healthy on $75: week 3 grocery haul breakdown + meal plan
My original plan was for June to be all about healthy on $75. And now June is gone so it’s going to continue on through July! I still have so much to share, and it turns out I’m a little slow at pumping out the posts on it. Here’s the third installment of my grocery haul breakdown. Enjoy!
Like I mentioned in week 2′s breakdown, this week was also a bit off since we were on vacation for part of it. As I begin to write this I haven’t added up the total I spent yet so it’ll be a surprise for me too.
What we ate
Friday: BBQ’d steak and bratwurst, avocado, tomato and mozzarella salad and watermelon (vacation meal I didn’t cook)
Saturday: burritos + corn on the cob (vacation meal I didn’t cook)
Sunday: sushi from the grocery store (which was ehh but after 7 hours of driving I was not down with cooking) + peas from the garden
Monday: bratwurst and potato salad (dinner at my parents + world cup watching!)
Tuesday: fried rice with fresh peas and kale chips
Wednesday: burritos and brownies (dinner at my parents + world cup watching!)
Thursday: whole wheat pasta with feta and sauted zucchini in a light yogurt sauce + teriyaki chicken
Lunches: on vacation deli sandwiches provided by my parents – back home tuna sandwiches and leftovers.
Grocery haul breakdown
In addition to the visual of what I purchased, I’ve included a picture of the receipt (when available) to show prices. There is also an explanation of what I picked up on sale and used a coupon with and any other notes.
2 different pre-made sushi packs
Now normally I don’t include meals out or take out in our food budget, because it’s a rarity, but this is getting included because after a long drive instead of cooking, we picked up food. Yes, I could have made something, but I went with the easy route. It tasted okay… but I totally could have made something better.
Safeway total: $12
gallon of organic whole milk
2 packages of chicken breasts (on sale)
ground beef (discounted)
bananas (on sale)
ripe bananas (discounted)
2 lb bag of avocados (on sale)
zucchini (on sale)
nectarines (on sale)
apricots (on sale)
I picked up one extra package of chicken breasts, which went right into the freezer. The produce was all on sale saving me money on items I really want!
Chuck’s Produce total: $37.42
2 package sof starbucks coffee (sale and coupons)
2 deodorants (sale and coupons)
toothpaste (sale and coupons + register rewards earned)
Walgreens total: $14.67
toilet paper (paper and mobile coupon)
frozen peas (mobile coupon)
Target total: $4.68
3 cases of yuuuuuumy microbrews (42 bottles total, 18 x 22 ounces and 24 x 12 ounces)
I wish I could say everyone could get this deal, but it’s special from my husbands work. He worked in the beverage industry and they have a room called the dent room where you can piece together cases (or get full cases) of beer. A case of microbrew is just 9 dollars… it just cannot be beat.
Dent room total: $21
Grand total for 5 places: $89.77
Thankful it’s lower than the previous week! It goes to show that making food at home saves money… had we not picked up sushi, I would have been right near my target of $75.
How I saved money this week:
I looked through the chuck’s produce ad before going shopping to make my list based off of what was on sale. Almost everything I purchased there was at a lower price than regular.
I decided on a walgreens and target run to stock up on some items that we always need – mainly the coffee and toilet paper. The deodorant deal was too good to pass up (just 50 cents each after the register rewards!).
In the long run the extra beer will save us money. All three cases will last a while and since it’s summer time and we’re entertaining more, the extra cost of buying beer each week won’t be needed.
How was your grocery shopping this week?