Meal Plan and Grocery Shopping – August 8

Another normal week has gone by. I like it that way. We had a pretty uneventful weekend with some shopping and lunch with my parents. We’re still waiting to close on our house so we can get started. Plus, we’re planning a vacation for October, so we really need to get all moved in and settled before then.

Aldi haul:

  • Ice pops – $1.99
  • Grapes – $1.58
  • Frozen strawberries – $2.09
  • Milk – $1.49
  • Pies – $0.25 each
  • Greek yogurt – $0.65 each
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Bananas – $1.18
  • Mushrooms – $1.19
  • Three cheese sausage – $2.49
  • Yogurt – $2.99
  • Minced garlic – $1.99
  • Crackers – $1.59
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Fruit and grain bars – $1.79
  • Strawberry jelly – $1.49
  • Peanut butter – $3.89
  • Pudding – $0.89 for each 4 cup package
  • Protein powder – $15.99
  • Brookie dough ice cream – $1.99

Total (minus protein powder): $33.82

Shaw’s haul:

  • Orzo – $0.69
  • Spaghetti – $0.69
  • Nature Valley oatmeal bars – $2.49
  • Oatmeal raisin cookies – $2.50
  • Greek yogurt – $0.45 with coupon
  • Butter – $2.50
  • Mozzarella cheese – $1.50
  • Sour cream – $1.19
  • Ricotta cheese – $2.99
  • Orange juice – $3.49 each
  • Half and half – $1.49
  • Shrimp – $3.99
  • Shakes – B1G1
  • Bananas – $1.77
  • Lemon – $0.79
  • Blueberries – $3.33
  • Spinach – $2
  • Tofu – $1.50

Total: $40.14

Total for the week: $73.96

Meal Plan:

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – July 18

I only took a picture of my Aldi haul this week as it was very hot on Friday and I got heat exhaustion in my car with no air conditioning. I rushed through my Shaw’s trip, came home, threw everything in the fridge and laid down in the air conditioning for a while.

But on a happier note, on Friday I dropped off the deposit for our house! We are now under contract and it’s ours pending the inspection and closing and things of that nature. We also put in our notice to vacate our apartment this weekend. I can’t wait to get moved and start making a house into something that’s ours without anyone telling me what I can’t do to it.

Aldi haul:

  • Milk – $1.49
  • Chicken thighs – $3.86
  • Lactose free milk – $2.79
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Pasta sauce – $0.99
  • Baby spinach – $1.99
  • Greek yogurt – $0.65 each
  • Rotini pasta – $0.79
  • Penne pasta – $0.99
  • Protein bars – $2.79
  • Frozen strawberries – $2.09
  • Pork sausage – $2.99
  • Banana chips – $2.19
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Green peppers – $0.99
  • Grapes – $2.98
  • Breakfast cookies – $1.99 each
  • Mango – $0.49
  • Quick oats – $2.39
  • Mushrooms – $0.79

Total: $39.12

Shaw’s haul:

  • Cornstarch – $1.19
  • Coconut milk – $2.69
  • Toilet paper – $5.99
  • Protein oatmeal cookies – $2.99
  • Orange juice – $3.49 each
  • Shrimp – $4.50
  • Bananas – $1.16
  • Hummus – $1.99
  • Protein wraps – $1.50 each

Total: $30.49

Total for the week: $69.61

Meal plan:

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – July 5

Happy July 4th! Hope your holiday went well. We spent it upstate with my family and I got to hold my cousin’s 5 month old for a while. He’s teething so he likes to bite anything he can put in his mouth, including fingers. I like seeing my family and getting out of my normal routine for a while.

