$60.00 A Week Grocery Budget Challenge + Weekly Meal Plan - Week of October 3, 2016

Quick & Easy Clam Chowder
So, we did some stocking up on meat this weekend.  Our freezers are again bursting at the seams.  We bought a full roast that, when cut up, totaled 10 pot roasts.  Yes, 10!  We just couldn't beat the price.  We use chuck roast meat for a few dishes throughout fall and winter including pot roast {of course}, French dip sandwiches, Chili Con Carne, Beef Pot Pie and Beef Stew.  Additionally in bulk we bought Alaskan Cod, pork chops, Italian sausage, and sea scallops.  We still need to buy burger, beef short ribs and a bit more oxtail {for soup}, which we buy exclusively from Long Lesson Farm at our Sunday Market.  Best grass-fed beef ever!  Once we've bought those we will be all set through spring with meat and seafood.  We expect to run out of chicken just before spring so we may need to purchase some from local farmers until we are able to raise the next flock in April or May.

Our freezers are now stocked with: chicken {quarters and whole - from the chickens we raised}, pork ribs, pork chops, pork tenderloin {2 left}, pork shoulder roast, bacon, Italian sausage, ground pork {bartered from a local farmer who loves our soap}, rib eye steaks, hangar steaks, pot roast, burger {a few packs}, cod, salmon {4 steaks left}, scallops, sliced peppers, eggplant, homemade pesto, artichoke hearts, poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers, corn, and chicken and beef stock.

I'll be making Cottage Pie {Shepard's Pie made with ground beef} on Thursday.  I'll make a double batch and freeze the second one to use in the next month or two.  This way I'm not taking any extra time to make a freezer meal and we've got something ready to go for a night when we'll need a quick {and delicious} dinner.  I'll try to get the recipe posted this week!

Weekly Meal Plan:

Breakfast - Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - Chicken Tortilla Soup
Dinner - Dinner at my Mom's house

Breakfast - Yogurt & Granola
Lunch - Sandwich
Dinner - Weeknight Chicken Cordon Bleu, Steamed Rice and Brussels Sprouts Casserole

Breakfast - Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - Chicken Tortilla Soup
Dinner - Slow-Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs with Mac & Cheese and Steamed Green Beans

Breakfast - Yogurt & Granola
Lunch - Sandwich
Dinner - Cottage Pie {Shepard's Pie with ground beef} and Homemade Artisan Bread

Breakfast - Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - Chicken Tortilla Soup
Dinner - Slow-Cooker Chicken & Artichokes in Cream Sauce over Pasta

Breakfast - Blueberry Pancakes & Oven-Baked Bacon
Lunch - Quick & Easy Clam Chowder
Dinner - Beer Battered Fish & Chips

Breakfast - Eggs over home fries & sausage
Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup
Dinner - Beef Stew with Homemade Artisan Bread

Sunday Meal Prep:
Weekly Food Cost:
Commissary:  $19.72
  • butter, flour, canned clams, clam broth, tortilla shells, sandwich bread
Wholesale Club:  $170.00
  • chuck roast, Alaskan cod, scallops, Italian sausage, pork chops

Total Weekly Cost:  $189.72.....WAY over budget but should reduce our weekly budget costs considerably since just about all meat is purchased for fall and winter


Tiny Toadstool Cottage said...

Isn't it a great feeling to have the freezer full? Hubby butchered two lambs and a pig in the last month and my freezer is overflowing! Makes me feel very secure - unless the power goes out.

Fiona from Arbordale Farm said...

We are trying to empty our freezer and pantry before moving overseas in early Jan and it is harder than you would think. So our grocery budget is getting very low and is generally just a few fresh items.

soggybottomflats said...

I am loving your blog, saving so much money at the grocery store is great! Now, my question is, what is a food club? Is that like Costco? (I don't mean to sound silly but I was just wondering.) If you do shop at Costco, what DO you buy there? It can be rather costly if you're not careful! Thank you so much. Oh, what made you do this or is this something you have always done? Have a great day, Elaine

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Jayne - so true!! Although thank goodness for generators. :)

Fiona - I can't even imagine....I would have to fight my instincts to stock up which would be so difficult!!

Elaine - thank you so much! The food clubs are exactly what you thought - Costco, BJ's, etc. I buy very little there, to be honest, because you are so right. You can sometimes get a decent deal on full cuts of meat that you'll have to cut up yourself. As far as why I am doing this challenge. Because my husband left his career to run our business full time and we are trying to continue to put all money made back into the business, that leaves us as a 1 income family. Knowing that could be challenging I wanted to figure out where I could make cuts that wouldn't effect our lifestyle too terribly much. So, I decided to set a goal and see what happened. :)