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.
I spent $17.67 at a local grocery store for a few things to help me squeak by until grocery shopping day. And then I went shopping for real.
Some of you have asked for more detailed shopping list breakdowns, and while I don’t have time to type up everything I bought and the price I paid, I did take the time to break up my groceries into several pictures so you can better see what I bought.
Here’s my refrigerated stuff. The yogurt container is there because I accidentally used up all my homemade yogurt and so I didn’t have any starter. Whoops. The red gallon of milk is for making yogurt.
Here are my non-food purchases. I buy my toilet paper at Aldi because it’s a good everyday price and I don’t have to watch sales or use coupons. Easy-peasy.
I don’t usually buy that much shampoo or conditioner, but we were just about out. The cheap shampoo doubles as body wash. The container on the right is Aldi conditioner, which I’ve never bought before. So far I like it a lot…it feels a lot like the expensive name brand conditioners.
These are my fruits and vegetables…they’re pretty self-explanatory.
And here’s the least virtuous part of my haul…the shelf-stable items. The Mini-Wheats were on a good sale, so I decided to be nice and buy them for my kids. And I’ve since been reminded why I don’t buy new and exciting cereals every week…they eat way more cereal when I do that!
I spent $65.16 at Weis and $71.53 at Aldi.
And while I didn’t buy any meat at Aldi or Weis, I did stop at our local organic store to buy some packaging-free local chicken. It’s $6.49/pound, but you guys, it’s so good, I’m pretty much spoiled rotten. Most normal chicken just doesn’t taste as good to me anymore. This chicken has so much more flavor and is crazy tender.
Anyway, I dropped $28.23 there.
That means I’ve spent $182.29 on groceries this week, but that’s actually not a big deal because I didn’t really go shopping last week. Phew!
Just so you know, 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.
Here’s the dinner meal plan:
- I just found out that our usual takeout plans are getting bumped, so I’m not sure yet what we’re eating for dinner!
Sunday (I try to pick something super easy on Sundays)
- Chicken Noodle Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Takeout date night for Mr. FG and me, something easy for the kids
- Bacon/Chicken Wraps
- Spinach Salad
- Shrimp and Fish Creole
- Garlic Breadsticks
- steamed broccoli
- Pizza. Probably just a regular sort this week.
Today’s 365 post: Melted Chocolate.
Joshua’s 365 post: More Books! (hint: He’s not reading Organized Simplicity. Surprising, I know.)