We had a wonderful long weekend with my extended family, and it's nice to be home! I spent today trying to get us settled back in. In addition to unpacking and doing lots of laundry (4 loads!), I spent some time planning our meals for this week. This is normally a project I tackle over the weekend, but I just didn't get around to it.
This is the last week of the month, and so far my cash grocery budget of $560 for the month has worked out really well. It's enough that we can buy plenty of fresh produce and good quality food, but not so much that I can be lazy in the kitchen (a bunch of "healthy" pre-packaged foods) or overly extravagant (grassfed steak every night, for example).
Here is a breakdown of what I bought tonight:
(2) half gallons hormone/antibiotic free, non-homogenized whole milk ~ $2.99 each plus $2 deposit for each glass bottle
(1) wedge Parmesan cheese ~ $3.99
(1) 2lb. brick Kroger cheese ~ $5.99
(1) pound organic butter ~ $4.79
(2) 16 oz. containers all natural sour cream ~ $1 each
(1) 32oz. container organic whole milk yogurt ~ $3.59
(1) quart half and half
(2) dozen cage free all-natural eggs ~ $2.89 each
(2) pounds organic strawberries ~ $2.99 each
(1) head garlic ~ $0.59
(6.26) pounds organic bananas ~ $0.69/lb
(1) bag pre-cut organic carrots/broccoli/cauliflower ~ $1.99
(1) 3lb. bag organic Russet potatoes
(1) package of 3 Romaine hearts ~ $2.99
(1) pound organic carrots ~ reduced for quick sale for $0.69
(1) pineapple ~ $1.99
(1) watermelon ~ $3.99
(2) bags Kettle Sea Salt potato chips ~ $3.28/bag
(1) 2lb. bag gluten-free rolled oats ~ $5.99
(1) box Rice Chex ~ 3.59
(1) small bag organic tortilla chips ~ $1.69
(1) 10oz. bag organic pecan halves ~ reduced for quick sale for $3.00
(1) bottle organic ketchup ~ free (because it rang up too high--I always check my receipt!)
(1) 2lb. bag GF rolled oats
(1) 12-roll package Bounty paper towels ~ reduced for quick sale for $6.79
(1) package unbleached coffee filters ~ $2.19
(1) package 50 muffin liners ~ $0.99
We also made a run into Walmart for brown rice pasta and brown rice grits . The total there was $6.20. So, of my $560 for June, I have $43.05 left, plus $45 set aside for our raw milk share. Whatever is left at the end of this week will go into an envelope for bulk purchases later on.
And here's what I'll be making with those groceries, plus the things we already have on hand:
Baked oatmeal (x2)
Scrambled eggs, brown rice grits, fruit (x2)
[Leftover] Breakfast casserole, pumpkin coconut flour muffins (from Healthy Snacks to Go)
Bun-less cheeseburgers, glazed carrots, quinoa pilaf
Meatballs, mashed potatoes, salad
Garlic chicken pasta, salad
Taco salad, fruit
Breakfast casserole, pumpkin coconut flour muffins (from Healthy Snacks to Go), hashbrowns
Sunday dinner at the farm
For lunch, we keep things simple most every day with smoothies or leftovers.
What are y'all cooking up this week? For LOTS of inspiration, head over to OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday.
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