Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Week 2&3: 2018 Grocery Challenge

Weeks 2 and 3 groceries:

I know so many of you have been dying in suspense to know how much I spent on my groceries last week. I decided not to post until now, not out of laziness, but out of my desire to build the anticipation. The wait is finally over!

ALDI: $119.86
Produce, a few freezer meals for when I was out of town. I also had to make up for the foods I ran out of during week 1, so it was more than I usually would get.

Wal-Mart: $84.70
Today I went to Wal-mart and they had a lot of their deli items on clearance. I got the items on my list, and also snagged some pre-cut apples, a veggie tray, and some potato salad (it was only $0.87 a pound!) for a great price. So dinner tonight will be changed to chicken salad, potato salad, and veggies. I also bought a box of 60 eggs, milk, produce, and some granola bars for lunches.

Here's my menu:

  • Monday: Out to eat (reserved for Holidays! We went to Taco bell)
  • Tuesday: Butternut squash, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Potato Salad, veggie tray
  • Wednesday: Fried rice- 'vegetarian' (with eggs)
  • Thursday: Bean and Ham soup (using ham bone from Christmas that I froze) 
  • Friday: Pepperoni Pizza and green beans
  • Saturday: Gyros (I'm going to attempt making homemade Pita Bread)
  • Sunday: Chicken and mashed potatoes 
Lunches will be about the same. Breakfasts are going to change slightly: I'm going to make more eggs for the kids for breakfast instead of just cereal. We just go through so much cereal, and on school days, they are starving by lunch time unless I feed them a big breakfast.

I had to get yogurt today- I forgot to save some of my old yogurt when I made it last time. Hopefully this time I will remember to save some. If not, I'll just save money every other week.

How am I doing? Well, if you total the average the costs from weeks 1, 2, and 3, I'm at an average of $84.70 a week. That's well over 50, and 75, which were my target high and low. If I hadn't been going out of town, things would have been a little less expensive: I wouldn't have bought frozen pizza, 2 bags of chicken nuggets, and burgers. Next week, I'm going to shoot for spending a little less to balance things out. I've got a maximum of $50.92, if I want to stay in my budget.