Almost half way through the month already! It’s crazy how fast time is moving for me right now. Anyone else feel like their life is on fast-forward?
Let’s review last week. I made a batch (9 1/2 half pint jars) of grape jelly finally after getting more jars to can, sold 4 dozen eggs and 7 jars of jam, had 2 days of sheer exhaustion which lead to a buildup of dishes and laundry (I napped instead!), we lost power for 10 hours during the day on Wednesday, and then there were 2 days of babysitting at the end of the week too. Oh, and don’t forget daylight savings which happened at 2am today. Seriously though, why do we need it?
I spent $17.99 at Walmart for this week and $33.24 at Aldi for a grand total of $51.23 spent on groceries for the week. But, because of the power outage on Wednesday last week, I had to spend $19.22 out of the grocery budget on pizza to feed everyone dinner at my mom’s house (she had power). As of today we have $124.88 left for the rest of the month (2-3 more shopping trips depending on sales and how I can stretch out using what we already have).
The baked sweet and sour chicken moved from last week to this week because it was one of the meals that just didn’t get made. Friday is St. Patrick’s Day and we are having a couple special treats that day.
Here’s the plan:
- Sunday: Baked sweet and sour chicken, rice, veggie
- Monday: Pork with Dijon sauce, egg noodles, veggie
- Tuesday: Beef tacos with fresh veggies
- Wednesday: Creamy chicken, rice, veggies
- Thursday: Leftovers -OR- grilled cheese and chips
- Friday: Oven roasted smoked sausage and potatoes, green jello parfaits and green chocolate chip cookies
- Saturday: Chili with garlic cheddar biscuits
I’m starting to plan ahead and look at making some freezer meals for when this baby arrives (end of May-ish) so if you have any suggestions please comment with the recipe or link! Thanks so much!
Welcome to March! I don’t know if its this pregnancy or just busy mom life, but this year is FLYING by. I think as I get older, time seems to speed up exponentially. Not sure how I fell about this.
A new month means a full grocery budget! We currently budget $350 a month for just groceries. Last month I went over by $2.31 because of a couple larger purchases but I’m determined to come in under budget this month. In order to achieve this, I’m planning the majority of our meals based on what we already have stocked up. It may get a little repetitive, but it will help to reduce out of pocket cost and cycle through our stockpile and reduce food waste.
So we are starting with $350.
I spent $85.00 (exactly! still no idea how I managed that.) on 3/1 at the Amish bulk store (post to come!). This trip was stocking up on some bulk items and inexpensive snacks for the next 2 months.
This leaves $265.00 for the rest of the month. I’ll keep a running total of what I’ve spent and what is left with each weekly meal plan post to stay accountable for no extra spending. This includes eating out. If we ever grab food while out, it comes out of the grocery money.
Onto this week’s meal plan:
- Sunday: Baked sweet and sour chicken ,rice ,and veggies
- Monday: Steak, mashed potatoes and veggies
- Tuesday: Crockpot brown sugar balsamic glazed pork loin , egg noodles, and veggies
- Wednesday: Pasta with meatballs, veggies, and garlic bread
- Thursday: Hamburger helper, veggies, bread and butter
- Friday: Pancakes, bacon, fruit
- Saturday: Leftovers OR Pizza night
I needed minimal groceries to be able to make these dinners, but I also needed to stock up on some other items because its the beginning of the month. Things like American cheese slices, chips, cheese sticks, etc. I was able to spend $94.67 total between Walmart and Aldi.
This leaves $170.33 in the budget for the rest of the month. Normally I would freak out over it being this low this early on, but we are stocked up on most of the extras and should only need to buy the basics for the rest of the month.
So far so good!
Would you believe me if I said I STILL haven’t made the gosh darn crockpot beef and noodles that has been on my meal plan for the last 2 weeks?! Because I haven’t. Seriously. Why not? Pregnancy brain. It’s a real thing people! I keep forgetting to take the meat out of the freezer the night before so it can thaw to go into the crockpot the next morning. Speaking of… Id better take it out now (2:40pm Saturday) so I can put it in the fridge tonight and it’ll be all set for tomorrow morning. Be right back…….
Ok, so now that the meat is out of the freezer, I can continue.
Here’s the plan for this week:
- Sunday: Crockpot beef and noodles, veggies
- Monday: Oven roasted chicken legs, noodle or rice side dish (undecided, but I have both available), veggies
- Tuesday: Pancakes, sausage, fried apples
- Wednesday: Brown sugar meatloaf, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots
- Thursday: Crockpot BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches, chips, fruit
- Friday: Leftovers
- Saturday: Beef porcupines, egg noodles, veggies
I went over my grocery budget this month by $2.31. Pretty sure that was because I counted the seeds and starting soil and such for the garden as “grocery” items, and we had a couple instances of fast food. because of this, Sun-Tues had to be meals we already had everything for. Shouldn’t be too hard to follow! I’ll just have to keep a closer eye on things this next month.
