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aka: Why I went over my budget even though I barely bought any meat. And had only spent $30 an hour into my shopping trip and had everything I needed.
Monday: Sweet Potato Hash with toast
Tuesday: Strawberry-Balsamic Chicken, brown rice, extra strawberries
Wednesday: Taco salad at church
Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots
Friday: Grilled Chicken Pasta Alfredo
Saturday: Potato Soup, homemade bread
Sunday: Easter dinner (we’re providing ham and dessert and having 6 friends join us! I haven’t shopped for this yet and didn’t include it in my budget anyway.)
So, the veggie tray. I think I got a little excited because I did SO well at Publix this week and then got most of what I needed at Kroger and still had (I thought) $10 left to spend. I think I started throwing stuff in my cart a little too quickly, including an $8 veggie tray. Now, we do need to eat more vegetables and this is a good way to do so. But I could have made a tray myself for less. But, what’s done is done. Here’s what I got this week!
Kashi frozen meal (free with coupon from kashi.com, I don’t think they’re offering it anymore)
Breyer’s ice cream (1/2 off + coupon = 1.75)
Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta ($1 off coupon)
Emerald chocolate almonds (1/2 off + coupon = 1.90)
Trop50 orange juice (1/2 off + coupon = .90)
Ragu alfredo sauce (1/2 off + coupon = .26)
1 sweet potato
Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage
loaf white bread (penny item)
chuck steak (1.83 manager’s special)
1/2 gallon milk
frozen veggie mix
Dannon yogurt 6-pk
1 can crushed tomatoes
2 boxes Wheat Thins (B1G1 + coupon = $1 for both)
3 bags shredded cheese
deli ham slices
deli cheese slices
salsa (.88 manager’s special)
frozen stir-fry blend
5-lb bag potatoes
$45.82 before tax. In other words, had I passed up the veggie tray, I would have been good and under my $40 a week goal.