Monday, September 17, 2012

Food Spending Sept. Week 2, Meal Planning Sept. Week 3





       US Govt. Poster From WWII
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And here is the "meal plan" that actually happened last week.....


Sunday--Chicken Enchiladas, Caesar Salad
Monday--Steak Tips in Gravy over Brown Rice, Green Beans
Tuesday--Tacos
Wednesday--Pizza
Thursday--Leftovers
Friday--Salmon, Asparagus on the Grill
Saturday--Chinese take-out
The weekly food spending was  $170.02.  $130.37 in reg. grocery spending and $39.65 at Rite-Aid.
Ugh.
While I got some really good deals and accomplished a savings rate of between 45.55% and 56% at the grocery store, it's still a big chunk of money spent.
I spent the $50 on needs as planned and then I did some stock-ups/rock bottom prices on yogurt, spaghetti sauce, chicken, steak, salmon, taco shells, whack biscuits, dehydrated potatoes, pizza rolls for the teen and I bought 4 boxes of cereal.  
I had to laugh at myself buying cereal again.  Besides the casual box or two of cereal I got for free or almost free in my Rite-aid scenarios over the last few years, I haven't 'on purpose' bought cold cereal since the Fall of 2009.
That Summer and Fall I took advantage of a couple of amazing Sales Promotion by Acme markets.  Here's a couple of photos of some of what I got back then....



Let me also mention it was the last time I bought a nasty Pop-Tart....lol


One of those hauls included 19 boxes of cereal, the other one included 45 boxes.  Of course 27 of those boxes ended up going HERE, but I digress.
The point is, I haven't gone out of my way to buy cereal for us until last week, when I bought 4 boxes.  When it was here in such large quantities the kids ignored it and had to be threatened with bodily harm to get them to eat it.  Bring 4 boxes into a "cereal barren landscape" and they are fighting over who gets it first!  I guess it's basic economic theory--the scarcity of a product imbues it with magical powers and the marketplace will set it's value.
Go figure......

I've spent $249.92 of my $400 monthly food budget so far this month. 
I am going into the new week with these leftovers......a tiny bit of taco meat, which I will add to the new filling for the Enchiladas.

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This week's menu.....
Sunday--Burgers on Rolls, Corn
Monday--Stuffed Shells, Green Beans
Tuesday--Beef Enchiladas, leftover Corn
Wednesday--Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad
Thursday--Pork Chops, Potatoes, Beets
Friday--Leftovers-only 2 home
Saturday--Leftovers
 
What I need to buy this week to serve this menu?.....Ground Beef, Salad Greens.  
Milk, Fruit and some stock-ups('Crack' noodles aka Kraft boxed dinners)will also happen this week.  I'm hoping to "get by" spending $65 this week.
No wait!  There is a Catalina Deal and Hubs needs coffee.
Oh crap.....looks like I'll be going over $400 this month too.
Come back to see how badly I stray from my budget next week! ;-)

So what are you cooking at your house this week?

Sluggy

5 comments:

  1. WOW--what a haul. The cereal would be gone quickly in my house--Cheerios and Golden Grahams are Kevin's favorite---and he eats them in "Jethro" bowls!!! Love your menus. I so need to start doing that again--I save time and money then!! Thanks for the anniversary wishes--some times it feels like a long time and some times it feels like it was just yesterday!!! Hope y'all have a great week. Take care.

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  2. Holy cereal haul! :-) I'm making chicken & broccoli fettuccine tonight, leftovers tomorrow, & maybe a chili mac casserole for Wednesday. I'll be out of town the rest of the week. Yeah for a short cooking week!

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  3. I was buying cereal on great sales, getting four boxes of Cheerios and a gallon of milk for $8.19 by using coupons and other means on top of sales and deals. Over three weeks, I accumulated a dozen boxes. Therefore, I wanted no cereal. I gave away a couple of boxes. When the last box ran out, I was pacing the house, hoping I had stashed a box somewhere.

    Wednesday, I am baking lots of chicken-four breasts and two leg/thigh portions. I have a chicken casserole planned.

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  4. gOOD JOB! We got a free quesidilla maker this weekend and would you believe we're all out of shredded cheese now??... sigh. BUT dinner last night was DELISH!

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  5. The men folk are thrilled. We are eating our frozen pizza stash. It only heats the house up for about 25 minutes. I throw together a salad and call it a meal. My fans are loving me.

    blessings, jill

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