3 Weeks Of Meals For $402

I posted a picture on social media of my grocery cart Monday and a few people expressed interest in knowing the meals I am planning and how I meal plan.  Let’s start with the how to section.  

To start off I simply ask our family if there are any meals they would like soon.  This time there was a request for meatloaf and french dip sandwiches.   After the family weighs in on if they have a meal suggestion I look through the local ads to see if there are any good deals.  We do not eat completely organic right now, but we do for the most part eat real food.  For me the front page and back pages are usually all I look at because that is typically where the meat and produce sales are.  This week there weren’t any good ones, so I just planned to do most of my shopping at Aldi with the exception of cheese and coffee and a few things I could get Ibotta credit on.  Ibotta is an app for you phone that gives you cash back.  I’ve made like $28 since using it.  You scan the item and upload your receipt to get the credit.  Once you hit $20.00 you can get a gift card or get the cash sent to your PayPal account.  If you want to try it out and use this link I think I get some kind of bonus or something for referring you https://ibotta.com/r/mmmyoyuare

Now back to planning meals.  Sometimes I will print out a calendar and write meals on that.  Now, ask me how many times we stick to that calendar!  Hardly ever!  I have found it more helpful for our family to have a running list of all the meal options and just decide the night before what we’ll have.  Since I am working my transcription and Plexus businesses more now I have found that crock pot and freezer meals work perfectly for us.  Scott is home full time, so he takes care of breakfasts and lunches and then we have something ready for dinner in the crockpot or to make up quickly.  I will admit I am a bit spoiled. 😉

Another little tip before I get into the meals we’re making with this grocery haul is to look for meat markdowns.  You can always change your meal plan slightly to use them.  Honestly with a real food style meal planning it’s not hard to do on the fly.  Many of our meals are marinated or seasoned meats with veggie sides.  When we lived in Indy I found that Kroger tended to have the best deals on meat markdowns and usually I found more of them on Tuesdays after 9:00 am.  Occasionally I found them at Meijer.  Here in Southeastern Missouri I find that the best ones are at Schnucks in the mornings, but I have yet to find a best day for the most deals.

Moving on.  Let’s talk about what we got today and what meals are on the plan for these items!  Today I spent a total of $402.81 at both stores.  Here is a list of everything I bought.  Take a nice big breath because this is a long list!

At Schnucks:

Chicken drummettes (2 packages)

3 whole fryer chickens

3 pounds of breakfast sausage

6 pounds of Italian sausage

3 pound beef round roast

1 box of beef stock

Reese Puffs cereal (the boys asked for it so sweetly, plus there was an Ibotta discount)

Starbucks and Folgers coffee

Cream of mushroom and garlic soup

Shredded parmesan cheese

6 bags of Sargento cheese (cheddar and mozzarella)

1 package of Sargento provolone slices

Bag of Chihuahua queso cheese (the best for quesadillas!)

5 gallons of water

Aldi:

Pie crusts

2 baby carrots

4 boxes of pasta

1 package of egg noodles

2 hamburger buns

Deli rolls

4 loaves of sandwich bread

Crackers

Bagels

Pretzels

Oyster crackers

2 packages of pepperoni

2 muffin mixes

4 dozen eggs

4 bags of frozen corn

3 garlic bread loaves

2 bags of frozen chicken breasts

Halloween sugar cookies

2 pizzas (fresh ones from the deli section, so yummy!)

15 pounds of ground beef

2 packages of cheese ravioli

2 packages of string cheese

Multi colored peppers

Yellow onions

Mini sweet peppers

5 pounds of bananas

Black grapes

Romaine lettuce

Apples

Tomatoes

10 pounds russet potatoes

Mandarin oranges

2 packs of mushrooms

Green peppers

3 zucchini

Sweet potatoes

2 cans of artichoke hearts

3 packs of Mexican cheese

3 packs of ricotta cheese

24 yogurts

Stuffing mix

2 cans of tomato soup

2 cans of cream of mushroom soup

4 cans of refried beans

2 cans of cherry pie filling

4 packs of burrito tortillas

3 packs of fajita tortillas

3 packs of fruit squeezies

Sour cream

2 packs of bacon

Fruit bowls (similar to canned fruit, but in single servings)

