Finding myself without a job unexpectedly has thrown a wrench into so many things, but we still have to eat. (I’ll touch on the other stuff in a separate post sometime.) My goal this weekend was to use what we have (in the cupboards or freezer) and buy only what was on my list. It mostly worked.
I had to stop in at Aldi on Thursday and I picked up a few items that I know we would need. On Saturday morning, I went to the local tailgate market and picked up a few larger tomatoes (enough for Monday’s dinner), a pound of ground beef, eggs and peaches. When I was at the grocery store, I bought from the list, but I picked up an extra pack of chicken because it was on sale. We’ll freeze it and use it next month for sure.
I spent $84 on a week’s worth of groceries. The beef was local/grass-fed and the eggs came from chickens that I could go meet if I asked the farmer. He’d have no issues with that. 😉 (In fact, he and his wife were telling me what the feed the chickens, and it sounds like the chickens have a really good life!) The chicken was also organic, which is why I stocked up. It’s not often that I can find this particular chicken on sale.
One other thing that is no longer adding to the cost of groceries is soda. I’m not drinking it (I haven’t really in 3 weeks) so we’re saving a lot of money each week by not buying it. I used to spend at least $10 on soda for the house, soda for work, etc. It was bad.
Now onto the menu….
Sunday – spiedies (we had a bottle of marinade that was about to expire. This was quick and easy.)
Monday – pasta a la caprese
Tuesday – hot dogs (I think we’re down to 60 hot dogs in our freezer. Anyone want to come over for dinner?)
Wednesday – fajitas (peppers are in our garden, so no extra charge there.)
Thursday – tilapia
Friday – Open. I’m not sure if we’ll be home during dinnertime.
Saturday – party time. We’re ordering pizzas for our son’s 2nd birthday party!
What cost-saving tips do you have for grocery shopping?