Back on the weekly budget wagon - meal planning and grocery shopping for January 3rd - 8th

With the holidays behind us and a new year started, we are back on the wagon on meal planning and trying to stay in our weekly grocery budget.  The way we got the weekly budget of $50 is that Jon gets paid every other week $100 for his oncall pay.  For right now, we've decided that we would use that for
our grocery/household shopping.  Before we would use what was leftover after paying the bills.  This left us with less than $50 some weeks and over $50 other weeks.  By setting a set amount each week, it has helped us be able to figure out what we can and cannot afford.

We didn't get around to working on our meal planning and shopping until Sunday.  Here's what we decided on for our dinners for this week:
  1. Chicken patty sandwiches (already had everything)
  2. pork chops (could be BBQ pork chops, but not sure)
  3. Chicken Alfredo
  4. Pizza Casserole
As usual, we went down to Walmart and bought the items on our list.
  • alfredo sauce  $1.95
  • pizza sauce  $0.98
  • mozzarella cheese  $2.48
  • small can of tomato sauce  $0.44
  • deodorant  $3.88
  • spicy brown mustard  $1.38
I love when we have small lists that the items are not too expensive!  The total spent at Walmart was $11.52.

We then headed off to Wegmans to finalize the shopping.  The list was rather small for Wegmans.
  • OJ  $2.49
  • pepperoni  $2.49, was on sale for $2.29
  • pork chops  $3.14
  • minced garlic  $2.49
  • potato chips 2/$4.00
  • provolone cheese  $4.41
Unlike Walmart, the list was small, but the prices were not as cheap.  The total spent was $19.29.  Not too much more than at Walmart.

The grand total spent was $30.81!  That makes us under budget by $19.19.  That's  great for our first grocery trip of the year.  How did you do for your first full week of the new year weekly grocery budget?

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