The Case of The $8 Veggie Tray

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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.

Anyway, for those of you who don’t want to hear The Saga of My Grocery Shopping Experience every week, here’s what we’re having for dinner this week. Click the icon for more great menu plans today!

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!

Publix ($8.36)
Kashi frozen meal (free with coupon from, 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)

Kroger (37.46)
Veggie tray
chuck steak (1.83 manager’s special)
Anjou pears
1/2 gallon milk
frozen veggie mix
Jell-o pudding
Dannon yogurt 6-pk
1 can crushed tomatoes
wheat bread
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
crushed pineapple
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.

Oh well.

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