- Saturday: tacos + chips & guacamole
- Sunday: lasagna
- Monday: homemade mac & cheese (if I can get it assembled this weekend) + grilled chicken
- Tuesday: leftover lasagna
- Wednesday: leftover mac & cheese + chicken
- Thursday: I'll be out of town (relay), so the boys will have spaghetti & meatballs
- Friday: I'll be out of town (relay), so the boys will have pizza (from the freezer)
- Saturday: I'll be out of town (relay), so the boys will have any leftovers, or may go out to Sweet Tomatoes. A wild Saturday night. ;-)
- Sunday: I'll be flying in late afternoon, so I'm hoping M will grill kebabs.
In addition the dinners listed above, I pre-prepped some breakfasts for Sam. He needs to be out of the house earlier in the morning, so we're experimenting with different prep ahead breakfast options. This weekend I also made:
- Breakfast burritos
- Breakfast sandwiches
- Chicken stock (just with leftovers from the freezer/fridge). Finally got the time to make it happen, and I needed to clean out the freezer! I freeze it in 1.5c portions for our favorite risotto.
- These granola bars
- As well as these granola bars. (I'm not sure what I did wrong, but they are too sticky/soft. Not great for a lunchbox.)
And, what we bought at Costco this week:
- 2% milk - $4.69
- Peaches - $8.99
- Pears - $5.99
- Honeydew - $2.99
- Two dozen eggs - $13.99
- Strawberries - $4.99
- Plums - $6.49
- Cucumbers (x2) - $3.49
- Sliced fresh mozzarella - $7.69
- Red seedless grapes - $7.49
- Pineapple - $2.99
- Canadian bacon - $9.99
- Cottage cheese - $4.99
- Butter - $11.99
- Bananas - $1.39
- Blueberries - $3.99
- English muffins - $6.99
- Baguette - $4.99
- Broccoli - $5.29
- Bananas (organic) - $1.99
Total for Costco = $124.82. (All other ingredients we have in the freezer, pantry, fridge, etc). Most fruit/vegetables are for snacking & salads.
M did this shop, so a few takeaways. . .
- Eggs are insanely expensive. I'm going to need a new source, when we're prepping meals in batches. . . $7/dozen?!!
- The broccoli was also crazy expensive, and we should have picked it up at the produce stand.
- The mozzarella wasn't a bad deal per oz, but we needed less & I could have gotten it at the store (in a smaller size). It would have been more per oz, but we would have used it all. Now I need to make sure I use all of this.
After realization #1, and realizing we had no ground beef in the freezer (and, we *always* have ground beef in the freezer), I went to the local grocery store to pick up a few morethings:
- Unplanned - A box of tea (12 count) clearanced for - $.10 (caramel apple - not my favorite, but a super inexpensive treat)
- Also unplanned - Organic ranch dressing for $.57. I planned to make my own, but saw this & thought the price was good enough to try for an upcoming recipe
- Elbow macaroni - $.99
- Ground beef - $5.69 (the price was supposed to be $3.99, so I was not happy. The sign was very misleading)
- A dozen eggs - $1.79
- Neufchatel cheese - $1.99
Total spend at the grocery store = $11.13
I also needed avocados, and they didn't have any at the produce stand. Instead, I picked up a bag of 4 at Trader Joes for $4.99
And, my final stop was the produce stand:
- 5 tomatoes - $1.66
- 2 lbs of mini cucumbers - $3.30
- A huge head of cauliflower - $.99
- An enormous green pepper (I used the rest of mine from the garden in my breakfast burritos) - $.72
- A container of organic strawberries - $.99
Total spent at the produce stand = $7.66
All told, I spent $148.60 for a week's worth of groceries, plus some items to stock the freezer. I haven't done this kind of total in a while, & it's a good way to check out how I'm doing, areas to trim back, etc. What about you? How much do you typically spend in a week? Do you price out your recipes? That's another thing I haven't done in a long time & should start doing!