Groceries - February 2019 - Week 2
Each week we spend $60 on groceries and here I write about how I plan it and what recipes we make. We also budget only $40 in gas for those interested in taht.
A Recap of What We Ate:
Sunday: smoothies, coffee, cereal, high protein pancakes, leftover perogies, leftover pasta
Monday: smoothies, coffee, cereal, high protein pancakes, salmon, string beans, corn, ciabatta bun with homemade hummus.
Tuesday: oatmeal, leftover pasta, smoothies, coffee, bagels with vegan butter, leftover salmon and veggies, buns with homemade hummus, roasted sliced potatoes 9 spice mix, Parmesan roasted carrots, rice vermicelli noodles with yellow curry sauce and cashews, peppers, onions, and shredded carrots.
Wednesday: bagels with vegan butter and peanut butter, coffee, Oh She Glows Banana Bread Muffin Tops, left over vermicelli noodles, left over potatoes, mac and cheese, soup.
Thursday: bagel with regular butter, coffee. banana bread muffin tops, shepherd's pie and caesar salad thanks to my amazing in-laws.
Friday: bagel with regular butter, coffee, banana bread muffin tops, chicken caesar salad, seafood chowder thanks to my amazing in-laws.
Saturday: pancakes and peanut butter, coffee, chicken caesar salad sandwich, tuna sandwich, *went out for supper which comes out of a different fund than groceries
Sunday: pancakes and peanut butter, rice vermicelli with peppers, onions, cashews, peanut butter, broth and Worcestershire sauce, cabbage roll casserole thanks to my sweet fam.
A Recap of What We Bought:
$2.99 - 10 lb Potatoes - purchased
$1.69 - Rice vermicelli - purchased
$2.99 - Romaine hearts - purchased
$3.49 -Yellow peppers from the 'eat today' rack
$4.99 - Variety pack of bread from the 'eat today' rack
Total planned ~ $8
Total spent - $16.14
$2.99 - Salmon - unavailable when I went so I purchased two packs of salmon fillets. One was $6.04 with a discount of $3.00 and the other was $4.90 with a discount of $2.00.
$0.99 - Ragu pasta sauce - unavailable when I went so I purchased a bag of penne for $0.99
$0.89 - Compliments mac and cheese (we prefer it over brand name! but we eat it with brussels sprouts on the side so we may be weird) - purchased
$1.99 - Campbells Every Day Gourmet soup - purchased
Total planned ~ $11
Total spent - $10.33
I said I was going to check out hummus at Sobeys. It was $3.49 each and was buy two get one free. Instead of purchasing those for $7 I made my own using a $0.99 can of chickpeas, cumin, coconut oil, and lemon juice. It was delicious and I regret nothing.
$0.87 - Tuna - purchased
Also purchased a 2lb bag of apples from the eat today rack.
Total planned ~ $2
Total spent - $3.47
$3 - 6 Avocados (if not on an 'eat today' rack somewhere else) - did not purchase
$3 - Salad mix - did not purchase
$3 - 6 Tomatoes - did not purchase
Total planned ~$9
Total spent - $0 - I didn't go before the flyer ended. I'll check out the new flyer Thursday and plan around that.
$16.99 - Olive oil - unplanned
$13.99 - Trail mix - unplanned
$7.99 - Chicken - unplanned
Total unplanned - $38.97
WHAT HAPPENED HERE? I sent my husband off to purchase one item. One suggestion? Designate one person do the planning and purchasing. Husband, I love you, stick to the budget please.
Spending Summary February Week 1:
Total budget: $60
Amount spent: $68. 91
Yup, over budget the first week.
What Week 2 Looks Like:
$7 - 2 for $7 Flatbread pizzas - purchased
Total planned ~ $7
Total spent - $7.00
$1.77 - Carrots
$1.77 - Onions
$2.99 - Frozen veggies
$3.69 - Almond milk
Total planned ~ $10.22
Total spent ~ $11
Keeping an eye out for 'eat today' produce
Total planned ~ $
New flyer is out Tuesday so I'll check then.
Total planned ~ $
What meals does this look like?
Last week we were gifted with more with meals than usual so I still have some items left over from last week. Which is exciting because the $8 I (ahem, he) overspent last week has to come out of another week's budget.
Oh She Glows Crispy Smashed Potatoes. I'll keep an eye out for avocados on 'eat today' racks in the stores. I've seen them at Walmart 5 for $1.00. You can cut up and freeze avocados! In a recipe like this you're going to blend them so pieces are okay.
Broth - it's not a meal but I'm going to make vegetable broth and chicken broth.
Toasted tomato sandwiches. Stay with me here: toast bread, put mayo or butter on bread (I slather mine in hot sauce too), lettuce (or chopped cucumber or celery), and pepper.
Parm roasted carrots - I haven't used this recipe and I don't use bread crumbs on mine but I wanted to give a recipe for context.
Homemade bread - I'll keep an eye out for 'eat today' greens and make routons out of the bread. Then I'll dip bread into chili drool
Roasted veggies from frozen
That'll get us through until the second half of the week when the flyers roll over.