Monday, March 1, 2010

$40 a Week Food Menu / Shopping list

I Shopped at Food Lion this week , but will be doing more shopping tomorrow, so this is the START of this weeks grocery / stock pile.
I do have the menu pre-planned but as usual this is just a guideline of ideas, something else may strike my fancy or come to mind as the week goes on.

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I budget about $40 a week to feed my family. It must be noted that I am a BIG stockpiler of items, buy thru many different venues and use what I have by cooking creatively. I supplement my week of groceries by going out to eat 1x per week and ordering pizza at least every other week........... I do not have to do this because I usually have plenty I could eat at home, but I choose to do this and do that with coupons and gc as well when possible.

This week I shopped at Food Lion (and will be going out again this week)...and yes we met our budget , stockpiled and will eat well again this week for under $40! this is feeding 3 of us, but could easily feed 4, you will note that many weeks my "shopping list" is extremely long and other weeks very would think "why do you need all of that?" or "how can you make a weeks worth of groceries with that?" once you are a bonafide "freelancer" it will become very clear how this works.......... for now
it may be a bit confusing if you are a newbie. BE PATIENT YOU CAN DO THIS!

MENU (ideas, usually don't stick to it exactly........remember I have been doing this for literally YEARS so I always have a huge stockpile to work within from free and almost free items) I am actually going out of town this week so SAT & SUNDAY will not happen but I am putting there for you to get the "idea" of how I use items on hand/in freezer etc to make meals happen PLEASE FEEL FREE to compare my menus and dinners to past menus or others that post theirs, I cook pretty healthy and a variety of dishes too LAST WEEKS MENU

Sandwich Thins Multi-Grain
Smithfield BBQ Pork Tenderloin
Jenno O Terriaki Turkey Tenderloin
20 oz coke Zero
Swanson Beef Broth
2 - packs of Italian Dressing Mix
Hostess Raspberry Zingers
G.I. Joe Valentine Cards (25cents - next year grandkids vday cards)
ICARLY Valentine Cards (25cents- next year grandkids vday cards)
10 Full sized Candy Bars (snickers, milky way, twix)
TOTAL after MVP & Coupons: $25.18
savings / discounts: $36.25 ***including the savings by request
WILL be spending more this week as I have more shopping to do!

Breakfasts: oatmeal, grits, cereal, toast, biscuits, yogurt, fruit (canned and frozen), smoothies, breakfast bars**we eat breakfast usually "on the go" during the week and 1 cooked breakfast over the weekend
Lunch: left overs, oodles of noodles, soups, crackers sandwiches, salad etc I pack lunches for faith & sometimes butch and I eat at home.
Beverages: water, juice, soda, wine, koolaid, lemonade, coffee, TEA
Desserts / snacks: ice cream, cookies, chips, peanuts, cheese, peppers, crackers, candy bars, zingers

Monday: Vegetable Beef Soup and Freshly Baked Bread
Tuesday: Salmon Cakes , Cole Slaw, Creamed corn
Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, biscuits
Thursday: Dinner out / or Pizza
Friday: Sliced Turkey Tenderloin, Angel hair pasta w/ alfredo sauce, Green peas
Saturday : LEFT OVER MAKEOVER (depending on whats "left" in the fridge)
Sunday: French Onion Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Chips

***as you can see many items listed in menu are NOT what I bought this week. That is because I also do a PANTRY CHALLENGE as to not let the items I have stockpiled go to waste.


Teri said...

I do so appreciate that you share this info with us. I don't comment often enough, but I wanted you to know that I take your advice to heart. I finally got back into couponing seriously a couple of months ago. Wow, what a great difference it makes.

Thanks again! said...

thanks so much Teri!!!!!!!!!!!