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budget meal plan {august 10-16} + grocery haul challenge

by Heather

Grocery shopping was a bit more challenging this week, as far as staying within my $100 budget.  Before I share about that, here’s what we have planned to eat for the week!


Saturday: chipotle lime grilled chicken skewers with avocado ranch + corn on the cob

The avocado ranch was definitely needed – these chicken skewers were packing some heat!


Sunday: crockpot chili + corn on the cob

Monday: whole wheat spaghetti penne with meat and veggie sauce + homemade bread

Tuesday: chili stuffed twice baked potatoes + roasted broccoli

Wednesday: sushi bowls

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: was going to be pizza, but our plans changed so dinner with friends!

I actually think Wednesday will turn into another leftovers day, as we have lots of chili and penne left over.  Fine by me!

Now let me show you the groceries I picked up for the week… and how it turned into a challenge.

First stop, Costco.


  • dishwasher detergent
  • bananas – 2x
  • avocado
  • string cheese
  • tomato sauce
  • disposable razors

Total spent: $59.23

Jacob told me he needed razors, which are cheaper in the long run when I purchase them at Costco, but there went an extra $27 I hadn’t planned to spend.  After that, I modified my list a bit and watched my cash a bit much more closely.

Chuck’s Produce


  • lettuce
  • broccoli (trying to get more veggies in my life again!)
  • corn
  • mushrooms


  • grapes
  • tomato
  • ground beef

Everything I picked up at chuck’s was on sale… I planned it that way by looking online at their weekly specials first.  I needed beef for 2 meals (spaghetti and chili), so instead of buying 2 lb, I just got a 1.5 lb package to spit between the meals.  We won’t notice the little bit less.

Total spent at Chuck’s Produce: $12.14


Normally I don’t shop at Safeway for the bulk of my groceries, but I had a spend $20, get $5 off coupon, which definitely helped me get closer to staying within my budget this week.


  • whole milk
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • sour cream


  • kidney beans – x2
  • black beans
  • petite diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • yeast
  • ranch
  • whole grain penne (saved 50 cents here by just getting a different shape for our ‘spaghetti’ night)


  • russet potatoes
  • bell pepper
  • green onions

Total spent at Safeway: $20.32 – $5= $15.32



  • unbleached flour
  • lunch meat

Total spent at Winco: $2.23

Peach picking

Turns out there is a peach farm just a few minutes from our house.  Score!  This was not only a practical ‘get fruit for the week T a good price’ trip, but a delicious one for Hunter.  Next time I definitely need to bring hand wipes along.  The boy was a sticky mess.  But a happy mess. 🙂


We picked peaches + I got my onions at the farmer stand the farm had there.


  • peaches
  • walla walla sweet onion

Total spent at farm: $5.00

Lastly, an unpictured and unplanned Safway trip to pick up tylenol.  We were totally out in the house, and this pregnant mama had a major pounding headache.  The $5.40 for Safeway brand tylenol was a must.

Grand total of the 6 stops: $99.32!!!

Woah, so close.  When I added it up in my head, I thought I was actually a dollar over, but am so glad that I ended up 68 cents ahead!

Next week should not be as tight.  We are also going to be busy over the weekend with not many meals to plan for, so we’ll see if that helps the budget as well.

Do you go fruit picking in the summertime?  What is your favorite fruit/berry to pick?

We went blueberry picking a few weeks ago – another fun and delicious trip. 🙂

Have a great night!


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Erica August 12, 2013 - 10:46 pm

You always do so awesome with food budgeting! I need your skills. Yum to fresh picked produce. We have a farm near us (the one Ryan Renolds got married at) that has a lot of you pick- we did strawberries this year

Caroline @ Broccoli Hut August 13, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Wow, way to go on your grocery bargain hunting! I’ve been a little lazy about coupons and such since we moved a few weeks ago–you’ve inspired me to get back on track!
We picked strawberries this year. I hope to make it a tradition!

Fit Mama August 15, 2013 - 5:10 pm

I’m so bad with couponing… I look through them and never really find anything I use. Any tips would be wonderful!

Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy August 14, 2013 - 10:06 pm

We have the same weekly budget of $100. Sometimes it can be tricky, especially if we have guests coming over for dinner one night, but for the most part, I’m able to stick within our budget. When we first started budgeting, it was hard, but now it is like second nature to me. Meal planning is the key!

I love picking fresh peaches and making peach crisp and milkshakes with them in the Summer! Glad to have found your blog. I look forward to following it!

Fit Mama August 15, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Meal planning is definitely key! We had guests over once for dinner so far since our budget began and it ended up working out since I already had most of the food on hand… but I can definitely see how it will be more of a challenge in the future when I don’t always have things stocked up. Thanks for stopping by Melissa, going to check your site out!


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