This is what I bought on the 28th of January. It is suppose to last my husband and I for two weeks until March 13th. My monthly budget was set at $300/month. Unfortunately I was not able to stick to it and so far I spent 22% more than planned. I will write another post on it in 2-3 weeks in which I will try to explain where did I go wrong and what I think I should have done differently.
$60.53 Aldi Haul
Aldi is the first store I went to. I have bought some things I needed and some things for my stockpile.
I have had enough meat/seafood for two weeks in my freezer before I left but Aldi had chicken breasts for $1.49/lb and I thought it was an excellent deal. I have never bought meat from Aldi before so I hope it is good since I have bought enough chicken for two weeks (over 7 lbs). I myself do not eat chicken and usually we buy organic meat from Costco. Spending that extra $14 now will allow me to spend more on more expensive items I like during my next shopping trip.
I picked up two extra loafs of bread at .99/loaf and put them in the freezer. I believed it was a sale price only to find later on that they always have them at .99/loaf. The white bread is even cheaper. I will not be buying extra the next time I go.
All of the other items where products I needed for my recipes.
$42.21 Walmart Haul
At $10.66/4lbs I thought it was a steal. I have never tried tilapia before so hopefully it will be good.
2. Butter (did not notice it was salted 😦 )
3. Frozen fruit.
I picked up an extra bag of frozen fruit for smoothies. Unfortunately the smoothies I have made with them do not taste as good as smoothies made with berries. I will have to pick an extra bag of berries next time I go shopping.
Update: I have never had tilapia before. We lived by the sea and we usually bought wild caught haddock and salmon. My husband eats everything I make and never complaints. That being said that fish is really gross. I could not stomach it and my husband could only eat half of his portion. I have done some research and apparently farmed fish like tilapia and cod are very unhealthy so beware! No amount of salt, lemon and garlic could make this fish eatable 😦
$20.13 Kroger Haul
I prepared a grocery list before I went to the store and a meal plan.
To give you a rough idea of what we eat in a week here is my meal plan for this week.
Breakfast: I would like to note that my husband only eats breakfast on the weekends and it is usually a french toasts, egg salad sandwiches, sandwiches, roasted veggies. Besides the above I also have oatmeal and cereal sometimes.
Lunch: I pack sandwiches or leftover dinners for lunch + 2pc of fruit.
Dinner: homemade pizza; tacos; homemeade burger; shrimp pasta; slow cooker stew; fried chicken w/ potatoes, chicken, raisins, onions and rice.
Snacks: Smoothies (at least 1 a day, sometimes 2 or 3); homemade banana bread or apple cake; cereal; oatmeal; yogurt; fruit; homemade fries; roasted veggies; hummus with bread/veggies.