Hello again! On Sunday I took a trek to Wal-Mart and Aldi with my two kids and my mother-in-law. She has not been able to drive since before I met her – due to lost eye sight, so she happily joins in any outing that she can. My main reason for going to Wal-Mart was to get the supplies to make another batch of my Homemade Laundry Detergent. While there I picked up a few snacks for the kids for school that aren’t available at Aldi. I don’t do this often, but if we happen to be in Wal-Mart, I will let them get something different than the usual. The snacks counted towards my grocery shopping expenses, as did the drinks I picked up for the crew of kids I have after school most days. I also picked up a big bottle of Pure Vanilla Extract which counted towards the grocery total. I do not count the laundry supplies or the gallon of vinegar that will be used for cleaning — grocery shopping budgets are just for groceries here.
If you have not read my previous post about how I try to save money on groceries, you can check it out here.
I debated about blogging this meal planning and shopping trip because guess what?! I went over budget. I was under last time. You win some, you lose some. Luckily, ours is not quite the type of budget that absolutely has to be stuck to like glue. It has a little bit of leeway. With the food items from Wal-Mart, my trip to Aldi afterwards, and an order from Schwan’s (I have said before that pricey or not, we like their stuff and I feel good helping to support someone trying to make a living like our nice Schwan’s guy), I spent $169.32. From Schwan’s I got 2 items for suppers and 2 half-gallons of ice cream (my hubby is a huge ice cream eater) and had a $20.00 coupon. Next time, I will try to stick to the $150.00 a bit better but I am not going to beat myself up over this one. The food will all be eaten!
Here are my 16 Suppers…in no particular order:
Note: I had two of these main dishes on the previous meal plan but due to the stomach bug in our house, opted to have Roast Chicken & Chicken Noodle Soup two nights to be gentler on the tummy….so they get to carry over).
Shredded Venison/Oven Roasted Potatoes/Salad *CP
Twice Baked Potatoes/Great Northern Beans/Fruit
Fish Sticks/Baked Potatoes/Peas
Taco Salad Casserole
Homemade Pizza/Veggies with Ranch
Ham N Cheese Pockets/Broccoli/Baked Rice Pilaf
Pierogies & Veggies with Cheese
Roast Beef/Potatoes/Carrots *CP
Beef Barley Soup/ Bread *CP
Bean & Ham Soup/Pears *CP
Lasagna Roll-Ups/Broccoli/Green Beans (I will cook small portions of 2 veggies once in awhile. My son and I like Green Beans but my hubby and daughter do not).
Chicken Wings/Parmesan Bow ties/Zucchini (We had a bag of frozen chicken wings that did not get used on New Year’s Eve)
Pork Loin Roast/Mashed Potatoes/Mixed Veggies *CP
*CP —- these are the meals where the main dish is cooked in the crock pot. Marking them as such helps me to choose what might be best to prepare on busier days. If it helps you to choose a new crock pot meal, awesome.
So, there’s 16 meals here which means I can actually go until Feb. 3. Payday is Feb. 1st and i will go shopping as close to then as I can fit in. I did not actually end up needing to cook a supper on Sunday after shopping. The kids spent the night at their grandma’s house and hubby decided we needed to go on a date. <3
Happy meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking, everyone!!!