WEEKLY GROCERY BUDGET + MENU

My husband and I do our best to stick within our $100 weekly grocery budget. By doing this I create a list of meals to cook for the week. If I’m stumped for ideas I’ll ask Albi if he has any requests. The day we grocery shop varies each week because a couple of meals will provide leftovers for the next day. This allows us to stretch our budget into the next week. And since we bring our lunch to work and prefer not using a microwave it will consist of the following: cheese, yogurt, a boiled egg, nuts, some sort of fruit, hummus, carrots or celery.

I had mentioned to my older sister that we create a menu each each (which is something our younger sister does) and try to stick with $100. But at times we might go over budget $25-$50 because of those household necessity items that need replenishing such as: toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, body wash, contact solution, toothpaste, floss, etc. Not too much longer and we will be adding diapers to that list…

Anyways, I figured that I’d start sharing our menu and the amount I spend on groceries each week. So, for this week I went grocery shopping on Saturday, October 29th at Walmart. They just opened a new one in Burbank and we are so excited! We normally shop at Trader Joe’s, but it can be a bit more expensive. I still prefer certain items from Traders and will make a quick trip when needed, especially for their seasonal items!

On the Menu:

Saturday, Oct. 29thChicken + Dumplings

Sunday, Oct. 30thLeftovers

Monday, Oct. 31st  – Garlic Parmesan + Spinach Spaghetti Squash

Tuesday, Nov. 1st Leftovers

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd – Turkey Tacos with Sweet Peppers + Corn Tortillas

Thursday, Nov. 3rdBrown Butter Scallops with Polenta

Friday, Nov. 4thEggplant Parmesan with Orzo

Saturday, Nov. 5thChickpea Curry with Rice

Sunday, Nov. 6thMushroom, Basil, Cheese + Turkey Bacon Polenta Pizza

I also purchased the following: eggs, fruit, snacks, Kleenex, juice, contact solution, medication, body wash, coconut oil, sponges, flour, floss, honey and a pair of leggings for this pregnant mama which were only $3.78!

Total – $163.75

After cooking the Spaghetti Squash last night (which was a hit) I realized that I need to buy more Parmesan Cheese. And I plan to use the string cheese on hand for the meals that call for Mozzarella, gotta improvise!

I hope you enjoyed this post. I look forward to sharing more of our weekly menus with you!

Also, I’m curious what are your weekly or monthly grocery budgets and where do you like to shop? And what are some ways you save on groceries?

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