Budgeting and Meal Planning 9/26-10/3
Updated: Oct 28
This week's meal plan:
Sunday: shaved steak sandwiches, fruit salad, sliced raw cucumbers and peppers.
Monday: sheet pan dinner w/sausages and roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli.
Tuesday: baked lemon halibut, baked potatoes, green salad
Wednesday: homemade chicken and rice soup, homemade bread
Friday: beef, carrot and potato stew
+ Breakfasts = pumpkin bagels, cereal, toast, eggs.
+ Lunches = leftovers, sausage/cabbage, sandwiches.
LAST week's meal plan:
I failed my plan Monday due to a late-afternoon trip to visit a farm with baby goats. Which, was so worth the plan fail- I really want to get goats at my new little farm so this was such a fun outing! Mikey and I loved holding the baby goats. Our visit went through dinnertime, though, and I ended up buying the kids fast food. I do have a separate "eating out" budget, usually used for drive-thru (cheap) items or a Costco pizza. In addition, Friday night was a planned night out (birthday) which I had planned for in the birthday category of my budget. Taking my seven kids out to a "real" restaurant is always expensive, and pretty much reserved for birthdays. But, that does make it special and we always have a lot of fun.
This week's grocery spending notes (Sept 27-Oct 4):
This week, my Costco rebate came in the mail. I have the executive card, which gives you 2% back on your purchases once per year, in the form of a check. I used that today at Costco, and didn't even use all of it- and if you don't use it up, you get cash back for the remaining total- which I used at Trader Joe's. I love going there once a month or so, there are a few items I really enjoy having, including their assorted, pre-cooked chicken sausage, which makes quick lunches paired with roasted veggies and rice. I also went to Fred Meyers, making sure I checked the weekly coupons and specials. This week they had $3 and $4 off laundry detergent- Tide and All. I used both coupons and bought two jugs, the price for those (92/88oz sizes) was then 7.99 and 5.99, respectively. I always wait for these sales and buy at least 2-4 jugs. Then I never run out, and maybe more important, I never pay full-price.
This was an unusually cheap week again, as most of my meats are still stocked in the freezer, not to mention my rebate.
This week's numbers:
This week Costco: $0 out of pocket (but I did get groceries)
This week at Trader Joe's: $0 out of pocket (but I did get groceries)
This week Fred Meyer: $117.88
Eggs from local church member: 4.00
This week total: 121.88
This month so far:
Week 1 (Sept 5-11) 346.56
Week 2: (Sept 12-19) 41.49
Week 3: (Sept 20-27): 252.29
Week 4: (Sept 28-Oct 4): 121.88
Month total: $762.22
*I think this will be one of my lowest spending months, due to the rebate/cans back.