Aldi haul:

  • Frozen broccoli – $1.19
  • Shrimp – $4.49
  • Ground turkey – $3.29
  • Greek yogurt – $0.65 each
  • Tomato sauce – $0.79
  • Mango popsicles – $1.99
  • Rice – $3.29
  • Pork sausage – $2.99
  • Protein bars – $3.99
  • Grapes – $2.98
  • Bread – $1.39 each

Total: $30.38

Shaw’s haul:

  • Garden pasta – $1
  • Coffee – $3.34
  • Orzo – $0.99
  • Orange juice – $3.49 each
  • Ravioli – $1 each
  • 3 lbs ground turkey – $4 with coupon
  • Potatoes – $2.99
  • Corn – $0.60
  • Deli chicken – $5.10
  • Deli cheese – $2.79

Total: $31.79

Total for the week: $62.17

Meal plan:

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – June 6

This week, grocery shopping was a bit different. My husband took off work for most of the week, so he came to Aldi with me. Hence more snacky stuff. Then on Friday, Shaw’s was a big ordeal as the register was having problems and the poor young cashier was like freaking out and even the manager couldn’t figure it out. It took a while but we got it sorted out.

Aldi haul:

  • Lactose free milk – $2.79
  • Grapes – $1.78
  • Aldi brand Doritos (not as good) – $1.19
  • Tomato sauce – $0.25
  • Aldi brand Lucky Charms – $1.29
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Saltines – $0.75
  • Blueberries – $1.69
  • Pasta sauce – $0.99
  • 5 containers of Greek yogurt – $0.65 each
  • Gallon of milk – $1.49
  • Pretzels – $1.29
  • Strawberry jelly – $1.79
  • Green peppers – $0.99
  • Bread – $1.39

Total: $22.13

Shaw’s haul:

  • Quick oats (forgot to buy at Aldi) – $3.99
  • Coconut milk – $1.79
  • Onion powder – $2.99 (plus bay leaves for free)
  • Shredded mozzarella – $2.34
  • Orange juice – $2.50 each
  • Italian Ice – $3.49, B1G1
  • Tortellini – $3.49, B1G1
  • Shrimp – $3.69
  • Baby Kale Mix – $2
  • Red pepper – $1.67
  • Lemon – $0.69
  • Lime – $0.50
  • Deli cheese – $6.15 (a coupon was supposed to apply)
  • Deli chicken – $9.11
  • Feta cheese – $2.99
  • Coupon for $5 off total (which caused the register problem)

Total: $44.89

Weekly total: $67.02

Meal plan:

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – May 30

How is your Memorial Day going? We spent it having lunch at my parents’, fun fun.

So we still have no luck with finding a house. Luckily we have until September to be out of our apartment so hopefully one will come up soon.

In other news, I cut off all my hair and dyed it red. It’s nice to shake things up a bit now and then. There might be a picture on Instagram eventually. It took three dyeing attempts and my husband’s help to get it all covered somewhat evenly.

Also, thanks to the cantaloupe in the below picture, I managed to slice a few layers of skin off my finger. It was not ripe and super hard to cut. Luckily it’s mostly healed now.

Aldi haul:

  • Cantaloupe – $1.49
  • Sandwich bags – $1.99
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes – $0.55 each
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • 2 cups of Greek yogurt – $0.65 each
  • 2 green peppers – $1.49
  • Grapes – $3.98
  • Frozen edamame – $1.69
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Bananas – $1.38
  • Peanut butter – $1.49
  • Chocolate frosting (for birthday cakes next month) – $1.29
  • Bread – $1.39
  • 2 packages of English muffins – $0.99 each

Total: $23.21

Shaw’s haul:

  • 2 packages of English muffins – B1G1
  • Sesame oil – $2.99, on sale down from $4.49
  • Spaghetti – $0.88, on sale down from $1.19
  • Alfredo sauce – $1.50, on sale down from $2.50
  • Eggs – $0.79
  • Milk – $1.99
  • Orange juice – $3.49
  • Ground turkey – $1.69, on sale down from $5.49 and a $1 coupon
  • 2 packages of imitation crab – B1G1
  • Spinach – $2.99
  • Potatoes – $1.63
  • Lettuce – $1.49
  • Oranges – $1.80
  • Blueberries – $1.27, on sale down from $4.99
  • 3/4 pound of deli chicken – $6.15
  • 2 wraps – $2, with a $1 off coupon

Total: $38.84

Total for the week: $62.05

Meal Plan:

Since it’s a holiday weekend and my husband took off work until Thursday, I probably won’t end up cooking all of these. I will prioritize the dishes with the most perishable ingredients.

