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.
For the first time in ages, I forgot to put my reusable bags in the car. Fortunately, I had a few stuffed into a back-of-the-seat pocket, but only enough for my Aldi groceries.
So, I came home with 4 plastic bags from Weis.
Also, I made the mistake of eating only a smallish bowl of cold cereal for breakfast, so by the time we got home from shopping, my blood sugar was kind of low, and I was in straight to lunch mode (granola sticks with me way longer than regular cereal. Must make another batch.).
So, that’s why my groceries are still in the bags in the picture. I didn’t feel like unloading them, snapping a picture, and then putting them away.
I spent $44.74 at Weis and $87.27 at Aldi. Plus I spent $6 at a farm stand to buy local corn and cantaloupe. And I spend $0 to get a bunch of tomatoes and peppers from my parents’ garden.
My total for right now is $138.01, which leaves me with $42 to spend until my next bi-weekly shopping trip. I’ll use that to make a milk run, a produce stop at a local farmstand, and also to buy some local packaging-free chicken at our local organic store.
What are we eating this week?
For breakfast, I’m going to make some more granola because most cold cereal doesn’t keep me full long enough. In addition to granola, our other options are whole wheat toast, homemade yogurt, fruit, scrambled eggs, and maybe some pancakes because I need to use up some buttermilk.
Lunch options are sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, homemade yogurt, yogurt smoothies, cottage cheese, fruit, raw veggies, nuts, cheese, and leftovers as necessary (Mr. FG eats leftovers almost every day).
And here’s the dinner plan:
- Pizza Bagels (it’s still too hot to turn the oven on to 500 ° and too hot to stand outside grilling pizza)
- green salad (uh, hopefully. See my confessions post.)
- I think we’re going to have a cold snacky dinner instead of breakfast for dinner…popcorn, cheese, raw veggies, fruit, ham roll-ups, and such.
- Bacon Cheddar Quesadillas
- green beans
- Chutney Chicken Sandwiches
- sliced tomatoes
- Pan-Sauteed Tilapia
- Zucchini Patties
- Mandarin Chicken Salad (bumped from last week)
- garlic bread
- probably some fruit, since the chicken salad is a green salad
- Takeout date night for Mr. FG and me, something easy for the kids