Budgeting & Meal Planning #7

Where does the time go? It’s been a couple of weeks since my last budgeting and meal planning post.

Things are going well, although we’ve been spending a little more on groceries lately I’ve been cooking up a storm and am running low on meat. Nothing too crazy, luckily, since we’re sticking to buying only what’s on our list and purchasing meat that’s on sale only when we need it. This is when making a shopping list really comes in handy. If you haven’t started using a shopping list, I highly recommend you try it for at least two shopping trips and see what a difference it makes on your wallet!

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Let me give you an update on our recent trips to the supermarket over the last coupe of weeks. Spoiler alert: We spent a lot!

We spent a whopping $105 on groceries last week at Hannaford and BJ’s and a $46 on groceries at Market Basket this week, which averages out to be $76 each week. This exceeded our $50 budgeted weekly spend by quite a bit, but we did load the fridge, freezer, and pantry with meat, seafood, and other essentials to last us awhile. Not too much frivolous spending (well, except for that jar of Nutella….) and very little waste.

Here’s our load over the last 2 weeks:

  • Goods lasting 2+ months, average cost ~$7 a week
    • Nutella:  $2.99
    • 2 blocks of cheddar cheese:  $5.00
    • 2 cartons of Egg Beaters:  $6.98
    • Barilla spaghetti:  $2.50
    • Ginger root:  $0.45  (I keep it in the freezer and grate off what I need!)
    • Quinoa:  $4.99
    • Veggie patties:  $10.99  (used a $3.00 coupon)
    • Frozen shrimp:  $19.49
  • Good lasting 1 month, average cost ~$13 a week
    • Orange juice:  $4.59  (used a $1.50 coupon)
    • Boneless chuck roast:  $7.45  (freeze it!)
    • Ribs:  $8.42  (freeze it!)
    • Grapes:  $7.48  (freeze it!)
    • 3 cartons of milk:  $9.67
    • Neufchatel cheese:  $1.39
    • English muffins:  $4.00  (freeze it!)
    • 2 cartons of soup:  $5.98
    • Baby carrots:  $3.29
  • Goods lasting two weeks, average cost ~$2 a week
    • 2 Greek yogurts:  $1.00 (used a $1.00 coupon – bargain!)
    • English cucumbers:  $3.49
  • Goods lasting one week (over two weeks), average cost ~$16 a week
    • Broccoli:  $5.17
    • Green pepper:  $1.13
    • Spinach:  $3.28
    • Apples:  $2.27
    • Bananas:  $4.00
    • Cantaloupe:  $1.99
    • Mushrooms:  $3.79
    • French baguette:  $2.79
    • Turkey deli meat:  $2.50
    • Salami deli meat:  $1.75
    • Tomato paste:  $0.89
    • Green onion:  $0.99
    • Red peppers:  $1.70

That means  we use an average of $38 worth of groceries each week!

Here’s how we used our load:

  • Breakfasts
    • Bagel (free from my folks) with  naufchatel cheese
    • English muffin with peanut butter
    • Banana
    • Homemade bread for toast
    • Over-easy eggs
  • Lunches
    • BBQ shredded chicken sandwich
    • Loaded salad with a veggie burger
    • Salami and cheese sandwich on a french baguette
    • Turkey sandwich on homemade wheat
    • Leftover spaghetti and turkey meatballs
    • Soup
  • Dinners
  • Snacks
    • Bananas
    • Apples
    • Greek yogurt
    • Various snacks from Love with Food box
    • Laughing Cow cheese and biscuits
    • Snikidy baked “fries”
    • Dove small chocolate squares
    • Nature Valley granola bars
    • Cantaloupe

I’ve given you lots of meal ideas, so what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

What changes have you made to your habits this year?

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2 thoughts on “Budgeting & Meal Planning #7

  1. If I convert that into Rands, it sounds extremely reasonable to me. We wouldn’t be able to live on the equivalent here but, then again, it really all depends on the earning power and not exchange rates, so I truly can’t judge.

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