Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Weekly Menu

So we're not much on a set menu. I mean, what if I have chicken planned and all the sudden get a craving for burgers? Or what if I miscalculate and some of my produce is on the verge of expiring?

I have found though, that it's fairly easy for me to plan 7 days worth of food and then choose one of those 7 each day... Makes grocery list making and shopping a LOT easier.

So for this week I planned:
Weekdays-Cereal, fruit, & milk
Weekend- Sausage, eggs, biscuits, & gravy - & - Bacon, eggs, & toast
Chili Dogs twice, Sandwiches 3 times, & leftovers twice.
Chicken sandwiches & fries
Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper (I add corn & black beans)
Buttermilk chicken, veggies, & mashed potatoes
Italian Chicken, veggies, stuffing, & mashed potatoes
Burgers & fries
Bean or Lentil soup with ham and carrots

I had all the necesary meats other than breakfast stuffs in the freezer from earlier this month... I have tons of veggies in the freezer ALWAYS, and I got 20lbs of potatoes last week when they were on sale for $1.99/10lbs. I would have gotten 30 or 40lbs but I only had 2 hands and no buggy that day LOL! I've learned to make great fries from scratch now... The secret is to fry them twice. I'm debating experimenting with frozen fries... Perhaps baking them first, freezing, and cooking from frozen like the store-bought ones... Soon.

Today's Grocery HAUL

Okay, so maybe it's not THAT much, but for what I paid?

I shopped at Aldi, Murphy USA, and WalMart.

I got-
3lbs Bananas, 3 tomatoes, 4 peaches, 1lb strawberries, 1.5lbs grapes
16oz sour cream, sliced cheese, 1lb butter, 1 gal milk, 8oz shredded cheese, YoToddler 4pk
2 bags chips, 2boxes cornbread mix, bread, hot dog buns, self rising flour
bologna, bag of chicken patties (2 meals worth),
2 pkts of Peanut Butter & Co., mayo, mini marshmallows
5 x 32oz Powerade, energy shot, monster slim jim, & 2pks cigs (for Rickey... blech.)

Total spent- $30.75

My big sense of accomplishment though, comes from Wal-Mart, where I discovered a coupon money-maker all by myself! There is a Peanut Butter & Co coupon floating around the net for $1 off any. No size restrictions. My Wal-Mart carries single serve packets for $0.68 each. 2 prints of the coupon = $0.64 profit from Dark Chocolate Dreams LOL!

The Murphy trip was all about freebies too... Rickey needed cigs anyway, and I had gotten some Murphy coupons in the mail the other day... The Monster Slim Jim & the energy shot were both free.

All told I saved $11 in coupons today, and everything I bought was something we will actually use this week rather than taking up space with a stockpile.

Next time I'll try to get a picture before I put it all away...

UPDATE: The PB&Co coupon came from their Facebook page.