This week, my grand total at the store was $42.46. I could have brought it down even further, but I bought something that we already had leftover from last week. I must admit that I was walking through the store with a pretty quick pace, which probably looked kind of ridiculous. I think if I had gone any slower my cart would have begun to fill up with things that we really didn't need.
Anyway, I think one of the best tips that I've picked up along the way (in regards to saving money on groceries), is to watch your portions. I've found that when I chew for longer periods of time, and I put my fork down between bites ( I haven't figured out how to do this with ice cream), I eat a lot less. So while this bit of advice isn't going to save you $1 off a box of cheez-its, it may stretch your healthy meal even further.
This week, this is what we're eating:
-oatmeal with butternut squash and dried fruit
-egg, toast, fruit
-toast with peanut butter and banana
-carrot raisin bran muffins with yogurt
Most days, leftovers from dinner will be eaten the next day as lunch. Other days, these are what I rotate in:
-baby green salad with green peppers, tofu
-tofurkey deli slices (buy on sale and freeze! this is a treat!) on homemade rustic bread, fruit, slice of cheese, carrots or celery
-rice and beans with homemade salsa
-Pizza on homemade dough, salad
-Quinoa with mushrooms, kale, and sweet potatoes with salad
-Homemade tofurkey with mashed potatoes, salad (Didn't get to make it last week!)
-Pasta TVP 'meat' sauce, salad
-Quesadillas with fresh salsa and bean salad
-Chili with whole wheat cornbread and salad
-Lentil burgers on rustic bread, sweet potato fries, and salad
-homemade cinnamon raisin swirl bread with tea
-greek yogurt with veggie slices
-hard boiled egg with veggies
-fruit with peanut butter
-(maybe) a cupcake from Sweet Giuls!
So far, I've stayed well within the budget, and we've eaten quite well. I will be posting more recipes this week, so if anyone would like to see a certain one, please let me know!
*Be sure to check out Grocery Cart Challenge for some more thrifty menu plan ideas!*