So, it turns out you guys love grocery shopping and meal planning posts as much as I do!
Since I got a lot of great feedback from my first grocery haul on a budget post, I decided to start a series of grocery haul and meal planning posts so you can see how I switch it up from week to week. You can read the first grocery haul on a budget here.
Here are the details for this grocery haul and meal plan. My weekly grocery haul budget is $125 a week for a family of four.
We are all home right now since it is summer, so I have to buy lots of snacks. I usually don’t buy so many snacks but the need for lots of snacks is real during the summer. Also, I bought supplies to bake cupcakes for the 4th of July neighborhood party which is not something I normally buy.
I shop mainly at Aldi and Sprouts. They have the best prices and the freshest produce around here. Plus, they are both small grocery stores so I am less likely to get sucked into the center aisles with all the wonderful things. *sigh*
This week we also had two dinners out. Once for a company picnic and the other for my son’s birthday.
Even with that, we were still over budget this week. However, we were under budget on our last trip so it all balances out. Tracking your spending is a great way to make sure it all balances out at the end of the month!
Check out my 3 Simple Steps to Reach Your Financial Goals to learn more about how we budget and track our spending.
Also, I don’t calculate this in my weekly spending, but find out how I earn money on my grocery shopping
Frozen Shrimp $4.99
Fresh Ground Turkey $3.49
2 Cream Cheeses $1.29 x 2
Whole Wheat Spaghetti $1.09
Organic Rice $2.99
2 Gallons of Milk $2.29 x 2
Yellow Cake Mix $.85
Chocolate Cake Frosting $1.15
Applesauce Pouches $1.69
Granola Bars $2.39
2 packages of Sliced Cheese $1.99 x 2
Colby Jack Cheese $1.99
Mild Cheddar $1.99
Organic Peanut Butter $3.39
Tomato Paste $.39
Green Tea $.99
Canned Organic Pinto Beans $.89
Red Cherries 2.12lb x 1.69/lb $3.58
Potato Chips $1.79
Multigrain Tortilla Chips $1.89
Bananas 2.17 x .44/lb $.95
Seedless Watermelon $3.49
Paper Towels $5.99
5lb Russet Potatoes $1.99
Broccoli Crowns .5lb @ .98/lb $.49
Cluster Tomatoes .96 lb @.98/lb $.94
Cucumbers 1@2 For $1.00 $.50
Garlic 1 @2 for $1.00 $.50
Organic Fuji Apples 3 Lbs $4.99
Organic Romaine Hearts 3PK $2.99
Red Bell Peppers 1@ 2 for $3.00 $1.50
Red Mangos 2 @ 2 for $1.00 $1.00
Sweet Corn 4 @ 3 for $1.00 $1.34
Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies $1.99
Larabar 2@4 for $5.00 $2.50
Larabar 1@4 For $5.00 $1.25
Macaroni and Cheese $.99
Organic Refried Beans $1.49
Organic Wheat Crackers $2.99
Whole Wheat Penne $2.99
Extra Large Eggs $1.59
Chicken Breast Lunch Meat $4.82
Organic Chicken Breast 8.39
Dave’s Everything Bagels 4.79
Multi Grain Bread $3.99
Organic Multigrain Waffles $2.79
Weekly Total: $126.15
Here are the things I had on hand in the pantry that were part of our meal plan: honey, lemon, and tortillas.
Penne a la Vodka with ground turkey and broccoli (makes 2 meals)
Spaghetti with shrimp scampi and salad
Grilled Chicken Mashed potatoes, salad and corn on the cob
Rice and Beans (with leftover grilled chicken mixed in) with a salad
Lunches (all lunches served with fruit)
Crackers, cheese, and lunch meat
Macaroni and cheese
Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches
Bean and Cheese Quesadilla
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Waffles and Fruit
Bagels with Cream Cheese and Fruit
Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit
Granola Bars (lara bars for me)
Whole Wheat Crackers with Cream cheese and fruit
Apples and Peanut Butter
Check out the full Grocery Haul and Weekly Meal Plan Series to see how I’ve been doing with my grocery budget and find more meal plans.