Menu Plan and Grocery Shopping

On Mondays I share my grocery shopping from the weekend and my menu plan for the next week. I do this to keep an eye on my grocery spending ( I am trying to keep our grocery expenses to under $70 a week) and to have a plan for what to eat during this crazy thing called life. It is just one way that I can live better one day at a time.

This weekend, I went to Aldi and to Kroger. I have been able to cut our grocery bill in half by shopping primarily at Aldi!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!

This weekend I bought:

Aldi: Spent $41.36--- this included extras like the pudding mix and cool whip for father-in-laws b-day pie. .
This also included their fit and active yogurt smoothies to try (I tried them yesterday--they are YUMMY!) and their spaghetti sauce to try. 

Kroger trip: spent $31.49--- included pie crust for pie and strawberries for fruit salad for Father-in-laws b-day
Total spent: $41.36 + $31.49 = $72.85 (over budget by $2.85) That is okay. As I bought extra stuff for my Father-in-laws birthday party. So I am okay with that.

Now onto my menu plan:

The last couple weeks I have been HORRIBLE about following and making a plan. I have got to get back on track this week.....I so need to do this as we have a busy May ahead, between work schedules, trying to find a new rental, yard sale in 2 weeks, Mother's Day, physical therapist appt for Jacob, baseball games, and birthdays....It makes me crazy just to think about all the things we have to do. Menu planning is one thing I can do to simplify our life and to help me live better one day at a time!

MONDAY: Spaghetti with meat sauce (leftover from the weekend)

TUESDAY: Chicken tacos (made with leftover roasted chicken from last week)

WEDNESDAY: Chicken patties, mixed vegetables, salad (quick and easy!)

THURSDAY: Chili (from freezer), grilled cheese, carrots

FRIDAY: Macaroni and cheese and green beans

SATURDAY: grilled salmon, rice, mixed veggie blend

SUNDAY: not sure yet...but I know I am NOT cooking! ;-)

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  1. Rachel, we did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!


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