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – May 23

Everything is happening! We finally found a house we could agree on so we put an offer in. Unfortunately there is more than one offer on it so we have to wait and see if ours was accepted. I really hope we get it, the house is perfect (minus the kitchen, boo) and it’s in a great location.

But we’re still waiting, so here’s my grocery haul and meal plan for the week.

Aldi haul:

  • Tomato sauce – $0.25
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Bananas – $0.91
  • Hummus (under the blueberries) – $1.79
  • Mushrooms – $0.89
  • English muffins – $0.99 each
  • Honeydew – $1.69
  • Grapes – $3.98
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Asparagus – $1.99
  • Organic cumin – $1.99
  • Lactose free milk – $2.79
  • Green peppers – $1.49
  • Strawberry jelly – $1.79
  • Corned beef – $1.79
  • Blueberries – $0.99

Total: $26.91

Shaw’s haul:

  • Cereal – $2.50
  • Orzo – $1
  • Tomato sauce – $1
  • Butter – $1.99
  • Orange juice – $2.99 each
  • Gallon of milk – $2.79
  • Italian ice – B1G1
  • Ground turkey – $2.50
  • Oranges – $1.66
  • Potatoes – $3.44
  • Avocado – $0.99
  • Zucchini (rang up as a cucumber) – $0.79
  • Red bell pepper – $1.67
  • Mushrooms – $1.79
  • Rev wraps – $2.25 for 2
  • Deli cheese – $3.02
  • Deli chicken – $7.99

Total: $44.85

Total for the week: $71.76

A bit more this week because I splurged on a few things for my husband who is always hungry.

Meal plan:

  • Stir fry – free with tofu from last week and frozen vegetables
  • Spaghetti – $1.89 for mushrooms and tomato sauce, no meatballs
  • Orzo Skillet – $3.05 for ground turkey and diced tomatoes
  • Sesame Chicken – $1.67 for red pepper
  • Zucchini, Black Beans and Rice – $0.79 for the zucchini, need to buy more diced tomatoes.

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – May 17

Oops, I’m a day late on this. I got swamped with work. The house hunt is still ongoing, at least we have some time before we need to move.

Aldi haul:

  • Lactose free milk – $2.79 (still no whole milk)
  • Half gallon of regular milk – $1.59
  • Mango sorbet – $1.99 (delicious!)
  • Frozen broccoli – $1.89
  • Dijon mustard – $0.99
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Tomato sauce – $0.25
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Deli turkey – $2.49
  • Asparagus – $2.99 (This bag could be divided into 4 servings!)
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Bananas – $0.76
  • Strawberry preserves – $1.79
  • 2 packages of blueberries – $1.99 each

Total: $26.09

Shaw’s haul:

  • Tomato paste – $1.99
  • Greek yogurt – $0.88 each
  • Orange juice – $3.49 each
  • Frozen broccoli – $0.97
  • Tofu – $1.50
  • 2 lemons – $0.69 each
  • Green pepper – $1.37
  • Baby spinach – $2.50
  • Deli chicken – $7.99
  • Not included – body wash, shampoo, trash bags and toilet paper

Total: $28.20

Total for the week: $54.29

I spent almost $50 just at Shaw’s, but it was mostly household stuff. I need to spend a little more on food and leave household items out of the equation because we don’t have a lot in the house besides what I buy for meals. If we don’t have leftovers, we’re left scrambling for something to eat on the weekends.

I was also able to save money this week because we’re stocked up on pantry items pretty well.

Meal plan: