Week 1: $52.98
Yes that is exactly how much we spent this week on groceries and I am thrilled! A few things we already had though that you might need to add to your list:
- half a vidalia onion
- olive oil
- leftover steak in the freezer
- brown rice
So here's the weekly breakdown:
Fried Eggs & Toast
Last Nights Leftovers
Peanut Butter on Toast
Grilled Steak with Corn on the Cob - use a simple black pepper and sea salt seasoning on the steaks, then serve with BBQ sauce.
Cajun Chicken Sandwiches with Roasted Carrot Fries - grab a bottle of cajun seasoning, sprinkle over the chicken, grill it then serve it on a toasted bun with lettuce and tomato.
Week 1 Grocery List Game Plan
Below is my list with the cost of each ingredient and why I bought it:
Multigrain Loaf, $1.50. Use it for PB&J, Egg Sandwiches, the Cajun Chicken Sandwich
Dairy: 1% Milk, $3.79.
Desserts: 40 Calorie Fudgicles, $1.00 (on sale), Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips, $2.89.
Grocery: 1 Can Chopped Green Chiles, $1.00 - for the black bean cakes,
1 36oz low sodium chicken broth, $2.00. For the 5-Ingredient Mexican Chicken Soup
1 jar Mrs.Refrenos Salsa Verde, $2.99 (on sale). For the 5-Ingredient Chicken Soup
2 cans 15oz black beans, $0.69 each. For the black bean cakes
1 Jar apricot preserves, $1.89. For the Pork Chops
1 can 16oz cannelini beans, $0.69. For the 5-Ingredient Mexican Chicken Soup
1 jar grape jelly, $1.79. For the PB&J sandwiches
1 large container of Old Fashioned Oats, $1.99. For breakfasts
Meat: Pork Chops, $3.56.
1 package of 5 skinless chicken breasts, $7.48 (on sale). Use for the 5-Ingredient Mexican Chicken Soup & the Cajun Chicken Sandwiches. Produce:
Cilantro, $0.99. For the corn salsa over the black bean cakes and the 5-Ingredient Chicken Soup.
1 pineapple, $2.99. For snacks
2lb Strawberries, $3.99 (on sale). For snacks.
2lb carrots, $1.99. For the carrot & sweet potato mash and the roasted carrot fries.
4-pack of tomatoes, $2.49. For salads at lunch.
1 large jalepeno pepper, $0.16. For the pork chops.
2 limes, $0.50 each (on sale). For the corn salsa.
1 small red onion, $0.43. For the corn salsa
1 bunch scallions, $0.99. For garnishing and adding flavor or crunch to a dish in need.
1 small red pepper, $1.00. For the corn salsa and salads.
5 ears of corn, $2.00 (on sale). For the corn salsa and sides for other meals.
2 small sweet potatoes, $1.00. For the carrot-potato mash.
UPDATE: I messed up...but I'm learning!
The strawberries I bought were bad...like mushy and pliable bad. Yuck! So I headed back to the store and got 2 pints of blueberries for $4.99 (on sale, and that was the price for both together), some baby carrots and mini Wholly Guacamole. This upped the bill another $10.00, so for this week I ended up spending $60.58, which I am still going to chalk up to a good deal since we typically spend anywhere from $100-$150 a week!
For everyone else using this list, just be sure to check your produce and fruits thoroughly before buying so you know what is good and what is not.