Nothing ends up the way you originally plan - Meal planning for March 21st - 27th

I originally thought that we might be able to do a little stocking up with our groceries since our bills were not as much as previous weeks.  Well, after getting some much needed household items at Sam's and Walmart, taking Michael to see Muppets Most Wanted, buying Frozen & Saving Mr. Banks, and getting a much needed hair cut for Michael our huge budget I thought we were going to have ended up being $30!  Needless to say, we got only what we needed for the week.  Here's our dinner list for the week:

  1. Tacos
  2. Chicken Nuggets (already had the chicken and all the ingredients for the breading)
  3. Chicken Alfredo (carry over)
  4. Hot Dogs (had bought two packs last week)
  5. Spaghetti (already had noodles)

Since we didn't need a whole lot, we did a quick trip to Wegmans.  I think it was the fastest we've done a grocery trip there ever.  We ended up spending a total of $21.95.  Leaving us with $8.05 in our account.

I know a lot of people do the cash only method when trying to stay in their grocery budget and I can see that working really well.  With us, we know that whatever the amount we have for the week is all that's in our account or available on our debit card.  Lately we not only put the amounts in our calculator while shopping, we've been writing it down on our shopping list.  This was our shopping list:

  • ketchup  $2.79
  • hamburger meat - 1 lb  $4.55
  • milk  $3.59
  • OJ  $2.49
  • tortilla shells  $0.99
  • hot dog buns  $1.29
  • spaghetti sauce  $1.99
  • potato chips  $2.50

We did end up adding an onion to the list ($1.22).  Yep, sometimes things are left off of the list.  Most of the time I don't realize that it was left off until we put the groceries away.   Sometimes we have money to get the missing item or items, but when we don't we end up changing up the meal plans.

Since I stay at home with Michael, I generally just make lunch out of whatever we have.  Michael's lunch is generally either chicken nuggets or peanut butter sandwich with gold fish crackers and fruit gummies.  I generally just eat leftovers or make a sandwich.  Jon's the one that we  buy specific food for his lunches.  This week, all he needed was the potato chips.

Hope this gives you some ideas on meals for this week.  How do you all stay within your weekly grocery budget?  What's your budget?  Is it the same every week or different week to week like us? If you like what you just read please click to send a quick vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs- The best mommy blog directory featuring top mom bloggers