I thought I would post this week's menu as well as my shopping list for those interested. I am working off of a very well-stocked pantry and freezer and the menu and short shopping list reflect that! The garden is also in full swing, providing us with piles of yummy fresh veggies. It is such a blessing to my grocery budget.:-)
Breakfasts this week will be granola, oatmeal, whole wheat toast with peanut butter and pancakes. Lunches are mainly leftovers or peanut butter sandwiches. All dinners include either a salad or fresh, steamed or sauteed veggies to round them out.
Here is my dinner menu:
Monday- Chicken Salad in pita pockets, fruit slush
Tuesday-Lentil and Rice Casserole in crockpot (pantry mix)
Thursday-Creamy Chicken Burritos, Spanish Rice (both already prepared in freezer)
Friday-dinner with friends; take green salad to share
Saturday-Layered Mexican Dip, Hummus, tortilla chips, fresh veggies
Now on to my grocery list. I am still working on mainly a $100 a month grocery budget in order to save a little extra money and pay a few things off. This translates into $25 a week, but normally I buy enough groceries to last several weeks and just spend more at one time. This month, I'm making an extra effort to shop once a week and stay at $25 a week to stretch out the grocery budget and hopefully have a little money left for good buys toward the end of the month.
This week, I took my list to Aldi's and did all of my shopping there. For what I needed, Aldi's was the best option price-wise. Then I stopped at our garden(at our friend's house) and did the rest of my "shopping" for free! This week,we have fresh zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, cucumbers, peppers and okra.
I was very pleased to get everything that I needed for the week's meals and stayed just under my $25 budget. Yeah!
Here's my list:
-seedless watermelon: $3.49
-can of olives:$.99
-2 pounds carrots:$.99
-bag of fresh spinach:$1.49
-canola oil: $1.89
-bag of onions:$1.69
-yellow mustard: $.59
-freezer quart bags: $1.99
-dozen eggs: $1.19
-refried beans: $.49
-orange juice concentrate: $1.29
-brown sugar: $.99
-white sugar: $1.98
-tortilla chips: $.99
Grand total(with tax included): $24.73