12 cans of chili beans

Flour

Sugar

2 packs of cottage cheese

Chipotle mayo

8 cans of tomato paste

2 sugar free coffee creamers

2 pumpkin spice creamers

1 vanilla caramel creamer

Summer sausage

Olive oil spray

Pumpkin pie filling

2 cans of black beans

Mini marshmallows

3 packs of chocolate chips

Peanut butter

Grape jelly

Fire roasted tomatoes

2 packs of cream cheese

2 garlic herb marinades

1 gallon of milk

2 bottles of ketchup

Strawberry preserves

Mayonnaise

Pickles

Phew!  That felt like it took forever to type out.  Now let’s get down to the meals all this food will make.  

Breakfasts:

Pancakes 4x

Bacon or sausage and eggs 4x

Smoothies 3x (I bought pumpkin to make protein shakes with! Yum!)

Sausage and biscuits 2x

Bagels and cream cheese 2x

Yogurt 5x

Cereal maybe 2x

Muffins 3x

Lunches:

Leftovers, we have this most days.

Quesadillas

PB & Js, a ton of them. LOL. We’ll make 3 loaves of bread into them for the freezer.

Freezer burritos, again we’ll make a lot of them.  I think I bought 32 big tortillas.

Summer sausage, crackers, veggies

Dinners:

Hotwings and pizza 2x

Hamburgers and fries 2x

Meatloaf, veggies, and mashed potatoes 3x

Spaghetti with garlic bread and salad 4x

French dip sandwiches and sweet potatoes

Crock pot chicken and veggies 3x

Chili 3x

Sloppy Joes and veggies 2x

Pork chops in mushroom gravy with stuffing and veggies

Tacos 2x

Chicken and dumplins 2x

Chicken casserole

Cheesy chicken and rice

Desserts/Snacks:

Cherry pie

Chocolate chip cookies

Halloween sugar cookies

Fruit

Cottage cheese

Cheese sticks

Peppers

Carrots

Applesauce squeezie things

Marshmallows

Meal Plan for 4/22/2013

I really, really want to be one of those women who plan out meals for the week and stick to it.  I admire Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers for that.  I try, oh, how I try.  I’ll have the plan and put it on my fridge only to forget to take something out of the freezer or get distracted by something else.  I really want to make our meals throughout the day more balanced with each other and I know planning is the best way to do so.  So, that being said I’m going to try again.  Prayers and tips would be much appreciated.

Monday, April 22
Pizza
Grilled chicken salad

Tuesday, April 23
Homemade granola and fruit                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pizza
Hamburgers, homemade fries, salad

Wednesday, April 24
French toast, fruit
Quesadillas and veggies
Pulled pork sandwiches, greenbeans, fried potatoes

Thursday, April 25
Chocolate chip pancakes and fruit
PB&Js and veggies
City Group – we’ll be taking ham

Friday, April 26
Breakfast cookies, fruit
Tuna casserole
Chicken fried rice

Saturday, April 27
Big brunch
Pizza

Sunday, April 28
Cereal and fruit
Veal stir fry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crockpot chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Need some ideas?  Check out Organized Junkie for the Meal Plan Monday link up.  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.

Menu Plan for 4/15/2013 – 4/21/2013

I realized that when I don’t plan our dinners by day I do not prepare for it and turn to quick foods which were not on my original list.  It definitely didn’t save us money, if anything caused us to use more.  Back to the original way I did things.

Monday – Tacos

Tuesday – Spaghetti

Wednesday – Tuna casserole

Thursday – Sandwiches

Friday – BBQ pork steaks, mac & cheese, veggies

Saturday – Scott and I will be gone.

Sunday – Baked chicken and veggies

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.

Menu Plan for 3/25/2013

My normal grocery budget is $125.00 a week for our family of 4 eating local (when possible), organic, real foods.  Last week I tried not posting specific days for meals and it worked out well.  So, with that being said I am going to just post 7 breakfast ideas, 7 lunch ideas, and 7 dinner ideas again this week.  You’ll notice a few things on our list are the same as last week as well because we ended up not using them last week.

