For those of you who are trying to get your grocery budget under control (aren’t we all?) or looking for some ideas on how others do their shopping, I thought I would share what my weekly trips look like.
I try to do my meal planning on Saturday or Sunday for the coming week. I first take a quick look at what is still in the fridge from the previous week and what we have in the pantry. This way I’m not buying duplicates or too much fresh food that we won’t be able to go through. We are still trying to keep our budget as low as possible this month (I BUSTED it last month), so are doing our best to eat through what we’ve got in the freezer.
Once I have written out our tentative meal plans, I do one decent-sized shopping trip to flesh out our meals. Every few weeks, I supplement with a trip to Costco or Fred Meyer. Or I shop every day, like this week. Don’t judge. I couldn’t get it together this week.
Trip #1, 2 and 3 – Costco
Please note that all the purchases in the picture above (a box of diced tomatoes and baby bella mushrooms not shown) were made over 3 separate trips. I have no idea why, but please don’t make this a habit. Not very efficient. One trip was exclusively to pick up my brand new food processor, so I’m giving myself a pass.
These trips cost just about $43. This includes four dozen organic eggs, a ginormous bag of carrots that will last me through the entire month, cottage cheese for easy protein and some fresh fruit. Sometimes the mandarin oranges at Costco are hit or miss, but these were perfect. The diced tomatoes are for homemade salsa.
Trip # 4 and 5 – Fred Meyer
I swear to you, I did other things besides shop this week.
The first trip was a total score. If you catch it right, you can snag mark-down produce at Fred Meyer and really make your dollars stretch. Just be sure you are able to eat through it or freeze it before it goes bad. Both boxes of mushrooms and strawberries were marked down to just $.99 each, which is a total steal. The mesh bags of peppers were just $1 each and one had an extra zucchini!
The second trip, I picked up grapes at $2.49/lb (about as low as they go this time of year), chicken at $1.88/lb and sweet potatoes to flesh out our chicken soup. The frozen spinach was just $.79 for a HUGE bag, total steal for my husband’s breakfast egg muffins. For both trips, I spent about $28.
Trip #3 – Winco
My shopping trips to Winco look just about the same from week to week. I round out my fresh produce for the week with whatever is on sale (pineapples $1.99 each!), pick up all my bulk items for Homemade Larabars and lunch meat for another easy protein. I spent right around $31 for everything.
Total spent: $102. Oddly enough, exactly the same amount I spent last week.
My goal per week is between $100 and $120, which has been a bit of a stretch for us. I’m going to need to bump up that amount in the next week or so to replenish our freezer. Especially with Zaycon chicken!
Here’s what on the menu for the week:
:: Shredded pork in crockpot with diced tomatoes and adobo chilies
:: Easy Potato and Bacon Casserole
:: Garbage Stir Fry with Curried Cabbage
:: Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup
:: Kale, Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Apparently, I’m all about breakfast this week. Please share something fun from your meal plan this week! What are you making?