Weekly Menu: July 10th – 16th

Weekly Menus from Our Cozy Den ~ Feeding a family of 6 on under $175 a month!

Recently I did something I’ve never done before: I bought some groceries online! Here’s a little breakdown on how some of the different Amazon programs can save $$ on groceries.

Amazon:

Let me tell you about some of the different pricing options on Amazon:

Subscribe & SaveThis means that you are signing up for an automatic shipment in a few months. The good thing is that you can cancel as soon as your order ships, so you’re not obligated to stay on or purchase anything further. (I write in my date book to cancel, so I don’t forget!) For purchasing 1-4 S&S items in a calendar month, you get 5% off each item. Purchase 5 or more, and your savings jumps to 15% off. You can also stack the % off with coupons, to save big $$$!

Prime PantryWith Amazon’s new Prime Pantry (for Prime members only), you can fill a box full of discounted items, and stack these with coupons as well. It ships for $5.99 flat, no matter what you put in it, but there’s also a deal right now for free shipping with the coupon code PANTRYJUL (when you buy 5 items from a select list).

Amazon GroceryIf you don’t want to do S&S or PP, then you can make a single one-time purchase — some options still have coupons or discounts!

So here are a few items that *I* picked up this month from Amazon:

Amazon grocery deals from Our Cozy Den

I got a 6 pack of Suave Mens Shampoo — this should last us about 4 years (only my husband and oldest son use it, and boys don’t use much shampoo!). The case was on sale for $7.72 (plus tax), and my Swagbucks gift cards covered the entire cost.

{Never heard of Swagbucks? It’s like google, but you get paid to use it. You can earn extra SwagBucks by doing other things, like taking surveys and watching videos — but I don’t personally feel that it’s worth my time. I just use it for search and I earn quite a bit of FREE MONEY for it! Click here to sign up or learn more!} 

My other item was 6 boxes of granola bars (48 total bars) for $8.89 — that’s 19¢ a bar. To compare, the next cheapest I have found is Walmart’s Great Value granola bars, which are $5 for 24 bars (21¢ a bar).

Amazon was running a promotion last week: try Audible.com for FREE for 3 months and get a $10 Amazon gift card. Three free audio books and $10 free? …yes, please! That gift card covered the granola bar order.

Walmart:

I also took my regularly scheduled trip to Walmart this week (sans kids! Thank you VBS!):

Weekly Menus from Our Cozy Den ~ Feeding a family of SIX for less than $175/month!

What I got: 1 package of corn tortillas, a bag of oranges, a package of blueberries, and two loaves of bread.

Total spent: $14.15

 

Menu:

And finally, here’s our menu for the week!

As usual, 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.
  • 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), 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.

Sunday:

Lunch ~ breakfast-for-lunch: eggs, sausage, & hash browns

Dinner ~ sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey or turkey and cheese) with chips and fresh fruits and veggies

Monday:

Lunch ~ leftovers

Dinner ~ baked po-tacos (think baked potatoes with taco toppings!)

Tuesday:

Lunch ~ sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey or turkey and cheese) with chips and fresh fruits and veggies

Dinner ~ *we grabbed cheeseburgers at the drive-through, I was running late for VBS*, but we ate our own fruit and drank water, so it only cost me $4 to feed all the kids!

Wednesday:

Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit

Dinner ~ leftovers

Thursday:

Lunch ~ soup from my soup stash, with fresh fruit

Dinner ~ homemade pizza

Friday:

Lunch ~ sandwiches (peanut butter with jelly or honey or turkey and cheese) with chips and fresh fruits and veggies

Dinner ~ cheeseburger calzones

Saturday:

Lunch ~ black bean quesadillas with fruit

Dinner ~ leftovers

 

 

Click here to see the rest of my weekly menus, and stay tuned for more money-saving tips!

Have a great week!

 

2 thoughts on “Weekly Menu: July 10th – 16th

  1. Emily says:

    No offense, but you’re feeding your kids garbage. Granola bars? PB&J? Baked potato as a meal? Severe lack of protein and other essential nutrients, plus an overload of sugar. Sure, you’re saving some money, but at what cost? Please, for the sake of your kids, look up their individual nutrition needs, especially when it comes to protein.

    I really am saying this out of the goodness of my heart. I am a single mother of 3, and I live on a measly disability check every month (and no, no food stamps or child support). I know what it’s like trying to save money, bi I would never feed my kids most of these things.

    • ourcozyden says:

      I wanted to say thanks for stopping by and commenting! I feel like some of your concerns should be addressed.

      My kids eat an extremely healthy diet, more so than most people I know. The difference is that I am completely transparent on my blog with what my children eat and most moms sugar-coat it (or pretend that their kids don’t occasionally eat junk).

      I even redid the “food pyramid” (with the help of two friends of mine, a pediatrician and a nutritionist) to make it a more accurate representation of people’s dietary needs: http://ourcozyden.com/index.php/2015/06/05/encouraging-kids-to-eat-healthy/
      These charts are hanging on my refrigerator and we check them off daily to ensure my kids get a diet that is MOSTLY fruits and vegetables.

      To address the items that you specifically referenced:

      1) Granola bars: I usually make these from scratch, using whole, natural ingredients. But I bought the box from amazon for an upcoming road trip, since my homemade version needs to be refrigerated. I didn’t want them eating gas station chips and candy when we got hungry. Plus, it’s vacation.

      2) PB&J: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are actually extremely healthy. Whole grain bread, peanut butter, and low sugar homemade jelly, paired with fresh fruits and vegetables — it’s no hot dogs or boxed mac & cheese.

      3) Baked potato: You misread the post, it said baked po-TACO. It’s a potato base, with taco toppings: beef, cheese, tomato, & spinach. It is, in fact, a well-rounded meal.

      Personally, I have a disease that prevents me from eating most carbs, so I have a very protein-heavy diet. My kids eat a LOT of protein, and very little sugar.

      I know my menu for this week is fairly simplistic. If you’d look at past menus, you’d see more variety. I’ve been struggling lately with my husband being gone for military training, so I’ve been taking more shortcuts than usual. As a single mother, I’m sure you understand the struggle. But I wanted to assure you that things like fast food cheeseburgers are a rarity.

      Thanks again for stopping by! Even if you disagree with our menu choices, there are hundreds of other money-saving and budgeting tips on my blog.

      Have a blessed week!

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