The following is our meal plan for this week:

Breakfasts

Donuts

Egg in a hole x2

Smoothies x2

Oatmeal (This is a weekend thing. Apparently according to the boys I can’t make it good like Scott does.)

Big breakfast (eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and biscuits)

Lunch

Chicken nuggets and veggies (whatever we have in there)

Pizza

PB&Js with veggies

Sandwiches

Dinner

Fried chicken legs, a gratin turnips, and greenbeans

Tuna Cassarole and salad

Bratwurst, onions, and peppers with rice

Spaghetti with meatballs from deer sausage (Thanks, Mom & Dad!)

Pizza

Pancakes with all the fixins

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.  Need ideas?  Check out the other menu plans on of Menu Plan Monday at Organized Junkie.

Menu Plan for March 18, 2013

I didn’t make a meal plan for last week because it was just Scott and I so in all honesty we went out a lot.  The boys went to my parents house for a week, and then my mother-in-law brought them home on Friday and spent the weekend with us.  It was great to spend time with her.  We don’t get to do it often enough.

This week I am not going to be buying much, if anything, because we did eat out so much last week.  Our fridge is full and I want to keep the spending low.  My normal grocery budget is $125.00 a week for our family of 4 eating local (when possible), organic, real foods.  One thing I’ve noticed from previous meal plans is I am really bad about not making the meals I have for specific days, just call me a rebel. 😉  So, with that being said I am going to just post 7 breakfast ideas, 7 lunch ideas, and 7 dinner ideas.

The following is our meal plan for this week:

Breakfasts

Egg in a hole

Bacon and eggs

Smoothies and eggs

Oatmeal (This is a weekend thing. Apparently according to the boys I can’t make it good like Scott does.)

Big breakfast (eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and biscuits)

Homemade poptarts x2

Lunch

Homemade fish sticks, celery, and tomatoes x2

Leftover Pizza

Dinner

Fried chicken legs and greenbeans

Nacho bar including guacamole

Rubens and a gratin turnips

Bratwurst, onions, and peppers with rice

Pizza

Lasagna wraps and salad

Bacon and eggs

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.  Need ideas?  Check out the other menu plans on of Menu Plan Monday at Organized Junkie.

Meal Plan for March 5, 2013

If you didn’t know yet God healed Eli and I from gluten intolerance last Sunday night!  To read my testimony about it read this post.  So, with that amazing healing we have been eating gluten for a few weeks now.  My grocery budget is now $125.00 a week for our family of 4 eating local, organic, real foods.

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The following is our meal plan for this week:

Monday, February 25th

Breakfast – Chocolate chip pancakes

Lunch – Met Daddy for lunch

Dinner – Baked chicken, salad, and cheese sticks.

Tuesday, February 26th

Breakfast – Bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits with orange

Lunch – Potato and broccoli soup

Dinner – Meatloaf, turnips, and salad

Wednesday, February 27th

Breakfast – Eggs and toast

Lunch – TBD

Dinner – Homemade fish sticks, fries, salad

Thursday, February 28th

Breakfast – TBD

Lunch – TBD

Dinner – Chicken tacos

Friday, March 1st

Breakfast – Chocolate chip pancakes

Lunch – PB&J and snap peas

Dinner – Bratwurst and TBD veggie

Saturday, March 2nd

Breakfast – Big breakfast with bacon, eggs, hash browns, and biscuits

Lunch – Leftovers

Dinner – Pizza

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.

Meal Plan for February 25, 2013

If you didn’t know yet God healed Eli and I from gluten intolerance last Sunday night!  To read my testimony about it read this post.  So, with that amazing healing we have been eating gluten all week.  We’ve been eating a lot of crappy fast food.  It’s time to get back to the healthy basics.  We are starting to use Green B.E.A.N. delivery more often now.  It ends up saving us money when I get everything off of it because I don’t use gas driving around and I don’t buy extras.  Well, not as many extras.  I do buy the lamb bacon from The Smoking Goose often.

