I have been asked on numerous occasions how we keep our food budget so low. First, we practice what I preach (LOL). Please read the Saving $100′s if not $1000′s Every Month, Food Series. I thought it might be fun to share my menu plan along with our weekly grocery shopping list/cost. In hopes it may give you a few ideas on how to reduce your food budget. :) Also, it is a two-way street so please share with me your saving tips in order to help us all save more!
Sunday- Tacos with Homemade Seasoning (via 5 Dollar Dinners)
Monday- Potato Soup (via Brunch at Saks) & side salad
Tuesday- Left Overs
Wednesday- Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps
Thursday- Chicken Yakisoba
Friday- Left Overs
Saturday- Left Overs or Twice-baked Potato Casserole (I have adapted this recipe quite a bit, and I will be making it a Frugal Friday Meal soon!)
Dessert: Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars (via Epicurean Mom)(originally blueberry but we like raspberry more)
*We did break the cardinal rule today and went to the grocery store just before lunch time and we were hungry. But with a lot of self-control we were able to stick to the list and no sweets or highly processed snacks. Yay us! :)
Iceberg Lettuce (2)
Onions (6 small)
Eggs (15 ct)
Aldi £ 8.26 (~$13.70)
***We love Aldi! Our grocery bills have almost been cut in half***
Tomatoes (4 ct)
Tesco £4.14 (~$6.87)
My husband will still need to pick up Graham Crackers, (2) Ramen Noodles, Saltine Crackers and a few Yoplait Yogurt Cups at the commissary (-$2 in coupons).
So our groceries for this week should be ~$25! Our monthly grocery budget is $200, so we are well on our way to stay under our budget. Next week we will need chicken so it will be a more expensive week.
The ingredients in these recipes that were not purchased were obviously already in our pantry/fridge. I plan the menu based on what we already have on hand. We bought a bunch of potatoes, carrots, and lemons last week for cheap (£.35 each) and I had left over ginger that needed to be used. We also had taco shells and tortillas that needed to be used! We have a lot of oranges, apples and cheese sticks for snacks. So, we should be set for the week!