Grocery Shopping on A Budget


When it comes to menu planning, I’m not a huge fan. I mean, I recognize the benefits, but I loathe sitting down to choose recipes. It just so happens, I’ve been put on “strict bed rest” for the rest of this pregnancy…which means I have more time to menu plan, yay! {that’s a sarcastic “yay” by the way}.

With our oldest son’s birthday coming up and the looming hospital bills for the c-section, I’ve challenged my family to eat what’s in the cupboard, get creative and, here’s the big one…be happy about it! {aka, don’t complain} in order to save some money.

So, I’ve put together our dinner menu for the next 2 weeks and tomorrow Ian will go shopping {because I’m not allowed to walk around and I have too much pride to ride in one of those silly motorized scooters at the store} and the goal is to spend less than $150. I’ll post an update on how much we really spent tomorrow!

I’m always a fan of seeing what other people are cooking for their families, so I thought I’d share. Here is what will be cooking at my house the next 2 weeks {this is the quick, easy and cheap menu plan, since Ian will be doing all the cooking and I wanted to make it as easy as possible for him. Once this baby is born, we’re getting on a more healthy menu plan!}:

Cornbread waffles with Chili and Fixin’s

Okinawa Taco Rice

Store Bought Frozen Potstickers over rice

Swedish Meatballs over rice (using the McCormick seasoning mix and ground turkey)

Crock Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork 

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato (BLT) sandwiches

Almost Carbonara

Tomato Basil Chicken

Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Bowls (one of my favorites)

Spicy Sausage Pasta (one of Ian’s favorites)

Sending Ian shopping without me is always a gamble, he gets distracted by yummy snacks and ends up bringing home MANY things that aren’t on the list! {and of course, not bringing home things that ARE on the list…but we’re all guilty of that aren’t we?} I’m excited to see if he/we can stick to the $150 budget! Stay tuned, I’ll post the update tomorrow!!!

And if you have any tips or tricks on how you menu plan and save money, I’m all ears!

4 Replies to “Grocery Shopping on A Budget”

    1. You know, I’ve tried coupons…but I always find myself buying stuff I didn’t really need! And the things I really need (or have on my list and really want!) never have coupons! In other words, I’m not a coupon kind of gal. What about you???

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      1. I used to find that coupons were good for things like cookies and granola bars. I wished there were coupons on staples, and I guess that’s why I stopped using them. Looks like we came to the same conclusion. Have you tried apps that let you get money back after $20.00 in coupon rebates?


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