Did we overspend on groceries this week? Yes. Are we finally back to normal (after losing power for 8 days earlier this month)? YES!
For the first time since the end of June, Doug and I have a full fridge and freezer AND a full week of meals (including packed dinners for Doug and portions for me on work days)!!!
Tuesday -- Baked Pork Chops w/ Cheddar Pasta and Steamed Broccoli
Wednesday -- Grilled London Broil w/ Broiled Potatoes and mixed veggies
Thursday -- Leftovers! (including baked chicken and burgers)
Friday -- Steamed Cod Packets w/ Zucchini and Alfredo Pasta
Saturday -- Sliced Steak Fajitas w/ Rice
Sunday -- Grilled Chicken w/ Sauteed Green Beans and Herbed Pasta
Monday -- Shrimp w/ Veggie-filled Rice
While there were some "expensive" items on our list this week (London Broil and Shrimp), Doug and I wait for items like this to go on sale or Manager's Special. We buy a large portion (in this case 2 lbs of shrimp and a 3 lb steak) so that it can be used in multiple meals. At the end of the day, we spent $20 on these two items, but they will easily make 4 meals (plus leftovers) for us.
If you are on a tight grocery budget (like my $40 per week limit) consider saving up some money to allow you to purchase items like this in bulk when on sale. It may cost more at the moment, but it will save time and money in the following weeks ;)