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$85 Weekly Shopping and Menu 9-30-19

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My name is Jaime, and I have a problem with hoarding food.

It’s not all my fault, mind you. If grocery stores wouldn’t have all these great deals, I wouldn’t feel the need to buy everything!

All joking aside, I feel like I haven’t cooked much in the past week or two because everything I’ve made has just been pulled out of the freezer. It’s a never-ending cycle of cooking the food, then taking a trip to my grocery outlet and filling my freezer again.

And, in my opinion, it’s not all that unhealthy. Sure, I may buy some sugary stuff, and food that has *Gasp* preservatives. But sometimes shortcuts have to be taken, especially if you work all day. And I buy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, so that kind of evens everything out. At least, that’s what I tell myself.

On Saturday, I helped host a small open house at our wellness center to celebrate Family Health and Fitness Day. The kids participated in a yoga class, and then made their own trail mix from a station I had set up. I handed out information on healthy kids snacks and referred them to my blog; so if you’re here, hello!

We had some food left over, so I’m using part of it towards a Fall Trail Mix that I’m bringing to my women’s group. Here’s what I bought this week:

Image of groceries bought at Mr. Mac's Grocery Outlet

Mr. Mac’s Grocery Outlet

Ritz toasted chips: $2.00
Oreo-Os cereal: $1.75
Boom Chicka Pop popcorn: $1.25
Quaker rice cake snacks: $1.50
3 packages Wellshire deli turkey, 7-oz: $1.00 each
2 packages Wellshire deli ham, 20-oz: $2.50 each
Bag of Larabars: $2.80
Annie’s protein bars: $1.75
Box of Larabars: $2.00
5 packages Eggo bites: $.50 each

Total: $24.55

Image of groceries bought at Kroger


2 6-packs soda bottles: $1.49 each
Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix: $2.79
2 bags candy corn: $2.00
Queso Fresco: $2.50
Mission Street Taco Tortillas: $1.99
Peanut butter: $1.79

Total: $14.27

Image of groceries bought at Aldi


Syrup: $1.29
4-pack vanilla Greek yogurt: $2.99
Butternut squash, 2.92 pounds: $2.60
Cottage cheese: $1.59
2 cups Maple Greek yogurt: $.79 each
Canned pumpkin: $.79
Tub of vanilla Greek yogurt: $3.45
Garlic powder: $.95
Sugar: $1.39
Cooking spray: $1.49
Garlic: $1.79
2 blocks cheese: $1.69 each
Diced tomatoes: $.45
2 dozen eggs: $.58 each
Dark chocolate chips: $1.69
Milk: $2.39
Broccoli: $1.59
Spinach: $.99
Shredded lettuce: $1.49
Baby carrots: $.99
Red grapes, 3.36 pounds: $2.32
Mandarins, 3-pound bag: $2.49
Gala apples, 3-pound bag: $1.39
Strawberries: $1.65

Total: $41.85
Weekly Total: $85.67. This includes $5.00 taken out for a Sam’s Club run.


Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.

Kings Island!
Chicken* (From freezer) in a homemade peanut sauce (Recipe coming soon), rice noodles*, frozen pot stickers*
Aidell’s chicken burgers* (Using bread from freezer for buns), frozen veggies*
Pork chops from freezer*, frozen rice blend*, roasted butternut squash
Street tacos with chicken*, lettuce, Queso Fresco, Spanish Rice in the rice cooker
Leftovers or deli sandwiches

Healthy Sausage Balls (I bought the stuff last week but didn’t make it until later)
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with hard-boiled eggs

Making Fall Trail Mix for my women’s group Tuesday (And bringing the hot chocolate mix too)

What’s on your menu this week? Share below in the comments!


Monday 30th of September 2019

I take all my grocery cash out beginning of the month so that I can do Costco/Walmart and then weekly small trips to a discount chain here on the west coast that way I always have a stocked pantry and freezer. Been doing this for 31 years haha . Sometimes like this month I barely need anything from all the previous months of stockpiling ??


Monday 30th of September 2019

That's a good way to do it!! I've been thinking about doing a cash-only grocery budget... something to consider for sure! =)

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