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$85 Weekly Shopping and Menu 9-9-19

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In case you missed it last week, I’ve decided to raise our grocery budget to $85 per week! I think it’ll really help now that Allison’s in school and eating more in general.

And of course, somehow I ended up ten dollars under budget. Part of it was because I couldn’t find what I wanted at the store- mainly, pumpkin cream cheese. I’ve been craving that stuff so badly right now, especially with an English muffin. Aldi didn’t have it yet, and I forgot to check Meijer. But it’s on my radar now.

This week I’m only preparing 5 meals because Friday we’re leaving for Cedar Point! I’m going to BloggyCon this year, which is apparently always held at Cedar Point and I had no idea. Allison’s conveniently got a 2-hour early dismissal that day, so she’ll pretty much get off the bus and in the car. I’m excited to meet new bloggers, and John and Allison are excited to ride some rides!

Has anyone else gotten sick in the past week or so? I don’t know if it’s allergies or a cold, but I was fighting something all week. I’m finally starting to feel better, but man it sucks being unproductive when you’re sick.

Here’s what I bought this week:

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Mr. Mac’s Grocery Outlet

Nutter Butter cereal: $2.50
2 bags Birdseye Protein Blend: $1.00 each
Green Giant Veggie Tots: $1.75
Nature Valley Bars: $3.00
Bag of assorted Larabars: $2.80
Bugles: $.75
Ritz toasted chips: $2.00
Cookies: $1.25
Frozen baby Brussels sprouts: $1.50
Miniature donuts: $1.00

Total: $18.55

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Milk: $1.89
Zucchini: $1.79
Roma tomatoes: $.99
Chicken broth: $1.19
Shredded lettuce: $1.49
2 rolls sausage: $2.29 each
Butter: $2.95
Eggs: $.58
Spinach: $1.39
Diced tomatoes: $.45
Peanuts: $1.89
Cottage cheese: $1.59
Bananas, 1.73 pounds: $.76
Sugar snap peas: $2.39
3 loaves whole wheat bread: $.49 each, marked down
2 containers strawberries: $1.65 each
2 cans pumpkin: $.79 each
Salsa: $1.19
Baby carrots: $.95
2 bags Brussels sprouts: $1.19 each
Hummus: $1.95
Block of cheddar: $1.69

Total: $38.40

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Hidden Valley ranch packet: $1.29
Pretzel sticks: $1.79
3 bags frozen broccoli, 32-oz: $1.79 each
Vinegar: Free with a coupon I received in the mail
Brown rice, 2-pound bag: $1.50
Pasta: $1.00
8 O’Clock Coffee: $2.99, on clearance

Total: $13.94
Weekly Total: $75.89. I set aside $5.00 of that for a Sam’s Club run, and saving another $10.00 for random things I might need this week.


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

Small Group- Making a double batch of Oven-Baked Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Instant Pot Taco Pasta
Quiche (Egg, bacon*, spinach, zucchini, shredded mozzarella*)
Cream Cheese Chicken Chili* (Have chicken, cream cheese, and beans at home)
Chicken sausages*, frozen Fresh Thyme rice and quinoa blend*, roasted Brussels sprouts
Cedar Point x2!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars with cottage cheese/hard boiled eggs/banana

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

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