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Grocery Spending and Menu Plan-1.31


I don’t have time this week to do a full grocery report, so you just get a picture. I know some of you will be wondering why I bought a few boxes of prepared snacks(like granola bars)…I normally make stuff like that myself, but there was a ridiculously good deal going on at Weis, and with some doubled coupons, I paid almost nothing for them. Rest assured that these are not normally on my list. 😉

I spent $57.56 at Weis this week. However, I returned the dandruff shampoo I bought last week(I got some at Aldi instead), so I got $5 back. I also got $5 cash back from a promotion on the granola bars I bought, and I had a rebate for the Windex ($3.69). So, I actually only spent $43.87 of my grocery budget at Weis. I would have spent quite a bit less there this week, but Tyson boneless skinless chicken breasts were on sale for $1.59/pound. That’s a really good price, and it’s the chicken brand that Cooks Illustrated rated a best buy.

At Aldi, I spent $45.39, which bumps my total up to $89.26. I was pretty happy with that, considering I stocked up on chicken, but then I remembered that I’d spent $5 at Lauer’s earlier in the week(two cans of beans and a box of tapioca). Sooo, I’m at $94.26 for the week. That is still within my weekly budget($80-$100), but I really prefer to keep it closer to $80 than that.

To help me with that in February, I’m participating in the February Food Challenge over at Give Me Back My Five Bucks. I said that I would spend $320($80 a week) on groceries for the month of February, and hopefully I’m up to the task.

Here’s the food plan for this week(as a reminder, lunches and breakfasts are not included here, but are included in my grocery spending/budget. A post about that is here.)


  • The husband and I are going out to eat, all by ourselves! I’m very excited about this…we haven’t had a date night since September, and this one should be very cheap as I have $30 in gift cards to our restaurant.


  • French Toast
  • fried cornmeal mush
  • OJ


  • Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  • English Muffins
  • grapes(yup, they were on sale again!)


  • Shrimp Veiness
  • Garlic Bread
  • Horseradish Carrots
  • green salad


  • Grilled Jerk Chicken with grilled pineapple(I got one for $2 at Weis!)
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • apple slices


  • a new chili recipe from Cook’s(a beanless recipe…my husband hates beans)
  • cornbread
  • grapefruit halves


  • Stromboli
  • green salad

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Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

Thank you


Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

Amanda, this blog: is about living gluten free on a budget. Maybe you'll find it helpful. Good job on the shopping!

Wendy, I totally agree. I could save SO much money if he would eat beans. But, I'm going to keep him anyways. lol


Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

I wanted to stop by and say hello and that I am using you as my inspiration. I know you've done frugal for a long time and I used to and somehow got out of it. I went food shopping - ok, I used the shop at home service - and saved $30.58 today on sales and coupons. My total for 2 weeks worth of food was $116.30.

Our newest challenge is celiac disease. There are two in the house that are gluten free. It is by no means cheap. If you know anyone out there with tips I'd love to hear them.


Monday 2nd of February 2009

Thanks for the reply! I completely agree with you about it not being mean to say no and I love that you feel so comfortable with saying no - and I usually do, too. When he gets a little older (he's 3 1/2 now) I am looking forward to having the conversation where we talk about money and budget and how we don't buy lots of things but either mommy or daddy (and usually both!) are always home with him. And I'm hoping he'll see that as a desirable exchange. :) We so rarely go out with the kid that when we do and he wants something it feels fine to see it as a treat. I was just wondering about you since I figured you take your kids with you everywhere. Thanks again for all the great info and inspiration! :)


Monday 2nd of February 2009

Good job, Stacey!!

My kids do sometimes ask me to buy treats that they want, but at this point they're pretty well used to me saying, "No, that's not on sale." lol I think it's ok to splurge sometimes, but I'm very comfortable just saying no a majority of the time. It's not mean to say're just trying to live responsibly on a budget, and that's good for kids to see.

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