I’ll be heading out to my favorite Amish bulk store on Wednesday with my mom to (hopefully) stock up on some good deals. It’s hit or miss, but I can always find something there that we need. I know for a fact I need ingredients to make my next batch of homemade mocha cappuccino mix because the containers are running low. I usually try to go every 2-3 months and haven’t been there since November. The plan is to go now, and then again at the beginning of May right before this baby is due. Some of my favorite things to get there are discounted ketchup, broth, snacks, granola bars, crackers, and so on. You really won’t know what they have until you go look because they don’t advertise online and they have such a quick turnover of products. I’ll be sure to share what I manage to find this week in a post.
Wish me luck that the beef and noodles actually gets made today!!
Last week we had a couple changes in the menu, mainly due to pregnancy exhaustion. One night resulted in a frozen pizza for dinner and cereal for the other. So, tacos and the baked honey mustard chicken moved to this week’s plan. That’s one thing that I love about meal planning… If something doesn’t get made, you just shift it to next week.
So here is this week’s plan:
- Sunday: Hawaiian sandwiches, pasta salad, peaches
- Monday: Crockpot beef and noodles, veggies
- Tuesday: Chicken Helper (chicken fried rice), extra veggies, pineapple
- Wednesday: Tacos with fresh veggies, peaches and pears
- Thursday: Baked honey mustard chicken, egg noodles, veggie
- Friday: Pasta with meat sauce, veggies, garlic bread
- Saturday: Leftovers
I’ve quickly learned to LOVE going grocery shopping before 8am at Walmart. Why? Because I managed to catch all the marked down meat, bakery, and deli items. Just last week I spent $16 and walked out with:
- 1 extra large pepperoni pizza
- 1 extra large ultimate bacon pizza
- 3 loaves of French bread
- 3, 2 packs of take and bake demi baguettes
- 12 pack of mini muffins
- 3 pack of chocolate chunk cookies
- 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs
Everything but the muffins and cookies went directly into the freezer. The muffins and cookies were treats that the boys picked out and they lasted for just 2 days. The pizzas will be a good backup for when “I just can’t cook tonight” happens again. The demi baguettes we love with pasta, and the chicken will be a crockpot meal. 2 of the French bread loaves are just plain and unseasoned, so I’ve been looking for ideas for them. One of which I’m going to look into is a French toast casserole.
Thankfully there is an easy meal tonight because we are spending a chunk of the day building a chicken run for the girls so they can get out of the coop.
Have a great week!
This past week has been busier than normal and of course, I had to throw in some other things to make it more complicated. Like defrosting the deep freezer, reorganizing the deep and stand up freezers, and now cleaning the fridge.
The benefit to me adding in these extra things is that I now know what all we have in the freezers that should be used before it goes into the trash…. like the 8 frozen packages of flour tortillas (there will be tacos every week for the next couple months!)
So, based on what I found stashed away, here’s what’s planned for this week:
- Sunday: BBQ chicken, au gratin potatoes, veggies
- Monday: Steak, mashed potato, veggies
- Tuesday: Lasagna roll ups , copycat Olive Garden breadsticks, garden salad, and a razzleberry pie for dessert
- Wednesday: Tacos, Mexican rice, pineapple
- Thursday: Baked honey mustard chicken, egg noodles, veggies
- Friday: Cheddar sausages, mac and cheese, veggies
- Saturday: Homemade pizza
I will also be making a double batch of carmelitas to use up the heavy cream I needed for last week’s Venison Marsala. I don’t think anyone will complain about this!
Do any of you have any ideas for flour tortillas other than tacos, burritos, and enchiladas? Help me out!
Two meals are getting carried over from last week. One night we had leftovers again and another was a frozen pizza kind of night. You all know those. It’s when you are just too dang tired to cook anything, but the kids will swear they are dying if they don’t eat. That’s the benefit of meal planning though, you just shift those things to the next week since you already have everything to make them.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
- Sunday: Tacos with lots of fresh veggies (carry over from last week)
- Monday: Shake and bake pork, noodle side dish, applesauce (carry over from last week)
- Tuesday: Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with rice and fruit
- Wednesday: Meatball subs and caesar salad.
- Thursday: Pancakes and bacon
- Friday: Tuna noodle casserole with either cinnamon apples or applesauce
- Saturday: Venison Marsala, egg noodles, veggies
Total spent this week for groceries: TBD (I am shopping on Tuesday so I’ll update then)
I only meal plan for dinners because everyone usually wants something different for breakfast, and it’s just me and the little guy for lunch. Breakfast and lunch tend to be things we always have on hand.
Breakfasts: eggs, cereal, oatmeal, toast, yogurt
Lunch: leftovers, PB&J, grilled cheese, cheese/crackers/fruit, hot dogs (kids), chicken nuggets (kids), freezer meal beef burritos
Have a great week!!