September Groceries & Menu: First Trip

I have a love hate relationship with the grocery store.  I love to save money on food and other things my family needs, but I really hate taking the time to go get it done.  So early last week I decided that I would start planning my menu and grocery list for two weeks. That’s right, I will buy two weeks worth of groceries and make it last.  During the week I do not have a regular grocery trip, I will supplement with a quick produce, milk and bread trip if any of that is needed.

Let me tell you, this has been great for my sanity.  You see things have been pretty crazy around here between end of summer trips, school starting, planning our homeschool year, bills, budgets, college costs, and the list can go on.  Not to mention I was missing my thyroid medicine too much and began feeling really tired and groggy.  I am now making sure I get my medicine every day, and I will get my levels checked next week.  We have our first month of school planned, and I feel much better.

So, last week I planned the menu, made the list and set out for our first trip of 2 weeks worth of groceries.  I budget $150 per week, and will continue putting that much into my grocery account each week, which will give me my $300 for every two weeks.  I will adjust the budget along the way as needed for the recent steadily rising food prices. Meat is really going to be a big budget problem this year.  So I will be really trying hard to stock up when there are sales of the meat we use a lot.

September Groceries 1

September Groceries 2

September Groceries 3Those cans of chicken, tuna and beans are for hubby’s lunch and dinner.  He’s trying to eat less.

September Groceries 4

September Groceries 5

September Groceries 6

I did all my shopping at Walmart for the week using price matching and $10.00 in coupons to make my final total for this trip $232.85.  Under budget so far for the month of September.  That’s a good thing!

I feel like I didn’t have to spend too much more time planning for 2 weeks of meals and a two week list.  I was even able to add a couple meals to the freezer, which will be an upcoming blog post, but we gotta taste them first.

So onto the menu for the two weeks:

Breakfasts don’t change much around here, so you may always see some of the same items.

french toast
eggs and toast
fruit and yogurt


Cheese Quesadillas
Cheese, crackers and fruit


Sloppy Joe’s, chips and pickles
Scalloped Potatoes with ham
Coconut Lime Chicken
Lemon Chicken in slow cooker with rice and a veggie
Meatballs, hashbrowns and corn
Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Mashed potatoes and corn
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake
Chicken, Broccoli Rice Casserole

Meals out of our house X 3


Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Banana bread
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Phew, I made it and so far we haven’t had to add anything, but never fear that if we do, I will keep you updated so we can keep the budget totals correct.

How often do you grocery shop?  How do you prepare for your trips?

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Weekly Menu Plan August 26 – September 1

This picture may not have much to do with this post, but I think posts without pictures are rather boring.  This is a picture of some of my canning from last year.  I had muscadine jelly, strawberry jelly, strawberry jam and applesauce.  I have yet to can any jelly yet, but here’s to hoping I get some applesauce made.

On to the menu plan for the week.

For breakfast this week we will have oatmeal, cereal, french toast with canadian bacon and blueberry muffins.

For lunch this week we will have boiled eggs and smoothies, sandwiches, cheese and crackers with fruit, homemade pizza and leftovers.

Our dinners this week will be:

Spaghetti and green beans
Chicken Tortilla soup x 2 nights
Pork Loin Chops, rice and veggies
Roast Sandwiches on buns with carrot sticks and ranch
Chicken Taco’s or Chicken Enchiladas, rice and corn

You may notice that my grocery shopping doesn’t include much of the meat for these meals.  The meat is all in the freezer from previous weeks purchases.

What’s on your menu this week?  Have you tried a new healthy recipe lately that you want to share?  

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Weekly Menu Plan August 19-25

Our big girl was home this weekend so we had a small birthday celebration for hubby.  We chose to make the number 43 because the girls said 43 candles would melt the cake!  Besides the fact that we would have never ever gotten 43 candles lit in time!  We had enough trouble with what we had.

Our menu this week looks like this:

For breakfasts we will have french toast, muffins, oatmeal and cereal.

Our lunches will include cheese and crackers, smoothies, boiled eggs and fruit, quesadilla’s and carrots with ranch and a meal out in celebration of back to school.

Our dinners will go something like this:

Sun – chicken dinners purchased for a fundraiser and birthday cake

Mon – Chicken Tortilla Soup (I know it’s hot out, but soup is good choice for healthy eating)

Tues – sandwiches, soup

Wed – Pork tenderloin, rice and veggies

Thur – Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Fri – Roast, carrots and potatoes

Sat – Spaghetti Casserole

I really need to get some variety into my menu planning!  So far nobody has complained though.

