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

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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.

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?

Meal Plan 11/5/2012

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Meal Plan for 11/5/12

Monday – Roasted chicken

Tuesday – Ham & beans

Wednesday – Turkey burgers and fries

Thursday – City Group.  I am making GF chicken Alfredo.

Friday – Chicken fried steak, broccoli, and mashed potatoes

Saturday – Grilling (no idea what we’ll get yet)

Sunday – Cheeseburger in Paridise – we have a gift card.

We had so much fun last week!  We had friends come over to go trick or treating with us.  We had a firefighter, police officer, dinosaur, cheerleader, raccoon, crazy guy, and a cat.  I was pretty amazed because there were not many houses doing it this year, but we had some yummy chili and fellowship afterwards. We can’t forget eating the candy too!  Eli didn’t get a single non gluten free piece so that made life easier.  Here are some pictures of our boys for your enjoyment.  I forgot to ask about using pictures of the other kids so I won’t post them.

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What was your family dressed up as this year?  I would love to see pictures as well!

Meal Plan for 10-29-12

We had a great weekend!  We got to spend Saturday with the adorable Hampton kiddos!  Our kids always play so well together.  Then on Sunday we got to have 3/4’s of the Zimmerman family over for yummy pot roast!

Here’s our meal plan for this week:

Monday ~ Philly stuffed peppers and cheesy “noodles” (spaghetti squash. I am giving it another try after trying Shelby’s.)

Tuesday ~ Pizza soup

Wednesday ~ Stuffed chicken breast with broccoli Chili. I switched Tuesday and Friday around because we have friends coming to go trick or treating with us so I needed something easy that feeds a crowd!

Thursday ~ City group, we’re bringing GF eyeball cakeballs.

Friday ~ Chili Stuffed chicken breast with broccoli

Saturday ~ Leftovers

Sunday ~ Crockpot chicken and TBD veggies

I have some of these recipes on my Pinterest.  If there isn’t one for what you want to try I probably made it up.  If youleave a comment I will create a post on how I make it for you.

This post is also linked to Organized Junkie Monday Meal Plan. Check it out if you need some ideas!

Camping and Menu Plan Monday 6/18/2012

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We had a fun weekend.  We went camping on Saturday.  It was supposed to be only a 30% chance of sporadic showers.  We could handle that.  No biggy.  When we went to sleep that night there wasn’t a cloud in the sky so we decided to leave the cover tarp thing off and have open windows.  That may have been a small mistake.  At about 5:00 am on Sunday morning I felt rain come pouring on my head.  I jumped up yelling, “Rain! Rain! Get the cover!”  Which I am sure scared poor Scott and the boys to death because they were all still sleeping right through the rain.  Seriously, if I weren’t there they would probably have not woke up until they were floating.  You’ll be happy to know we got the cover tarp thing on and everyone, except me, fell back asleep.  I ended up waking up getting up and taking a nice warm shower, alone with no children pounding on the door (score!).

However, my excitement soon turned as I realized I had forgotten to pack my own clean under clothes!  Oh, I remembered for everyone else and forgot mine.  I could not put on dirty ones.  Yuck!  What to do?  Well, what any desperate ingenious resourceful woman would obviously do, wash them by hand in the shower and used the hand dryer to dry them.  I just have to say praise the Lord no one came in while I was standing around in my towel washing and drying my undergarments.  It may have been a tad bit embarrassing.  After that little fiasco, we went to Scott’s Grandparents’ house to visit.  Nothing overly exciting happened there, which I was grateful for because I had enough for the day.

Scott and I have decided to embark our family on eating better.  As most of you know we already eat mostly organic, but that does not mean healthy!  First on our list is cutting out soda.  We are also cutting out on bad carbs/lowering carbs and I am taking out gluten for me again.  I just feel horrible since eating it again and don’t feel it’s worth four more weeks of this to get the celiac test.  I know it bothers me so I just need to stay away no matter if it is just a sensitivity or celiac.  Another positive of not being testing is it will not be on my medical record.

And without further ado, the meal plan for this week (we have a lot of chicken in the freezer, as you’ll see):

 

Monday:  Chicken Stir Fry using Brown Rice

Tuesday:  Chicken Tacos

Wednesday:  Meatloaf, Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans Thursday: 

Friday:  “Breaded” Chicken Tenders and Veggies

Saturday:  Grilled Chicken and Veggies

Sunday:  Chicken Alfredo for Lot Family

 

I am in need of lower carb lunch ideas.  The obvious choice is salads, but I want more variety.  Do you have any suggestions?