This weekend was amazing!!! Friday we got to eat out for breakfast as a family (Chocolate chip pancakes for everyone), and then John and I went out on a date (Everything can be seen on my Instagram page). Saturday, I took Allison to Kings Island which, obviously, is always a great time.
So last week I got an itch to try something new. I’ve seen people base their meals solely on what they can find on clearance at Kroger, and I’m going to attempt this on a lower scale with just produce.
After buying the essentials this week, I’m left with $20.00 to experiment with. My plan is to go to Kroger once every day or two and find clearance produce to use as our side items or whatever else.
This is kind of out of my comfort zone because I’m a HUGE planner when it comes to my meals. But I’d like to see if it saves us money and gets us to try new foods. If you want to follow along, follow me on Instagram and check my stories because I’ll post my finds every time I go!
Here’s what I bought this week:
Mr. Mac’s Grocery Outlet
4 packages assorted chicken sausages: $1.00 each
2 packages Aidells chicken burgers: $2.50 each. These are AMAZING, by the way.
2 packages Pillsbury mini strawberry pancakes: $.50 each
Box of 16 Larabars: $6.50
2 cans Orange Vanilla Coke Zero: $.50 each
YQ yogurt: Free with mPerks coupon
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice creamer: $4.99. It’s pretty good, but not really worth 5 dollars.
5 cups Chobani plain Greek yogurt: $.30 each, marked down
Bananas, 1.78 pounds: $.77
Cottage cheese: $1.59
String cheese: $2.79
Cheddar block: $1.69
Pita chips: $2.29
Mini cucumbers: $1.49
Grapes, 2.58 pounds: $2.04
Weekly Total: $48.43. $5.00 was taken out for a Sam’s Club purchase, and I have $20.00 left over for discount produce at Kroger.
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Meatballs* (From freezer), quinoa*
Turkey Chili* (From freezer), Cornbread Muffins
Pasta* with chicken sausage, pizza sauce*, mozzarella cheese* (Basically a pizza pasta… I’m experimenting, I’ll let you know how it turns out!)
Mexican pizza (Leftover corn tortillas*, refried beans* made in the Instant Pot, shredded cheese, salsa*)
Salad with grilled chicken* (Depends on what I find marked down at Kroger)
Smoothie (Almond milk*, protein powder*, spinach, frozen bananas)
Chocolate Spinach Banana Muffins, string cheese, strawberries, pita chips with hummus
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.