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budget meal plan {august 3-9} + grocery haul

by Heather

Thank you all for the sweet congrats about our 2nd baby!

Another week of meals planned is already underway.  Here are the deets.


Saturday: carne asada, black beans, corn on the cob + chips and salsa

[we had company that night]

Sunday: BLATs

[bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato]

Monday: tamale pie

[super fast to throw together and quite tasty – I’ve made it once before]

Tuesday: roasted cauliflower frittata + roasted brussel sprouts

Wednesday: salmon Caesar salad + homemade bread

[either this artisan bread or this whole wheat focassia bread]

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: homemade chicken nuggets + potato wedges + salad or fruit

This week 2 vegetarian meals snuck into the mix, which I was very happy about.  I don’t think Jacob seems to mind as long as it’s not tofu, and there is cheese.  For some reason that makes it okay.

I’ve actually been loving having a meal plan and the food in the house for it.  When I got out of meal planning I told myself I liked just throwing things together for dinner (which is true), but this is so much easier!  Less brain power is required towards the end of the day.

My grocery shopping spanned Friday and Saturday.  Here’s everything I picked up and how much of my $100 budget I spent.



  • milk
  • orange juice
  • eggs
  • pizza dough
  • bacon
  • lunch meat
  • sour cream


  • tortilla chips
  • salsa
  • black beans x2
  • pinto beans
  • olive oil
  • lime juice
  • raspberry jam
  • polenta
  • freezer bags
  • garlic granules
  • cumin
  • italian seasoning


  • beer
  • charcoal

Total spent at Winco: 53.78

Again, I ended up not having the cash on hand, so when checking out I got $45 cash back, bringing the total of ‘cash’ taken out to $98.78.

Next stop, Chuck’s Produce


  • cantaloupe (on sale)
  • white peaches (on sale)
  • yellow peaches (on sale)
  • apples
  • oranges
  • tomatoes (on sale)


  • corn (on sale)
  • 11 mini avocadoes (for just $1! very much on sale)
  • cauliflower (on sale)

Total spent at Chuck’s Produce: $8.51

I am super excited about another Chuck’s Produce opening much closer to my house towards the end of the month.  I always look at their weekly specials online before I go there (which isn’t often because I don’t like driving out there).  They normally have awesome deals on local produce.

Costco (forgot to take pictures)

  • Chobani (the extra $4.20 off the regular price was about to end – had to restock!)
  • shampoo
  • cheddar cheese

Total spent at Costco: $24.06

Grand total spent so far: $86.35

Today I’m going to pick up a couple loaves of sandwich bread since we’re out and pectin for blackberry jam making tomorrow (Jacob and I went picking on Sunday).  I’ll definitely spend less than I have left!

All in all, I think I did pretty well shopping from my list and making the $100 budget work.  This has actually been really fun.  A nice challenge.  It’s great that Jacob’s on board with it too.  He’s even made a sacrifice (of his own choosing!) to forgo his favorite white chocolate macadamia nut creamer for milk and sugar.  I love it because it’s healthier and saves money!

Lastly, I made a few different iced teas over the weekend.  It cost me zero dollars since I already had the tea on hand.  Decaf ginger peach (which is already gone – boo!), black tea and earl grey tea.  I definitely foresee more iced tea being made this summer!


Do you make your own iced tea?  What kind of tea do you use?  Do you have a recipe I should bookmark for next week’s meal plan?  Please share!


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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 6, 2013 - 10:00 am

It’s amazing the money you can save when you leave out the “extras”! All of your dinners look delicious. I’m going to check out that tamale pie!

Fit Mama August 8, 2013 - 3:37 pm

I know it! Let me know if you try the tamale pie… I sure like it a lot!

lindsay August 6, 2013 - 12:42 pm

I love the way you budget, so similar to me. So much good CHEAP food out there, we just need to look. Thanks, i might link this to a post this week!

Pepper August 6, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Oh I love your ice teas! I never think to make them ahead! Your menu plan looks awesome – I didn’t get to making mine this week. 😛

Fit Mama August 6, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Pepper, if you meal plan I would totally suggest adding the roasted cauliflower frittata… we had it tonight and oh my, it was amazing!

Carol August 6, 2013 - 2:44 pm

I spend a fortune on food each week. Wait until your kids are teenagers! Plus its all so expensive here in Australia. I laugh when I read what you pay for your grocery items. I probably end up spending at least $300 each week on food, although meal planning does help to cut down the cost.

Fit Mama August 8, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Oye teenagers! I can’t even think about that yet.

Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) August 6, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Love reading grocery budgets! That avocado deal is amazing.
And David is the same way about vegetarian meals. Somehow cheese makes it all ok- haha!

Fit Mama August 8, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Haha men are funny like that. Do you guys have a favorite veg meal David likes too?

Crystal A. August 7, 2013 - 6:34 pm

I wish I had a meal plan…mine consists of procrastination and opening the fridge, freezer, and pantry trying to decide what to eat with what we have seconds before meals. I totally need to be more organized…but I am not.

Ooh I love iced tea! I love the Peach Iced Tea on this page… http://www.needcaffeine.com/blog/seven-iced-tea-recipes/

Fit Mama August 8, 2013 - 3:35 pm

I’ve been there too Crystal! Once you get into a rhythm of meal planning it makes it easier I’m finding. And I’m checking out the ice tea recipe!

Jenni August 9, 2013 - 10:25 am

I think meal planning is SO important for a budget and for utilizing everything in the fridge before it goes bad. At least it has been for me and my family. Looks like its going to be a good week at your place! Which day should I stop by for dinner? 😉


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