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.
Those cans of chicken, tuna and beans are for hubby’s lunch and dinner. He’s trying to eat less.
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.
eggs and toast
fruit and yogurt
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
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?
making a habit out of living frugal…..
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