A Week in the Life: Weekly grocery shopping, splitting items at Costco and emergency protein

by Melody on April 1, 2013

Welcome to a Week in the Life.  Each week I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money or time.  Or both.  The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.

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Emergency Protein

During the week, life just gets crazy around here.  We are constantly on the go and lunches can be super hectic sometimes, whether we are eating on the move or I’m trying to squeeze in something right before nap time.  I like to have some kind of protein pre-cooked for the week, so we aren’t reaching for unhealthy options.

For this reason, I cooked up a 3-pound pork shoulder roast in the crockpot following this Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe.  The meat has an amazing acidic bite to it, perfect to serve over salad, with BBQ sauce or just by itself.  This huge pot gave us almost a week’s worth of lunches for the kids and my husband. It does take awhile in the crock, so I threw it in the morning and shredded it later in the evening.

Weekly Grocery Shopping

This past weekend was CRAZY.  I generally do my grocery shopping for the week ahead on Saturday or Sunday, but we were booked and I had several dishes I need to make for the weekend, so I tried to plan ahead and get it all done during the week.

I went through my calendar and checked all the dishes I needed to make so I didn’t forget any ingredients, plus tried to make sure we had enough veggies and fruits for the coming week.

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Costco: Spent about $100

We get a lot of our basic foods at Costco, items that can round out a side dish or make good snacks like sweet potatoes, mushrooms, bananas, almonds, spinach.  These can all be put together to make a meal complete.  If you don’t have a good source for cage-free organic eggs, Costco is a good bet at $3.50/dozen.

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Winco – Spent about $35

My next stop was Winco to round out this week’s shopping and pick up a few specific items.  I needed Oreo cookies to make these Oreo Truffle Brownies for our Easter party at the gym, plus salami and cream cheese for an appetizer.  The dates are raisins are for homemade Larabars for snacks during the week.

I check out the fruits and vegetables when I am there and pick up what is on sale.  The red bell peppers were just $.68 each and the whole pineapples were $1.98 each!  I also love their economy bacon packs at just $2.99/lb for good thick quality bacon.  I split up the pack and freeze half.

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Splitting at Costco and Saving the Budget

Emilie posted recently about how she and a friend do a massive shopping trip at Costco each month and split up their goods.  Costco has some amazing prices on everyday items, but sometimes the quantity is just too much for a smaller family.  Splitting items with a friend helps ensure that nothing expires or goes bad before you have the chance to use it AND helps keep your month-to-month grocery budget in check.

My friend Sarah and I tossed around a few ideas for splitting and we decided on onions, coconut oil and flank steak.  While I can and will eventually go through a whole tub of coconut oil, it is $22 per jug, so splitting with Sarah keeps my monthly expense down.  Plus, half a jug is still more than enough to last me quite some time.  The flank steak was a splurge that I would never have made on my own, but at $12 per package for half, it was far more manageable for our family.

I used this Chili-Lime Rub from Our Best Bites and it was freakishly amazing.  Fired up the BBQ in this amazing weather we’ve been having lately and HEAVEN.

If you are interested in splitting items with a friend, check out Emilie’s post Splitting Items at Costco with a Friend.

Question of the Week: Have you ever split items at Costco (or the grocery store) with a friend?  What are your favorite items to split?

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