Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | Plus the Money Saving Mom winners!

On Saturdays, I share my menu plan for the upcoming week along with a photo of my groceries and a tally of my spending. My goal is to spend $100/week for our food, toiletries, and cleaning products. I’m currently in the midst of trying to buy more local, sustainably-produced food while sticking to my budget. Can it be done? I don’t know, but I’m going to try, and I’ll share what I learn as I go along.

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Ok, on to groceries! I was feeling too lazy to get my zoom lens out, so not everything is visible in this picture.

Here’s some of the stuff that didn’t make it into the first frame.

I spent $50.08 at Weis and $64.71 at Aldi. And then I had to stop at our local grocery store to buy a few things, and that bill was $13.71.

So, my total is $128.50, and I’m not sure whether to say that’s on budget or not, because Mr. FG and I still need to sit down and rework our budget. One of the things I’m hoping to squeeze in is a bit more grocery money. I think I’d really like to have at least $125/week instead of $100.

Oh! I just remembered that I bought two dozen eggs from my local blog reader (Hi, David!), so add another $6 to my total.

What are we eating this week?

Since Mr. FG works second shift, we eat our dinner meal at noon during the week, and at night on the weekends. And our lunch meal happens at night during the week and at noon on the weekends.

We do eat breakfast in the morning, though, all week long!

Breakfast options are homemade yogurt, granola, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, fruit, and cereal.

Lunches will be comprised of sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, homemade yogurt, yogurt smoothies, cottage cheese, fruit, raw veggies, nuts, cheese, and leftovers as necessary ( Mr. FG takes the previous day’s leftovers to work most days.)

Here’s the dinner meal plan:



  • Not positive about this meal yet. I need to talk to the kids and Mr. FG and see what they want to eat.




  • Dirty Rice with Shrimp
  • roasted green beans


  • Fish Sandwiches
  • spinach salad



Today’s 365 post: Bare

Joshua’s 365 post: A Nerdy Narwhal


  1. Alison says

    We had to increase our food budget last year too. Prices have just skyrocketed!!! At the same time we have switched to humane eggs and local milk, so there just wasn’t enough money to go around. I’m still trying to figure out how to fit some local meat in the budget….

    • WilliamB says

      A possible long run solution to local meat is to buy in bulk. This takes prep of course – gotta have that money on hand – but the overall price is much cheaper than buying by the piece. This only works for red meat; there’s no way to raise happy chicken cheaply.

  2. says

    Good that you plan for a take out night so it is budgeted for and isn’t an unexpected expense! Budgeting for lies little pleasures means that spending won’t run away with you – but you don’t feel that all the fun has gone out of life!!

    • Kristen says

      Sometimes! I use them in soups, mostly, and my family likes scalloped potatoes too. And I sometimes fry up potato cubes.

  3. Jen says

    Happy to see the stuffies!
    I’m still getting the 404’d it message when I click on your 365 link a tthe bottom of the post.

  4. says

    I think that’s great that you are keeping track of your spending. That is something I need to to, too…especially with some recent changes in my family’s situation, too. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  5. Emily says

    I think I’ve noticed toys in several of your grocery posts. Do you buy a “fun” item for your kids each shopping trip? Do you take that out of your grocery budget, or is it a part of your fun budget?

    • Kristen says

      Haha! Nope, those are just stuffed animals they already own…they like to hide them in the grocery photo sometimes. :)

  6. Susanna says

    LOL looks like you DID get your $125 this week! :-) I know I know it averages out but a man usually agrees to more food I think! I like seeing how you make it with less though – I think the All You magazine challenge was $25 per person per even at $125 you’d be doing better than that challenge I think.

  7. Beka says

    Hey there! I’m new to your blog and thoroughly enjoying it. My hubby and I have been budgeting for a long time now, but as others have noted, prices have skyrocketed. Plus we have three kids now :D Anyway, I try to stay within $150 a week for all the household needs/groceries. I was wondering, do you and your husband count your eating out day as part of your total? Oh, and we are going to try the tortellini soup recipe this week, along with the pull apart garlic bread. Thanks!!!

  8. Danielle Murray says

    Thank you for all your inspiration! I am a SAHM, children’s pastor and am trying to be very frugal. I just posted my groceries for the week on my blog. $24.95 for the week. I love looking at your recipes (I just did the yogurt last week) and getting ideas. Feel free to check out what I got as well!

  9. says

    I am not too frugal on the grocery bills yet but have been doing pretty well with menu planning and avoiding waste, at least. I have been trying to decide how much imported fruit and veg to buy in the winter, versus the local “staples.”

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