$60.00 A Week Challenge: October 19, 2015 Weekly Food Cost

Happy Monday!

So I did a great job of shopping from the pantry, garden and freezer for this week which resulted in very few dollars being spent on groceries.  We also didn't stock up on anything this week because those items that were on sale we still have plenty of.

(the menu plan that goes with the expenses can be found here)

Here's what we spent:

Commissary: $14.82
  • Pepperoni, Onions, Juice, Rolls, and Rolled Oats.

Farmer's Market: $18.50
  • Milk & Cream - $11.50
  • Apple Cider & Apples - $7.00

Hannaford: $4.50
  • Soda
Grand Total =  $37.82

We did order out Saturday night because we were busy making products, so last week's total goes from $54.47 to $78.73.

About this week's menu:
I was able to plan this week's menu around what we currently have in our home.  However, I thought it would be interesting to itemize everything out just to see what it would cost if I had to buy everything.  With this week's sale prices and regular prices factored in, the total for the week in our area would have been: $78.39

This total assumes I have eggs, rice, flour, peanut butter, beans, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire, and sage on hand, which I usually do.

I would have had to buy: 
  • tortilla shells - $1.50
  • milk - $3.49/gallon
  • whole chicken - $1.29/lb
  • apple cider - $2.99
  • potatoes - $4.20
  • apples - $4.00
  • carrots - .99cents
  • celery - $1.19
  • pork chops - $2.99/lb
  • butternut squash - .99cents/lb
  • ground beef - $2.99/lb
  • beef stock - $1.50/each
  • corn {frozen} - .99cents
  • chicken stock - $1.50/each
  • pepperoni - $1.59
  • chicken wings - $6.83
  • wing sauce - $2.62
  • spinach - $2.49
  • country-style pork ribs - $1.79/lb
  • kielbasa - $3.49
  • onions - .88cents/lb
  • cheese - $2.49
  • salsa - $1.89
  • frozen fruit - $2.49
Not too bad for a full week's worth of meals!  With a little planning, you really can control the cost of your weekly grocery spending.  It just takes time - time to look at the sales flyers and look at what you currently have on hand.

How about you?  How did you do with your own weekly budget?

Click here to read more about our $60.00/week challenge.

1 comment

Sarah said...

Awesome job planning! I'm just trying to imagine what it would be like to walk away from the Farmer's Market having spent less than $40 for the week.