$100.00 weekly budget for groceries? Are you kidding? I get it; I thought this task would be impossible. But with a little work, price-matching, and meal-planning, it works.
This plan is not fool-proof, and if not carefully examined and followed, you could run into a few hiccups like we did last week. In the middle of the week, we ran out of block cheese and had to buy another block for $4.97. But, we were still within the $100.00 weekly budget.
As with last week, we will be creating a new menu using many of the ingredients we either have on hand or purchased last week.
A few things to consider:
∅I assume that most families have the necessary items such as sugar, seasoning, flour, and oil stocked in their pantry cupboard.
∅I do not include milk in the budget because this is an item that we use frequently.
∅I regularly shop at Wal-Mart, and the prices may vary depending on your location.
∅If a recipe calls for an item that I won’t use again; I often omit it.
This week we are attempting to stay within budget and purchase a few extra items to build our stockpile.
We always have eggs, bacon, oatmeal, pancake mix and cereal readily available in our stockpile.
◊Ham and Cheese Wraps/Mini Buns (click for recipe)
◊We often eat leftovers for lunch.
These items typically last more than a week, and because we buy them on sale, we typically have plenty in the cupboard.
◊fresh fruit (depending on what is in season)
◊great value granola bars
◊great value rice krispie squares
Sunday: Cuban Pork
Monday: Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan
Tuesday: Crockpot Stuffing Chicken with Greenbeans (click for recipe)
Wednesday: Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Thursday: Tex Mex Pasta
Friday: Chicken Pot Pie (click for recipe) (we used one package of the pie crust that we bought last week while it was on sale)
Saturday: Cabbage Rolls
This week we spent $90.02 (based from Receipts)
What are you eating this week? Leave us a comment to share your ideas. If you need any information about recipes, please send us an e-mail.
Please Note: I post my weekly menu to encourage menu planning and to give meal ideas, not as a nutritional standard. You should feed your family based on your priorities and values.