We have been enjoying three weeks of stress-free dinners, thanks to a big planning/shopping/prepping day two weeks ago. We have one more week’s worth of dinners ready and waiting for us, so this week will be an easy one on the budget. This week, I am shopping for breakfast and lunch only. And since I am a stockpile shopper, there is no need for me to buy cleaning products, personal care items and paper goods. Gotta love that!
This week I have a financial goal I’d like to meet, so I am going for the most affordable meals in my arsenal. I expect to pay around $45 for my family of 6 this week. Woo-hoo!
Here is my meal plan and shopping list for the week. Scroll down to get a printable version.
See Week One
Celery & Peanut Butter
Fruits & Veggies – whatever is cheap at Aldi’s or Costco
My Shopping List
NOTE: This list assumes you have the following pantry staples: baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, butter,
Fruit/Veggies – go to Aldi’s or Costco
- Fruit & Veggies for snacks – whatever is on sale
- Onion (1)
- Jam – your favorite kind
- Peanut Butter
- All Purpose Flour (8 c.)
- Sugar (1/2 c.)
- Shortening (1 c.)
- Tuna (2 lg cans)
Meat & Dairy
- Turkey Bacon
- Eggs (1.5 dozen)
- Milk (7 c.)
- Yogurt (3 cups per person)
- Sandwich Bread (2 loaves)
COUPONS TO USE:
- $0.25/1 Checkout 51 offer – various fruits/veggies
- $0.50/1 Ibotta deposit – any eggs
- $0.25/1 Ibotta deposit – milk
- $1/1 Vlasic Bold & Spicy Pickles
- $0.55/1 Skippy Peanut Butter
- $1/1 Oroweat Bread
- $0.75/1 Butterball Turkey Bacon – get it for $0.54 at Walgreens
- $0.75/2 Domino or C&H Sugar
- Check your local grocery store sale ads to see who has the best deals this week.
- Shop at Aldi’s for your fresh produce.
- If you’re lucky enough to live near a Costco, I highly recommend a membership. You’ll find high quality meat, produce and a variety of organic items at great prices.
- I suggest printing all coupons, but check other brands (including store brands) before buying to be sure you’re getting the best price.
- If you shop at Walmart, be sure to scan your receipt afterwards to get any Savings Catcher rebates. Details HERE.
- If you are in need of any of the spices listed at the top, check to see if your store has a bulk spices section. You’ll find the best deals here, and you only buy the amount you need.
- Consider doing some stockpile shopping while you’re out to help build up your pantry. If you participate in the $40 stockpiling challenge, you might get it all for FREE!
If you like the idea of doing three week’s worth of dinner prep at a time, come back next Wednesday for a whole new plan!