When I meal plan, I tend to only plan actual meals for days that we’ll need leftovers. That leaves us days, especially over the weekend, where we have to wing it for food or go out. That’s definitely something I need to change, but that’s also what stocking up is for.
On Saturday night, I looked at my cupboards and realized I had some lasagna noodles and a jar of pasta sauce. Pair that with the ricotta cheese I needed to use up, and bam, lasagna. I made lasagna rolls because I’ve had the recipe forever and have been meaning to try them.
Not only does the stockpile feed you when you have no plans, it forces you to get a little bit creative with what you have.
I think we’re going to have to raise our food budget a little bit as my husband has complained we don’t have enough food in the house. He’s trying to gain a little weight as he is the tall beanpole type and wants to be a little thicker. It would be nice to have a little more money to work with each month.
Went to Costco last week:
- Chicken thighs – $0.99 per pound
- Ground turkey – Around $2.60 per pound (around $4 or $5 at the grocery store unless on a really good sale.
- English muffins – $5.49 for 18; $4.49 for 6 at the grocery store. It costs less when they run a B1G2 sale, but when they don’t, Costco is the best option.
- Bananas – $1.39 for 3 lbs
And our grocery shop this week:
- Bread – $2.99
- 15 oz tomato sauce – $0.99
- 15 oz diced tomatoes – $0.88
- Maple syrup – $5.49
- Greek yogurt – $0.88 each
- Orange juice – $3.29 each
- Lactose free milk – on sale for $3.49 down from $3.69, what a bargain
- Half gallon of milk – $2; Big name brand was on sale for cheaper than store prices
- Frozen blueberries – $2.99
- Shrimp – $4.50
- Onion – $0.75
- Blood oranges – $2.02 for 2 oranges
- Green pepper – $1.62
- 5 lbs of potatoes – $2.99
- Turkey sausage – On sale for $2.99
- Deli ham – $4.99 a pound
- Toilet paper – $5.99
Not much stocking up taking place this week besides the Costco stuff. A small increase in budget could help. We’ll have to do a little trial and error to figure out how low we can keep the budget to still feed ourselves enough. I want to buy a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables.