I need to show you this picture right here.
This may not look like anything important. But for the past 3 months, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy another snack bar until John got a job.
And guess what???
John is employed again!
He starts back today and we’re just so excited. Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement; it means a lot to us. We’ve made a couple sacrifices and have had a lot of help, and we’re just glad to be able to find a new normal again.
This means that starting next week, we’ll be going back to a $75 a week grocery budget! I’ve almost enjoyed this challenge of spending only $30 a week; but it will be nice to be able to buy certain things again, like extra produce, my yummy miniature guacamole cups, and other big-ticket Sam’s Club items.
This week is a little light. We’re eating out tonight (Pizza Hut, yay!), and we’re possibly having dinner at Kings Island Saturday so I didn’t buy a lot of perishable foods.
I did buy 2 pie pumpkins and made my own pumpkin puree and roasted pumpkin seeds. Basically, I spent 2 hours to save $4.00 on what I could normally buy at the store… so I don’t think I’ll be doing that again. 😉 At least I can say I did it, though!
So, here’s our last $30 shopping trip:
3 boxes Larabars: $3.49 each, on Buy 5, Save $5 Event
- Used $.75/1 digital coupon
2 boxes ZonePerfect bars: $3.29 each, on Buy 5, Save $5 Event
- Used $1.50/2 digital coupon
Total: Free thanks to a gift card
Crest Kids toothpaste: $2.59
- Used $1.00/1 digital coupon
McIntosh apples: $1.66, were only $.69 a pound!
2-liter of root beer: $1.50, for a party
2 pie pumpkins: $2.00 each
Total: $6.96 after a $2.00 off reward I earned a few weeks ago
Rolled oats: $1.99
Grapes, 2.33 pounds: $1.61
Sweet potatoes, 3-pound bag: $1.99
Bananas, 2.86 pounds: $1.26
Dijon mustard: $.89
Sour cream: $.89
String cheese: $2.79
Bag of chips: $1.09, for a party
Weekly Total: $30.81
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Pizza Hut to celebrate a new job!
Creamy Italian Chicken* (From freezer), rice*, frozen veggies*
Spinach Mozzarella Egg Bake, roasted sweet potatoes
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Lentil Sweet Potato Chili, Bread Machine Breadsticks, Pumpkin Oat Cookies
Homemade granola bar (Recipe coming Wednesday!), crackers, string cheese, raisins*, salami
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!
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.