First, I only stopped at Aldi and Bag N Save. On purpose, so I wouldn’t PM or grab bargains. I did stop at No Frills, but that was for a birthday card and a discount deli snack for #1, which came out of another budget. We’re trying to eat down the pantry and freezers since we’ll be less at home this summer.
Aldi: The price of milk went up to more than $3 for 2% and whole gallons; they had to put a sign on the milk doors to not harrass the cashiers about the price. Really, that’s sad. I got apples, breakfast sausage, tortillas, pears, and stocked up for the year on dressing mix packets. Total for food: $15.82.
Bag N Save: Potatoes, tomatoes (and stupidly forgot the lettuce), boneless pork ribs cheap, pork filets, oven fries, Philly cooking creme for 1.49, lunchmeat, Swiss for 1.99, large eggs for .99/dozen, bread, and milks for 2.29 (cheaper than Aldi this week). I didn’t need the cooking creme, but it was half price, and I immediately made plans for it this week. I also got mac & cheese for the food pantry at 3/$1. Total for food: $37.35.
Total this week: $53.17, which puts my monthly total just for food at $53.17. I’m workin’ on it. In a few more weeks I’ll have a little more time at home, so I’ll probably turn to scratch cooking more. Plus, the weather will be hottER, and we’ll feel less like eating gobs of food.
What I have for the coming weeks: Still lots of everything we need. That recent freezer inventory seems untouched, even though I’ve been using stock. I got the pork this week just to add variety. And there is lettuce growing in my square foot pots from last year’s plants! (I thought I cleared those out, but they came back.)
To see how I put these provisions together into menu plans, check out my Menu Plan Monday posts each week. They list how much each dinner costs, which is usually less than $5 for dinner for four.