What’s on your menu this week?  Trying anything new?  

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Menu Plan July 8 – 14

I am going to start this post by letting you know that many of these items may look quite a bit like some items on the last couple weeks worth of menus.  Some things keep getting bumped, or I just made something simpler we had on hand.  This can and will happen to anyone menu planning.  Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking a certain meal.  It’s okay to change things up a bit.  The important thing is to not order out if you don’t have room for that in your budget.  Stay strong and fix something.  Many times when I am out it would be easier to hit that drive thru, but it’s not as budget friendly or as healthy.  I’m definitely not saying I cook the most healthful things, but I am pretty sure my stuff is better than that fast food.  As a general rule, homemade is always better.

For breakfast this week we are having; cereal, oatmeal, french toast, bacon & eggs, and muffins.

For lunch this week we are having; leftovers, sandwiches, fruit, cheese & crackers and homemade pizza.

For dinners this week we will be having:

  • Spaghetti Casserole (this kept getting bumped)
  • leftovers
  • Potato Bar (bumped from last week)
  • Cheesy Chicken and Rice
  • Breakfast for dinner
  • Fundraiser chicken dinners (my oldest is selling chicken dinners for her team fundraiser)
  • Po Boy Sandwiches (will need to post my recipe)

I promise we did eat last week.  We did eat with friends one night and ate out after a late night a the ball park.  I am slowly clearing out the freezer waiting for some meat to go on sale.  Seems like it has been forever since we had a great meat sale.  Steaks were on sale for the holiday, but I don’t buy steak very often.  I am hoping for a great sale on ground chuck soon.  I will stock up!

Tell me about your menu this week?  Do you plan meals out in advance?  

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Menu Plan July 1 – 7

For breakfast this week we will be having cereal, oatmeal, muffins, pancakes and yogurt.

For lunch this week we will be having sandwiches, smoothies, fruit, macaroni, leftovers and pizza.

For dinners this week we will be having:

  • Spaghetti casserole (got bumped from last week)*
  • Cheesy chicken and rice*
  • Grilled chicken, rice and vegetables*
  • Nacho Bar
  • Baked Potato Bar
  • Pork Loin, vegetables, potatoes*
I will post my grocery shopping results later this evening.  I spent the unusually cool (70’s) morning working outside in the garden and cleaning the pool.  It was a nice break from the 100+ weather we have been experiencing.
What are you having to eat this week?  Trying anything new?
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Menu Plan: June 24 – 30

I work quite a bit this week, so I have planned some simple meals and meals that I can cook ahead of time.  I have a couple meals from last week that got bumped to this week.

For breakfast this week we will have cereal, oatmeal, toast, fruit and muffins.

For lunch this week we will have panini sandwiches, macaroni, yogurt, fruit and pizza.

For dinners this week we will be having:

  • Stroganoff and bread
  • Spaghetti casserole  *(already have the sauce and pasta)
  • pork loin, veggies and potatoes *
  • BBQ chicken, veggies and rice *
  • chicken enchiladas and mexican rice *
  • leftovers
  • sloppy joes and baked french fries

What’s on your menu this week?

Items marked with * were purchased in previous grocery trips and are already in pantry or freezer.

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Menu Plan: June 17-23

This week I am keeping a simple time diary to see where I spend most of my time.  I am hoping it will help me get back on track in many areas of my life including making homemade snacks and dinners instead of eating out.  I am sure my kids will appreciate it. I am also hoping to get my blog posts back on track.  I am sure my readers would appreciate that!  I realize I am a bit late this week, but here is my better late than never menu plan.

If your new to menu planning or wonder why I plan my menu, give this Grocery Saving Snippet a read.  Menu planning is how I come home with groceries to make a meal instead of a lot of stuff that makes nothing!  Believe me, I have been there!  I can’t count how many times I went shopping without a list and menu and brought home a large amount of groceries without anything that went together to make a meal.

For breakfasts this week we will have oatmeal, cereal, english muffins, toast and fruit.

For lunch this week we will have pizza, cucumbers, carrots, vegetable dip, salsa, chips, sandwiches and yogurt.

For dinner this week we will have:

  • Meal out for Father’s Day
  • pork loin, rice and vegetables
  • chicken, vegetables and potatoes
  • tacos and salsa, corn and spanish rice
  • leftovers
  • sloppy joe’s and a vegetable
  • small quick meal like hot dogs, noodles, sandwich

What’s on your menu this week?  Do you enjoy lighter meals when it’s hot outside?  Do you menu plan?  Have you ever came home with a bunch of nothing?  

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