Creating a Grocery List

When I went shopping two weeks ago I forgot that Easter was only 14 days away. I postponed my shopping and instead of shopping during the Easter weekend I will shop either today or tomorrow. I wanted to avoid crowds as well as some of the stores I shop at changed their hours or were closed all together and I just did not want to deal with that.

As I mentioned in my previous post I create my grocery list on daily bases. Once the ads are out I look through them and come up a meal plan and a with a final version of my list.

Aldi ad highlights

Meat

  1. chicken drumsticks  $.49/lb
  2. turkey 1.19/lb
  3. ham $.99/lb

I have enough meat for two weeks in my freezer so I do not need to buy any this week although I may pick up a pack of the drumsticks. I am going to try to buy healthier options and opt for the “Never Any” brand but I will see how it will play out.

Produce

  1. russet potatoes $1.99/10lbs
  2. celery $.99
  3. brussels sprouts $1.49/lb

Dairy

  1. Butter $1.99/lb
  2. Eggs $.79/dozen (I missed that special, it was only on for 4 days)
  3. Milk $1.79 (I am trying to find room in my budget to switch to vegan milk which usually sells 2.5/.5 gallon)

Other

  1. Crescent rolls $.99
  2. cinnamon raisin bread $1.49/loaf. Their regular whole wheat bread is still only $.99/loaf
  3. oj not from concentrate $2.09/59oz
  4. flour $1.39/5lbs
  5. sugar $1.59/4lbs
  6. fruit spread made with 75% fruit $1.99/9.95oz

Kroger Ad Highlights

Produce

  1. Asparagus $.99/lb
  2. Pineapple $.99
  3. sweet potatoes $.69/lb

Dairy

  1. Cheese $1.77/6-8oz
  2. Milk $1.59/gallon

Other 

1. Cake mix/condensed milk $1

Meijer  Ad Highlights

Produce

  1. Apples $.99/lb
  2. Grapes $1.49/lb
  3. Broccoli crowns $5/5
  4. Mushrooms $5/5
  5. large artichokes $5/5
  6. Nectarines/plums $1.49/lb
  7. Kale $5/5 bunches

Dairy

  1. Cheese 6-8 oz 2 for $3

Other

  1. Peanut butter $1.99/lb

I plan on making a trip to Costco to stock up on certain things/buy in bulk so I won’t be getting too much of my regular groceries because I still plan on sticking to the budget. I allocated $100 on things I will be buying in large quantities at Costco and the remaining $44.62 on things like produce and dairy. This week I will not be buying any meat because I have enough in my freezer. I have fish, shrimp, chicken and ground turkey as well as two portions of ground beef

Meal Plan

Breakfast: french toasts, egg salad sandwiches, sandwiches, roasted veggies, oatmeal, cereal.

Lunch: sandwiches or leftovers from dinner + 2/3pc of fruit.

Dinner:

  1. Spaghetti, salad
  2. Shrimp pasta, salad
  3. Chicken w/ cream cheese, rice
  4. Fish, rice, salad
  5. Black bean burgers
  6. Butter chicken, rice, salad
  7. Tacos
  8. Fish, potatoes, salad
  9. Fish, rice, salad
  10. Vegan sweat potato chili
  11. Pizza
  12. Vegan yellow split peas loaf

Snacks: Smoothies (at least 1 a day, sometimes 2 or 3); homemade banana bread or apple cake; oatmeal; fruit; homemade fries; roasted veggies; baked potatoes.

The only ingredients I need to be able to prepare my dinners are produce and potatoes as well as tortilla wraps and burger buns.

Shopping List

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This week my grocery list is very simple because I am not sure how are the prices like at Costco. We shop there frequently but we don’t buy the same things often because most of them come in bulk. I allocated $100 for all of the things I will be getting at Costco. I will not spend more than $110 there because I still need to get my produce from other groceries where they sell them much cheaper but If I know that something puts my total balance over $3 I do not want to get rid of it because I am buying such large quantities that it is cheaper for me to just buy less produce than to buy $3 cheaper olive oil because $8 olive oil at a regular grocery store will come in a very small quantities so I will be actually loosing money in a long run.

In yellow I have the general thing I want to get at Costco. $100 is not a lot of money when you are shopping at such a store so instead of listing every single thing I want to buy in bulk I just listed the general items so that I can buy at least one of each category. For example I want honey, maple syrup and agave sweetener but I know that it is impossible on the budget I have so I just put down a sweetener on my list and I will just choose when when I get to the store. In blue are more specific things I need from there but I am not sure whether it is cheaper to buy those things from a regular store so I know that I need to check the price before buying them.

In Orange I have items I will be getting from a regular grocery stores and I will be using the ad highlights to pick them up.

 

 

 

 

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