We’re officially on week two of our cheap weekly meal plan, and it’s been going well so far! If you remember, our first post on this topic covered week one and a couple of extra days the week before. In this post, we’re going to talk about the upcoming week, which is week two.
Last week, we only had to pick up a few extra ingredients to last through the week. I sent Cole to the store, and somewhere along the way, we lost the receipt. I know that we got a pizza crust and some pizza sauce, but I don’t think we got much else. It was about $10.00. So our total for a week and a half came to somewhere around $75.00, which pretty dang close to our goal of $60.00 a week!
This week, our menu stays pretty similar to what we did last week. We’ve stuck with our staple “crack” chicken because it’s so easy and pretty cheap to make. We also plan to make a pizza braid or two, because pizza, am I right? We got some Hamburger Helpers, too. We’ll probably only make one this week, but now we have a few extra in the future since they were on sale. More on our menu later!
We also picked up a few extra things that we didn’t really need, but it was for a good cause! Last night was the College Football Playoff National Championship, and Cole and I wanted to try out one of the appetizers on our 9 Quick and Easy Sports Appetizers for Any Frenzied Crowd list. We’d been to the last three games and gotten barbeque chicken nachos at two of them, so we wanted to recreate that meal at home. And, let me tell you… our barbeque chicken nachos were on point. In fact, I think I might make them again tonight!
Anyway, now for our grocery list! We only shopped at Winn Dixie this week. I just didn’t have time to do the in-depth searching that I did last time. In any case, we spent a little bit more than I wanted, but I still think we’ve got a pretty good average going, overall!
From Winn Dixie:
- 2 bags Santita’s tortilla chips, $4.00
- 2 boxes Hamburger Helper, $2.00 (10 for $10.00)
- 6 Pepsi brand 2-liters, $7.56 (buy 2, get 1 free)
- 1 pack Nestle water bottles, $3.50
- 3 boxes Kelloggs Pop Tarts, $5.00 (3 for $5.00)
- 2 cans Hunts traditional pasta sauce, $2.00
- 1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s barbeque sauce, $2.99
- 2 loaves Nature’s Own wheat bread, $3.39 (BOGO free)
- 2 bags Winn Dixie boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, $12.99 (BOGO free)
- 1 slab hickory sweet bacon, $3.40
- 2 gallons milk, $6.58
- 2 bags Kraft shredded Colby Jack cheese, $4.00 (BOGO free)
- 2 blocks Kraft Pepper Jack cheese, $4.00 (BOGO free)
- 2 packages Pillsbury classic refrigerated pizza crust, $5.58
- 1 package Pillsbury Grands biscuits, $1.99
- 1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, $2.69
Total Savings: $31.41
To get our weekly average so far, I added up our totals ($64.35 for week one and a half, $71.67 for week two, and a $10.00 mini grocery run in between) and divided by 2.5. Our weekly grocery average at this point is $58.40! We are so excited by the changes that we are making. By being intentional with our grocery shopping, we are seeing massive savings that we just didn’t have before!
- “Crack” chicken, 2 days
- Pizza braid, 2 days
- Barbecue chicken nachos, 1 day
- Spaghetti, 1 day
- Hamburger Helper, 1 day
And there you have it. Have y’all been following our cheap weekly meal plan? Have you made your own? Let us know in the comments!