Ever feel like you have fallen off the bandwagon with something? It’s typically dieting or exercise or quitting smoking that you hear about, but I have fallen off of the “grocery shopping on budget” bandwagon. I mentioned in a previous post some ways that we save money on groceries. While those still apply, I have been finding it harder to stay on budget.
This trip I shopped mostly at Save-A-Lot as we have a new one in the area instead of my usual Aldi. I also got a few school lunch items for the kids, my son’s class snack for the month, and yogurt for me at Wal-Mart. While I think Save-A-Lot has a lot more selection and is cheaper on a few items, they are overall, a hair more expensive than Aldi. That’s just a general comparison – not an item by item, store by store comparison. That could have been my mistake….getting off the usual course.
My total at Wal-Mart: $53.46
My total at Save-A-Lot: $177.30 (about $70 of which was fresh fruits and veggies).
There it is…the sad but true realization that that is way above $150.00. Should I beat myself up? Perhaps, but I really have come to the conclusion that unless the garden is in season, we cannot eat truly healthy foods for $150.00/every 2 weeks. If I am wrong, please give me your menu plan and your secrets so I can do it!
I will be headed back to Aldi for the next shopping round on April 16. For now though, here are my thirteen suppers:
Bacon, Mushroom & Spinach Frittata/Fresh Fruit
Pork Shoulder Roast/Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes/Honey Glazed Carrots (CP)
BBQ Pork/Baked Beans/Corn (CP)
Roasted Chicken/Mashed Potatoes/Peas
Chicken Pot Pie/Fresh Fruit
Pork Chops/Noodles/Mixed Vegetables (CP)
Tex Mex Turkey Casserole/Salad (CP)
Orange Chicken/Brown Rice/Cauliflower
Macaroni & Cheese/Broccoli (CP)
Spaghetti with Sausage/Cucumbers with Dressing
*CP simply means the crock pot can be utilized!
Happy Meal Planning, Shopping and Cooking!