Aimee’s $120 Weekly Grocery Haul and Menu Plan
Last week I went to the library and check out some cookbooks for inspiration to help me menu plan. I really have enjoyed Pioneer Woman’s Dinnertime Cookbook. It’s full of great pictures, and easy no-fuss recipes. I do have to modify them since I’m gluten-free and sugar-free, but for the most part, we are able to enjoy them!
For this weeks shopping trips, I went to Sprouts and Aldi’s. I bought a lot of produce and some meat. I have a little stash of meat already in my freezer, and I am really trying to stretch my meat. During the week, some nights I really highlight the meat, and other nights I add it in to a dish and highlight more of the veggies.
Also, we adopted our son from foster care, and he gets to keep his WIC until he turns 5. So for one more year we get free milk every week, which is a total blessing (that is why you may not see milk pictured below). I do not take pictures of those trips.
Sprout’s Trip: Spent $49.67
Grass-fed ground beef – $3.99/lb – stock-up price!
Peaches – $.50/lb – stock-up price!
SunSpire Organic chocolate chips – $.99 on clearance
Aldi’s Trip: Spent $61.38
Blueberries, 1 pint – $1.29 each! – stock-up price!
Gluten-Free bread – $2.59 on sale
Grocery Total: $111.05
(I did end up spending the rest of my budget at Foods Co. to get some personal care products on sale using their digital coupons on the Kroger app. Not pictured)
I purchased 2 cans of Herbal Essences Hairspray for $1.99 each after digital coupon and 4 packages of Q-Tips 500 count for only $1.99 each after promotion. Thankfully I had a few extra dollars in my purse to pay for the overage. Typically this type of purchase would come out of my HOUSEHOLD category, but I just ended up using my grocery money to pay for most of it.
My kiddos (3 girls) have cold lunch 3 days a week, then 2 days a week they eat hot lunch at school. This gives them a chance to have variety and they LOVE IT! It also helps me, so I am not packing 15 lunches a week! My husband is a school teacher, he has a microwave in his classroom, so he can heat up his lunch each day. I made a big chicken broccoli casserole and divided it up for 4 days, the other day he is taking a sandwich.
- breakfast bars, french toast casserole, English muffin toasted with jelly and an egg, ham, blueberries and bananas
- chicken broccoli casserole, sandwiches with fruit and chips, leftovers, salad, and fruit
- Orange Chicken with broccoli and rice
- BBQ Chicken Salad with cheese toast and fruit cocktail
- Hawaiian Burgers with steamed cauliflower
- Chicken and Cheese Hashbrown Casserole with roasted carrots
- Frozen Pizza and GF Pizza Toast with salad
- Oatmeal Waffles with bacon and eggs
- Instant Pot Salsa Chicken and Rice
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