This was a good week . I found some new recipes to try, rediscovered old faves, tried new tricks. And I stayed on target with my grocery spending. I’ve gone back to paying with cash, and that really helps keep me focused on how much I’m spending. This has been a key factor in my grocery savings over the years.
To see how I put these provisions together into menu plans, check out my Menu Plan Monday posts each week! Here’s some of what I got:
Target: Yes, I went back, and the cashier was kind to understand my request to wait so I could watch the register. Very helpful gal. Hormel lunchmeats 2.04, Farmland bacon 2.49, Swiss Miss cocoa .89. Total on food: $10.84
Bag N Save: Dozen large eggs .79, loaves of wheat bread 1.44, frozen veg .67, cans of tuna .49. Total on food: $8.57
Aldi: 5# potatoes .99, 2# spaghetti 1.59 (.80/#), produce, bananas .44/#, sliced Swiss cheese 2.19, pure vanilla extract 1.99 (at another store for $4+). Total on food: 23.01
Baker’s: Free Brawny, of course, which is not considered grocery in my house. Milk $1/half gallon, Helper meals for Project Hope, yogurts for lunches .33, 3-pack ranch dressing packets 1.99 (.66 each, cheaper than Aldi for the brief moment they have them), 1# ground pork 1.69. Also not a grocery purchase: Oral B dental floss $1.29 – $1 dentist bag coupon = .29. Total on food: $21.80
Total this week: $64.22. No compelling loss leaders to upset the balance this week. Total for this month so far: $255.32. I’m $94.68 under budget, with 11 days to go. I hope to use the balance for more Project Hope donations next week.
What I’ve got for the coming weeks: I’ve been able to round out my pantries/freezers. Also, the new “budget recipes” I’ve been researching have given me inspiration. (The whole turkey will be the impetus of my menus a week from now. If you’ve been wondering.)
To see how I put these provisions together into menu plans, check out my Menu Plan Monday posts each week!