I am going to hold myself accountable to you all this week and tell you the truth on how much I spent on groceries. I made my menu plan for the week and it goes:
Boca Burgers and french fries
Spaghetti and garlic bread
Chili and cornbread (or rolls)
BBQ chicken and baked potatoes
Poor Man's Soup
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy
Every meal will also have a vegetable and fruit served with it. With pizza and spaghetti it is usually salad, with meatloaf and chicken it is usually corn, peas, or green beans. Fruit is usually whatever is on sale or what we happen to have on hand (sliced apples, pineapple slices, oranges, etc.).
The menu only lists what we eat for supper. I don't typically plan lunch as it is usually something quite simple such as peanut butter sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, soup, or leftovers. Throw in some veggies and dip and fruit and call it complete and easy. Snacks are usually crackers, popcorn, or fruit and vegetables.
Breakfast is easy. We always have cold cereal on hand but rarely eat it. We have our choice between hot cereals, oatmeal, eggs and toast, or muffins. Simple, cheap, and healthy!
I am going shopping later on today and will update you on what I spent. Update: I sprent $63.04 at the grocery store today. This is ingredients for all the recipes listed above (what I didn't already have on hand), vegetables, fruits, and milk. The only thing I will probably need to pick up later in the week is another gallon or two of milk, so I came in way under budget! Yay for me! I'll keep you afloat of any quick trip I may make to the store next week.