Grocery Challenge: Start of Week 1

22 06 2010

After a short break, I’m back with a little frugal culinary adventure. I’m participating in the All You Grocery Challenge to spend no more than $25 per person, per week, and still fix healthy, yummy meals. I hope the challenge will help me improve my meal-planning skills and give me a chance to hone my supermarket saving skills. It’s the third day of week one, and we’re off to a slow start, but doing well!

Here’s the tentative meal plan for the week:

Breakfast: cereal, fiber bars and yogurt that we have in the house both from stockpile sales and BJ’s. (Love BJ’s wholesale club since you can use coupons on their products too)

Lunch: Leftovers (will plan this better next week to “healthify” the options)

Sunday–Chicken & Rice (Added a box of rice from the pantry to chopped cooked chicken breast from the freezer, and a bit of leftover spaghetti sauce and cheese from the fridge.)

Monday–Leftovers from the weekend (had some takeout from Wright’s Chicken Farm for Father’s Day too)

Tuesday–Hamburgers (in freezer) & turkey burgers, mesclun salad from the garden, Vanessa’s burger buns (dough is resting in the fridge right now!)

Wednesday–Mustard Glazed Pork Chops, peas from freezer, salad from garden

Thursday–American Chop Suey (use leftover burgers from Tues), salad from the garden, canned pineapple from the pantry¬†

Friday–Pizza (homemade crust, will have to get some toppings later this week, or just make it cheese & broccoli)

Saturday–Hotdogs (from the freezer) and baked beans, salad from garden (have you noticed this salad is growing out of control?)

Grocery Trip Details:

Spent $26.20 on Monday evening to buy:
2.5 lbs pork ribs (B1G1 package)—Freeze for later
3 lbs boneless pork chops (B1G1 package)—Freeze 1/2, other for Wed. dinner
1 lb plainville turkey burgers (Used $5/$15 meat purchase Q)–for Tues nite
2 doz Eggland’s best eggs ($1.50 each after $.50/1 Q doubled)
steak sauce (free at PC this week!)
2 Cans of Goya Beans ($.65/each)
Can Spaghetti Sauce ($1)
2 frozen 100% juice concentrates
Store brand BBQ Sauce ($.25 after i-save coupon)
3-lb box Elbow Mac ($1.77)
2 8-oz packages Shredded Cheese (2/$3)
Green Pepper ($.77)

Week 1 Budget Remaining: $73.80

Need to go buy some more fruit and bread for PB&Js, since Bean isn’t digging chicken leftovers for lunch.