I can’t believe October is almost over! I’m loving all the great stuff going on around town, because we are getting to enjoy a lot of fun and also eat a LOT of free meals — which is great for the budget! (That was one of my tips in this post about how to save even more on dinner!) I even splurged this week and bought some bagged crispy chicken strips, which are usually in my NO WAY price range, but because we’ve been saving so much lately I went for it!
Let’s look at this week’s menu!
Again, a few notes before we get started:
- Breakfast is not included in the menu, because in our house it is fend-for-yourself. But it is included in my budget and shopping. We pretty much eat oatmeal & eggs every day, with the occasional variance.
- I recently did a post about my large once-a-month pantry shop. I try to plan most of my menu to use what we already have on hand in the pantry and freezer. Bulk buying = BIG savings!
- Snacks are also not on the menu, but my kids do get a snack each afternoon around 4 pm. Their choices are veggies (usually carrots and celery from my garden), fruit (I always have on hand a selection of oranges, bananas, apples, pineapple, berries, etc.), hard-boiled eggs, cheddar cheese sticks, yogurt, and granola bars.
Here’s what we are eating this week:
Lunch ~ sandwiches
Dinner ~ leftovers (I try really hard not to cook on Sundays!)
Lunch ~ FREE pizza! We are frequent library-goers, and a lot of their door prizes are free food. We ended up winning 5 free pizzas, and we used 3 of them today!
Dinner ~ chicken broccoli alfredo, made with spaghetti squash
Lunch ~ vegetable soup with crackers and homemade yogurt
Dinner ~ free dinner at my husband’s school
Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit
Dinner ~ cheeseburger calzones (a cheaper way to eat cheeseburgers! I’ll share the recipe soon!)
Lunch ~ sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey, or turkey and cheese) with fresh fruits and veggies
Dinner ~ taco casserole
Lunch ~ Field Trip Friday – we are eating lunch while we are out.
Dinner ~ crockpot chicken enchilada casserole
Lunch ~ leftovers
Dinner ~ free dinner at a local festival (It’s Halloween, which we don’t celebrate, but there are literally dozens of churches in my town alone holding Fall Fests this night, which often include free food! Search for them on Facebook like my instructions in this post.)
What I spent this week:
Like I said before – most of my groceries come from my big pantry shops at GFS. Here is my receipt from Walmart this week:
The total amount I spent this week was $17.95.
So here are my grocery totals from all of my October shopping:
October 4th-10th: $26.08
October 11th-17th (plus bulk shopping): $100.88
October 18th-24th: $25.21
October 25th-31st: $17.95
Grand Total spent in October: $170.12!