US Govt. Poster From WWII
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
Friday--Salmon, Asparagus on the Grill
The weekly food spending was $170.02. $130.37 in reg. grocery spending and $39.65 at Rite-Aid.
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....
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.
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.
This week's menu.....
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
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?