Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Last Week's Grocery Wrap Up and Our Weekly Menu

I just have one more week for my $75 a week October grocery challenge.  So far, so good!  I shared in this post how I spent $20 at three stores, leaving me with just over $55 for the rest of the week.  I finished the week a quick trip to another four stores.

2 Stores: Chicken and Milk

The meat-eaters voted to get the $.88 a pound chicken breasts at HyVee and spent $4.50.  

We also bought a gallon of milk at Aldi for $.98.  

Big Lots

 We then headed to Big Lots with my $5 off $15 coupon.  You earn one of these coupons by using your Big Rewards Card for three purchases.  Then, Big Lots sends you an e-mail shout out that you have earned a special coupon.  You must download the coupon and take it to the store. 

My Big Lots $5/$15 Strategy:

In order to maximize the discount percentage, I use a calculator and try to get my pre-tax total at exactly $15 or as close to $15 as I can get it.  This means I am saving 33% on each item that I buy! Your total will need to be at least $15 before tax is added.    

I decided to stock up mainly on personal care items. 

 15 rolls of toilet paper
1 bottle of Suave Shampoo
2 small bottles of chili powder.

Big Lots has a nice array of spices!  This chili powder is incredibly low in sodium - just 10 mg per 1/4 tsp. serving.  That's lower than any of the other brands that I have found! It's tasty, too! 

What I paid:

My Pre-tax total:  $15.50.  
After the $5 off coupon:  I paid just $11.33!


 What I got:  

The remainder of this week's grocery money went to a few basic items that we had run out of.  

Real maple syrup

What I spent:  $25.63

What I spent altogether this week:  

$62.07!  I had $12.93 leftover from my allotted $75 budget!  

So, what did we eat?

 Here are photos and a run down of our weekly menu:


cream of wheat - 3X
steel cut oats  with berries, raisins, and nuts- 3X
Leftovers - 1X


Lentil Soup
Split Pea Soup - 2X
Black bean soup - 2X
Lentil soup - 1X
Salad and sandwich - 1X

Split Pea Soup

Black Bean Soup


 That huge bag of pea pods that I got on markdown last week at Kroger, made an appearance in several supper dishes this week:  pea pod gravy, for baked potatoes sauteed pea pods with lemon, stir fry over quinoa, and son #3 begged me for a big handful just to eat raw because he loves them! 

Roll ups, quinoa salad, roasted squash, and fruit salad.  The meat-eaters filled their tortilla with roasted chicken and cheese.  The rest of us filled ours with some of the hummus that I got on clearance earlier in the week at Kroger and some sauteed pea pods with garlic, onion, red pepper, and lemon.  Yum!

      Stir fry vegetables with quinoa    

Baked potato with creamy pea pod gravy.  It looks like cheese sauce, doesn't it?  But, it contains no dairy at all! 

Spaghetti squash fritters, breaded-baked zucchini rounds, sauteed pea pods with onion, garlic, red pepper, and lemon.
Here's a link to my spaghetti squash fritter recipe.   

Creamy Spaghetti squash casserole and sweet potato.  Click here for the casserole recipe

Stay tuned!

We'll finish up the last few days of October and see if I am able to stay within my $300 total for the month.  

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