I think we manage a pretty good balance of healthy meals and not depriving ourselves of the foods we really enjoy, even if they aren't good for us. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think that philosophy will help our kids have healthy relationships with food

This is an example of a week that I didn't stick to my list very well. I picked up my must haves and then ignored half of what was left on my list and picked up a few other things. Like 10lbs of potatoes for only $2.99 (.29 cents/pound), a variety bag of onions (I only had 2 onions left at home), a head of lettuce, an extra dozen eggs (since they were on sale), and yogurt for Love Bean (she has been on such a yogurt kick lately).

Quick Facts:  
  • Total Spent: $46.36 ($3.64 under budget)
  • Total savings: $11.59
  • Savings break down: $0.30 from mPerks, $11.29 from shopping the sale ad

My Must Haves: 
  • milk
  • eggs
  • deodorant for Tim
  • shaving cream for Tim
  • peanut butter

Meal Ideas for This Week:
  • enchiladas
  • baked potatoes and salad
  • homemade pizza or mini garlic bread pizzas
  • ham and cheese omelets  


  1. Do you pack lunches for Tim with this too? Also what do you do for breakfast and lunch......I have a hard time with those meals on the weekend.

    1. Tim usually takes leftovers from the night before as his lunch. If we don't have leftovers, he'll make a sandwich and take some chips and fruit. For breakfast, we eat eggs, yogurt, English muffins w/peanut butter, oatmeal (I buy a big container of quick oats which lasts us a long time) or pancakes. For lunch, Stella and I will either leftovers, mac and cheese or a sandwich, and we always have some sort of fruit with our lunch, and she'll eat some steamed veggies every now and then.

      Hope that helps! Your comment actually inspired me to write down all of our meals for this week. So I'll share that soon!


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