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The following is our meal plan for this week:

Monday, February 25th

Breakfast – Rice and oranges

Lunch – Chicken salad lettuce wraps and carrots

Dinner – Breakfast for dinner

To Do: Make extra biscuits

Soak poptart dough

Tuesday, February 26th

Breakfast – Bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits with strawberries

Lunch – Potato soup and PB filled baby bok choy

Dinner – Fried chicken, a gratin turnips, broccoli

To Do: Make homemade poptarts

Wednesday, February 27th

Breakfast – Homemade poptarts and boiled eggs

Lunch – Chicken quesadillas with guacamole

Dinner – Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and glazed carrots

Thursday, February 28th

Breakfast – Bacon and eggs

Lunch – BLTs

Dinner – Loaded potato soup

To Do: Soak pancake batter

Friday, March 1st

Breakfast – Chocolate chip pancakes and kiwi

Lunch – Leftovers and snap peas

Dinner – Bacon ranch chicken and salad

To Do: Soak biscuit and pizza doughs

Saturday, March 2nd

Breakfast – Big breakfast with bacon, eggs, hash browns, and biscuits

Lunch – Leftovers or sandwiches

Dinner – Pizza

What’s on your menu plan for this week?  Do you see something you’d like to try on mine but there isn’t a recipe linked?  Let me know and I’ll get a recipe online for you.

Paleo Menu Plan for 1/15/2013

Shhh, I really sucked at paleo last week.  I blame not planning.  The first week we did great until the weekend.  I have lost 9 pounds so far even not eating it completely this past week.  Now it’s time to do week 2 again starting in the morning.  We’re hopping back on the wagon!

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Monday – Taco Salads

Tuesday – Chicken fried rice (yeah, I know. Like I said it’s a start over tomorrow.)

Wednesday – Turkey Pot Pies (Find the recipe pinned, here)

Thursday – Italian night at City Group. We’re bringing Italian chicken and red sauce.

Friday – Cauliflower Pizza (recipe pinned here)

Saturday – Breakfast

Sunday – Pot Roast with veggies

What are you having for dinner this week?

First Paleo Meal Plan

mealplanmonday_v2Well, 2012 is almost over.  We don’t typically do new years resolutions, but thought we’d join in this year.  We have been wanting to clean up our diet again, because we have slacked on it quite a bit this past year.  We have decided to do a paleo challenge with some friends, which starts tomorrow.  Our first challenge will be for six weeks, until my birthday.  Then, we’ll reevaluate to see what we’ll like to keep and what we’ll change.  So here, my friends, is our meal plan for this coming week.  There will be a few things off paleo in there for the kids, but Scott and I won’t be eating it.

Monday – Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli

Tuesday – Hamburgers with mushrooms and onions and oven fries

Wednesday – Chicken bacon “ranch” with veggie (haven’t decided which yet)

Thursday – Baked potatoes with Smoky Bacon Chili over the top

Friday – Deer steak, carrots, and bacon wrapped asparagus

Saturday – Creamy Chicken Casserole

Sunday – Leftovers

Breakfasts will be eggs or smoothies for me.  I am going to make Scott some egg muffins to have before work (dozen eggs, salt, pepper, and cooked sausage baked in muffin tin for 20 minutes at 350).  The boys will probably have whatever I have unless they request pancakes.  We’ll just wing it for them per the norm.  For lunches we’ll have tons of fresh veggies and sliced turkey or leftovers.  That won’t change much from the usual.

Do you have any primal/paleo eating tips?  If so let me hear them!

Menu Plan for 11/19/2012

Well, the stomach bug didn’t stop at Joey and I.  Eli got it as well late Wednesday night.  Scott never got it, which was great!  We are glad that it is gone now.

 

Meal Plan for 11/19/12

Everything on our menu plan is made gluten free.

Monday – Pulled pork and mashed potatoes

Tuesday – Crockpot chicken and broccoli

Wednesday – Homemade pot pie

Thursday – Thanksgiving! We’ll be making turkey, ham, greenbean casserole, sweet potato puffs, and pies.

Friday – Homemade pizza

Saturday – Leftovers

Sunday – Probably more leftovers or out.

 

What are your plans or what will be at your Thanksgiving day dinner?