Frugal Foodie Mama: My $15 Seven Day Grocery Budget Challenge: Weekend Update & The Trip to the Grocery Store

Monday, May 21, 2012

My $15 Seven Day Grocery Budget Challenge: Weekend Update & The Trip to the Grocery Store

After raiding the pantry & freezer, I found I already had everything on hand to make my first two dinners.  Soooooo... I was able to wait until Sunday to do the actual grocery shopping.  
Friday evening we had Crock Pot Chicken Mole- Martha Stewart's Recipe.  As I mentioned in my previous post, this was a dinner that was leftover from my menu for the week before so I already had everything to make this.  Saturday, I made homemade meat pasta sauce, angel hair pasta, and toasted garlic bread.  Again, this was a meal I threw together based on what was already in my pantry and freezer.  I will be posting my recipe for Easy One Pot Pasta Sauce later on this week. ;)  Sunday, we were invited to dinner at my parents' house so I was able to plan for one less meal this week.  

Now for the good part.  Sunday was the day of truth.  The day of my grocery shopping trip.  Did I make it under $15??

Yes!  My grocery bill came in at $10.99!  $4.01 under my budget!  But please note that most of that $4.01 will be spent this afternoon when I return to the grocery store to pick up a carton of milk.  (Note to self- Never trust the 13 year old son when he says that we have plenty of milk still.) ;)

Here is what was on my list:
Mostly all fresh produce- an onion, a head of garlic, fresh corn on the cob, celery, carrots, eggs, Ranch dressing (my husband is an addict & we were almost out), and though not necessary, a carton of ice cream. :)  I did buy 2 bottles of Ranch dressing because they were on sale 3/$5 and I had a coupon for $1 off any 2 bottles- the cost per bottle of dressing came to $1.16! 

So far so good for my challenge.  I still have 5 more days to go.  Be looking for my next update!