Well, we survived our first full week of Kindergarten! Allison did amazing and absolutely loves her new school; and while I’m still getting adjusted to being a working mom, things are still going pretty smoothly. Finding a new routine takes time, right?
One thing I did differently this week was to use non-grocery money to buy some grocery items- namely, Crystal Light packets. When they go on sale for 99 cents, we try to buy as much as possible; but this week I didn’t have any leftover money from Grocery to cover it, so we took it out of our Miscellaneous budget instead. I don’t do this often- the last time was like last year when I bought 8 jars of peanut butter!
Allison’s also packing her lunches, and has requested something different for lunch every day instead of having the same thing 5 days in a row. So I’m trying to figure out an easy way to keep track of how many items from each food group I need to buy every week without blowing the budget. If I come up with something by next week, I’ll let you know!
Here’s what I managed to buy this week:
Mr. Mac’s Grocery Outlet
2 bags Birdseye Protein Blends: $1.00 each
Ritz Toasted Chips: $2.00
Gevalia coffee: $3.25
Nature Valley Bars: $1.50
Kodiak Cakes frozen chocolate chip pancakes: $2.25
2 packages zucchini: $.99 each, marked down
Applesauce pouches: $1.49
Roma tomatoes: $.95
Green grapes, 4.89 pounds: $4.35
Carrots, 2-pound bag: $1.49
Half & half: $1.55
Baking potatoes, 5-pound bag: $2.89
2 containers cottage cheese: $1.59 each
2 packages string cheese: $2.49 each, for Allison’s school snack
Yogurt tubes: $1.39
2 packages lunch meat (Ham and turkey): $1.99 each
Turkey bacon: $1.89
Green bell peppers: $1.75
Canned chickpeas: $.49
Black pepper: $2.59
Romaine hearts: $2.19
4 cups Skyr: $.99 each
Bananas, 2.26 pounds: $.99
Red onion: $.89
Split chicken breasts, about 5.5 pounds: $4.69
2 Bolthouse Farms dressings: $3.99 each, were BOGO free
Butter: $1.99 with a digital coupon
2 tubes Colgate toothpaste: $1.00 each
Weekly Total: $76.19. Also received 250 points from Fetch Rewards! Sign up here and use the code PV2QH and we’ll both receive 2,000 points when you scan your first receipt!
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken sausages*, frozen broccoli*
Rice and black bean burrito bowls (Rice*, black beans*, frozen corn*, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, salsa*, sour cream*)
Deli meat wraps, potatoes in the air fryer
Breakfast quesadillas (Scrambled eggs, cheese*, turkey bacon), fruit
Chef salad (Lettuce, tomatoes, deli ham and turkey, hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon)
Small group: Bringing grapes and cantaloupe
Pizza Meatball Baked Potatoes (Meatballs from my ground turkey*, leftover pizza sauce from freezer*, mozzarella cheese*), frozen veggies*
Kodiak Cake pancakes
Mini bagels* with sausage patties*
Egg casserole (Similar to my Breakfast Casserole but just using eggs, cottage cheese, spinach, and zucchini)
What’s on your menu this week? Share below in the comments!
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.