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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | Actually, just a menu plan!

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.

This is an off-week for grocery shopping (yay!) so I just need to share a menu today.


I have to say, I am so pleased that I decided to start grocery shopping every two weeks. It’s saving me a lot of time and stress, and I’m always happy when I find something that accomplishes those two things.


  • Pizza!


  • French Toast
  • sausage from the farm



  • Sloppy Joes on buns (made with beef from the farm)
  • green salad


  • Stuffed Shells (I just use the recipe on the back of the box)
  • french bread
  • some sort of veggie…not sure what yet!


  • We’re using some gift cards from our credit card rewards and are eating out for free. Woohoo!


  • Date night

And now I’m off to go make a snack for the women’s prayer meeting which is at my house this morning. Have a lovely Saturday!

Today’s 365 post: Look what I found!

Joshua’s 365 post: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Brittany @ The MamaZine

Tuesday 15th of February 2011

I just read that you've decided to shop once every two weeks and told my husband about it! We have such a hard time getting to the grocery store and then are miserable when we run out of food. I'm trying to become a menu planner (I'm finding lots of good ideas on T.F.G today, thanks to you!) to make meal time less stressful. I think shopping every 2 weeks might be the other answer. Simple idea, but I don't think I ever thought about doing it before!


Sunday 13th of February 2011

FG- One of my "goals" for the year is to try one new recipe every week. It has been fun! The new recipe for this past week was your Carmel-Pecan Monkey Bread. Absolutely fantastic! My four girls want me to put it into my cookbook to keep. Thanks! In a couple of weeks, I plan to try your Two-Tone Bread. I LOVE baking with yeast!! BW

The Single Saver

Sunday 13th of February 2011

Kristen, have you ever considered freezing milk and bananas so you don't have to made the extra grocery store run? I do this and it works out great! I really hate grocery shopping so the less frequent I have to do it the better!


Sunday 13th of February 2011

I do freeze milk sometimes, but frozen bananas aren't good for snacking, are they? My kid like to snack on them in between meals.

I do freeze bananas to use in smoothies, though!

The off-week grocery run isn't too bad...I often do it after a trip to the gym (it's right near my grocery stores), so I get to go by myself.


Saturday 12th of February 2011

Hello! I have a question, too... Does each family member get their own quesadilla? Or, do you all share 1?! You guys seem to have great portion control! ;)


Sunday 13th of February 2011

Ha! None of us has a big appetite, that much is true. The kids don't often eat a whole quesadilla, but Mr. FG and I do.


Saturday 12th of February 2011

Have a great week. That all sounds good. I had sloppy joes last night that were good.

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