Something amazing happened this weekend.
I spent more money at Meijer than I did Aldi! But I pulled a bunch of strings to get there.
See, I really wanted some Starbucks coffee. It was on sale for $5.99, and I can get 125 bonus stars (a free drink!) if I scan the receipt and send it in.
The problem was, I was over-budget. I was stuck choosing between my Starbucks, and chicken breasts from Sam’s Club. So I chose both and worked hard to make it happen.
I had a coupon from Meijer to get $10 off when I spent $50, so I switched a bunch of stuff from Aldi to Meijer to make that happen. It was a bunch of careful price-checking to make sure I wasn’t actually spending more money.
And it worked! I went from being over by $9 to being under by $3. Feeling pretty awesome right now.
In case you missed it, yesterday I issued a 4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer challenge!
This week’s recipes are breakfasts, which means I’m making all the lunches this week to prepare for next week. So you’ll see a few things below (Like extra ham, pepperoni, and cream cheese) that aren’t on the menu but will be in the recipes in next week’s posts.
Brown rice, 2-pound bag: $1.50
Mini marshmallows: $.95
EnviroKids granola bars: $2.50
Bananas, 3.39 pounds: $1.49
Grapes, 2.49 pounds: $2.22
Green bell peppers: $1.69
All purpose flour: $1.15
Half & half: $1.69
Ranch dressing: $.89
Sweetener packets: $1.39
Sweet potatoes, 3-pound bag: $1.99
Deli ham: $4.78
Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix: $1.89
Ritz peanut butter sandwich crackers: $2.42
Turkey pepperoni: $2.49
King Arthur White whole wheat flour: $3.89
2 containers Greek yogurt: $3.99 each, BOGO free
3 cans diced tomatoes: $.49 each
2 blocks cream cheese: $1.00 each
McIntosh apples, 3-pound bag: $1.99
2 bags Starbucks coffee: $5.99 each
4 bags baby carrots: $1.00 each, for Allison’s preschool snack
4 bags frozen vegetables: $1.00 each
Cole slaw mix: $1.00
4 boxes pasta: $1.00 each, got one free from the 10 for $10 sale
Total: $39.81 after a $2.00 reward and a $10.00 off coupon
Chicken breasts, about 7 pounds: $10.65
Weekly Total: $75.37
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Egg Roll in a Bowl
Taco Soup, homemade French loaf
Garlic spaghetti with chicken, frozen broccoli
Zucchini, Black Bean, and Rice Skillet, grapes
Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, Sweet Potato Fries
Oven-Baked Biscuits with butter/honey, string cheese (For Allison)
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Recipe coming tomorrow!)
Yogurt parfait with strawberries, granola bar, peanut butter crackers
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones for a women’s group
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!