Another Monday, another week of planned menus and groceries already purchased!
Planning meals and then shopping accordingly is the first of the money saving tips that I have implemented this month. By sticking to my list, I was able to get out of Costco with a total spent of only $37. I think it's a record. I like the prices on dairy and some produce (10 lbs of organic carrots, anyone?), but if I vary from my list, I end up with things I don't really NEED.
I did the rest of my shopping at HEB, the ubiquitous (at least in TX) grocery chain. For the month (and we're 10 days in), I've spent $105 on groceries. If I can keep my entire month at $400 or less, I'll be delighted.
Another of the money saving tips I've been doing this month is making my own bread (recipe here).
We love the taste. It costs $4-5 per loaf to buy bread like this at the grocery store, so we are saving bundles in bread alone. I make 2 loaves almost every day. It only takes me about 15 minutes of work, and that includes washing the dishes afterwards. Yesterday I made a chocolate peanut butter spread that I found on pinterest from peanuts, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, salt, and a little peanut oil. Breakfast this morning was our peanutella on bread topped with sliced bananas and accompanied by a glass of milk. You can find the recipe here at Smitten Kitchen.
Without further ado, here is the menu for the week.
Sunday: Baked potatoes topped w/cottage cheese, baked acorn squash, garlicky green beans
Monday: Best baked manicotti, rosemary garlic bread, green salad
Tuesday: West African peanut soup with chicken
Wednesday: BBQ chicken sandwiches, homemade buns, baked beans, cucumber slices, carrot sticks
Thursday: Whole wheat brown sugar banana bread pancakes
Friday: Homemade pizza
I'll be putting a whole chicken into the crockpot later today and using the meat for both Tuesday and Wednesday, plus making chicken stock for the soup Tuesday.
It's going to be a yummy week! What are you cooking?
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