Last week W and I did a big shopping trip at Sam's Club. We stocked up on quite a few things. It will save money in the long run, but it stretches the budget for the immediate future. To compensate I am cutting back on my spending for the next few weeks. I am giving myself a budget of $20 per week which is plenty given the amount of food I have on hand. Some of the meals are from last week's menu. W had a work meal, and we ate out while we were shopping.
I skipped regular grocery shopping last week and stopped in today to pick up the current sale items. I purchased Vidalia onions, grape tomatoes, two bags of chips, three packages of cheese, and a pack of pork chops. I spent a total of $16. I think the pork chops were my best buy. I got nearly 5 pounds for just $3.70 (markdown plus a coupon).
Here is the menu for the coming week:
Pork chops, rice & gravy, peas or something from the freezer - I am going to try cooking the brown rice in the crockpot. I will choose some sort of vegetable from the freezer.
Taco salads - I need to make tortillas so will keep two for the shells for taco salads. I will use lettuce from the garden and some of the grape tomatoes I purchased. I have avocado in the freezer.
Barbecue Sandwiches and chips - I never got around to cooking the Boston butt and will do that this week.
Chicken, hash brown casserole, and veggie of some sort - Another carryover from last week. The vegetable will depend on what I can put my hands on first in the freezer.
Turkey burgers & fries - I have premade turkey burgers in the freezer that I mixed up a few weeks ago.
Big salads - I will continue to make use of the fresh lettuce from the garden. These will be topped with either ham or chicken as well as hard boiled eggs.
Pizza and salad - Are you tired of seeing this on my menu? I guess I should start calling it "The Usual".