Aimee’s $120 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan
We just completed a 1 week pantry challenge where we did not go grocery shopping until Friday, and we ate 3 meals from our pantry, without heading out to the grocery store. We had food we needed to eat up, and doing a pantry challenge is one of the only ways I can really motivate myself to eat it all up.
By Friday, I was feeling the tension from my family, saying that we needed more food, more fresh produce to be exact, so I headed to the store and stocked-up on the necessities, and few “fun” items. Here’s what I got:
Aldi’s Trip: Spent $90.90
GF Raisin Bread: $2.59
Oyster Crackers (my kids favorite snack): $.79 each!
Large Canister of Oats – $1.99 each
Eggs, 1 dozen: $1.09 each
I cannot say I found just amazing deals, but what’s great about Aldi’s is that their prices are generally AMAZING!!!!! all the time! This is the store I come to to get my pantry stocked and ready for the week.
Sprouts Trip: Spent $27.05
Ground Beef: $2.99/lb
Chicken Breasts: $1.99/lb
I picked these products over Aldi’s because the quality just looked so much better!!!
I didn’t think this meat would be enough to last us all week, but we are going out to eat a few nights this week, so I think we will have enough. I almost ran to Costco to grab a ham, but I don’t think we will need it. One night this week my husband and I are going on a date, and the next night we are taking our kids to the county fair! I am super excited for that, and the memories that will be made.
GRAND TOTAL: $117.95!!!! Wow, so close to $120!
I am super excited with my purchases and the fact that my fridge and pantry are stocked!
Weekly Menu Plan:
- cooked hamburger patties and chicken with baked potatoes and veggies, pb&j sandwiches with chips and fruit, SONIC trip, leftovers, salad
Super easy tip: marinate your chicken breasts in DRY seasoning packets, like ranch dressing mix or Italian dressing mix. It makes the chicken even more flavorful than using a bottled wet dressing.
- BBQ Ranch Chicken with sweet potato and apple hash, and broccoli with cheese
- Italian Chicken with pasta and green beans
- Date Night – means grilled pb&j’s for the kids with fruit salad
- Fun Family Fair Night – dinner at the fair – turkey legs, corn dogs, fries, funnel cake (aka: all the junk food!)
- Dump Stew and biscuits
- Baked Potato Bar with bacon, cheese, sour cream, and veggies
- Corn and Potato Chowder with grilled cheese sandwiches
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