This week will be quite different than the others!
First of all, we’re eating away from home 3 days this week so the groceries are a little light. It’ll definitely feel weird not cooking for 3-4 days straight!
Secondly, we were blessed with a shopping trip with my parents. We went to Marc’s, a grocery store that just opened up; and Costco. Here’s a picture of what we received:
It’s a lot of small things that will really help us out, but I wanted to showcase it here so you know what’s currently in my house. By the way, have you ever tried the Kerrygold Dubliner cheese? It’s pretty much the best cheese ever and this block will probably gone in a week. And those sriracha baked beans were marked down, 5 for $1.00. Not sure if they’re good, but I’m obsessed with sriracha so I’ll give them a try!
I ended up with a $15 overage, which I’m probably putting towards frozen veggies next week at Meijer. My freezer is starting to look a little bare, so that will help!
As usual, here’s a disclaimer about my $30 weekly menus:
- I’ve lowered our grocery budget by choice. We’ve chosen not to pursue food assistance from the government.
- My pantry contains essentials such as rice, pasta, peanut butter, and baking items, as well as a little meat in the freezer. You may not be able to recreate this menu for $30 as I’m not exactly starting from scratch every week.
- I’m buying whole foods as much as possible- I won’t be perfect, but I’ll do what I can with the money we have.
- My menu may have more vegetarian meals, or just less meat in general- But I still aim to keep my diet high-protein due to my workouts, which is why you’ll see lots of Greek yogurt, eggs, and cottage cheese.
Nestle chocolate chips, 4-pound bag: $9.98
Dannon Light and Fit yogurt cups: $12.98
Total: FREE thanks to a gift card from Swagbucks!
Suave body wash: Free from a coupon I received in the mail
4 bags of Goldfish: $.99 each after Buy 5, Save $5
Sweet Baby Ray’s hot sauce: $.99 after Buy 5, Save $5
Hershey syrup: $2.49. I’m using this in my homemade cold brew and it’s really good!
2 blocks Kroger cheese: $.99 each
Green chiles: $.89
Zone Perfect bar: Free from Free Friday Download
Ensure Max Protein Drink: Free from Free Friday Download
18-count eggs: Free from a coupon I received in the mail
Breakfast sausage roll: Free from a coupon I received in the mail
Sausage links: Free from a coupon I received in the mail
Total: $8.31, but used a Kroger gift card. I also used a $2.00 off coupon I received a couple weeks ago.
Fresh broccoli: $1.59
Cream cheese: $1.49
Tub of butter: $2.29
Coffee creamer- $1.79
Veggie straws: $1.89
Weekly Total: $14.58
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Mexican Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole– It’s been awhile since I’ve made this, but I have most of the ingredients already!
Scrambled eggs on English muffins*, fruit- Didn’t make this last week
Shredded BBQ chicken* with rice* and roasted broccoli, fruit
Small group- Ordering pizza and bringing the Oreos and veggie straws for the kids
Dinner event at church
Dinner out for my sister’s birthday
Pizza Quesadillas, frozen veggies*, fruit
Carrot Pancakes– Made a huge batch on Sunday and froze almost all of them
Oatmeal (Oats*, milk, PBFit powder*, sliced bananas)
Half a bagel with cream cheese, cheese cubes, raisins*, pretzel sticks* with hummus
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.