Did you all have a great weekend? We sure did! We went to Kings Island- again. But we need to make good use of these season passes!
I had a blast shopping at Kroger this weekend, thanks to Cinco de Mayo specials! I loaded up my freezer with tortillas and my cupboard with salsa, so we’re all set for awhile. We had to buy sunscreen, which took $10 out of our grocery budget so I couldn’t stock up as much as I wanted to. But next week at Meijer frozen vegetables are $1.00, as well as whole wheat pasta. And I need to go to Sam’s to buy more essentials- like string cheese, PBFit powder, and maybe yogurt- so maybe look forward to some pantry meals next week!
Let’s talk lunches for your kids for a minute. Do you do anything special as far as lunches go, or will they eat dinner leftovers? Allison won’t eat leftovers because she won’t even eat my dinner; so I make sure she gets a healthy-ish lunch of food that I know she’ll eat. I’m experimenting with homemade Lunchables this week because she on-and-off again likes deli meat, so follow me on Instagram for pictures and updates!
I’m pretty happy with what I got this week, though. Here’s what I bought and what we’re eating:
Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet
2 Boboli pizza crusts: $.50 each
Sara Lee Artesano hamburger buns: $.50
2 loaves Brownberry Organic Whole Grain: $.50 each
2 loaves Brownberry Whole Grain 17 Grains and Seeds: $.50 each
Mini Cinnamon Brown Sugar bagels: $.50
Total: $4.00. Everything except the bagels went in the freezer!
2 Dannon yogurts: $1.00 each
2 cups Siggis Skyr: $.69 each, marked down
Whole wheat lasagna: $1.49
5 packages Ole soft taco shells: $.49 each after digital coupon. 4 of these went in the freezer.
3 jars Private Selection salsa: $.99 each after digital coupon.
Pizza sauce: $1.19
2 packages yellow squash: $.99 each, marked down
Bananas, 2.49 pounds: $.95
Green bell peppers: $1.59
Cooking spray: $1.49
Sweet potatoes, 3-pound bag: $1.99
Yogurt tubes: $1.55
Deli ham: $2.99
Tub butter: $2.29
2 containers cottage cheese: $1.79 each
Chicken sausages: $2.99
2 packages strawberries: $.99 each, marked down
2 cans diced tomatoes: $.45 each
Tomato paste: $.39
Pasta sauce: $1.89
Crest kids toothpaste: $2.59
- Used $1.00/1 mPerks coupon
2 cans sunscreen: $6.09 each, were BOGO 50% off
2 dozen eggs: $.49 each
Promised Land chocolate milk: Free after a digital coupon
Yoplait Mix-Ins: Free after a digital coupon
12-pack soda: $2.99
Weekly Total: $69.35
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Refried bean* and cheese* quesadillas, Mexican Cauliflower (Using regular cheese)
Lasagna, Bread Machine Breadsticks
Caesar Chicken sandwiches, roasted sweet potatoes
Homemade pizza using one of the Boboli crusts
One-pan chicken sausage and veggies (Chicken sausages, squash, sweet potatoes)
Baked French Toast
Scrambled eggs (With spinach, mushrooms, and bell peppers), toast
Homemade Lunchables: Deli ham, sliced cheese*, crackers, strawberries, yogurt tube
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!
Tuesday 8th of May 2018
Thanks for your recipe on Mexican cauliflower! Looks great and I already have all of those items : ) When I found your blog at the beginning of the year, I tried to stick to a budget similar to yours, but for where I live (California) and our diet (vegan) $75 just wasn't enough, so I upped it to $100/week (which I have stuck to and I'm so proud!). But this week, I only had $75 to spend. I'm using some pantry meals and I have been freezing leftovers if we aren't going to eat them before they go bad, so that will help me this week. My kids either take dinner leftovers for lunch or make an avocado/cucumber sandwich or PB and J along with fruits and snacks : ) PS, my kids love your idea of pancakes for dinner. We do it once a week and tonight is pumpkin chocolate chip pancake night : )
Tuesday 8th of May 2018
A vegan diet can get a little expensive, but that's awesome that you've been able to stick to a lower budget! We love pancakes for dinner, too. =) But a lot of times, "pancakes" is code for "Pancakes is only a backup plan in case we have extra leftovers or go out for dinner". I think we end up having pancakes only 2 out of the 4 times I plan it!