Grocery Spendings (as it relates to my Meal Plan)

I was at Food Basics today and spent 108.09 and Sobey’s I spent 18.11.

On Friday at Costco I spent $19.68 and Walmart was $26.54. Here’s the breakdown.


Sole Filets, 30 in a package – 16.99 – 5.00 = 11.99 (For Monday 5 and Tuesday 13)
Yoplait Tubes, 3 boxes – 7.69 (For School Lunches)


Coffee (K Cups), 2 boxes – 11.77 * 2 = 23.54
Soup, 6 cans – .50 * 6 = 3.00 (Lunches)


Sour Cream – 1.99
Bacon – 2 for 7.00
Lean Ground Beef (5.5 lbs @ 2.49 lb) = $14.12 (

Food Basics

Cream – 2.49 (Coffee)
French Fries – 2 for 3.00 (Lunches/Supper)
Bread – 2 @ 1.88 = 3.76 (Lunches)
No Name Margarine – 1.99 (Baking)
Apple Juice Bottles – 1.99 (Lunches)
Marshmallows – 2.29 (Baking, Rice Krispies Squares)
Milk – 4.47
Canned Diced Tomatoes 2 @ 1.00 = 2.00
Frozen Juice – 4 @ .69 = 2.76
Canned Vegetables – 4 @ .89 = 2.56
Canned Pineapples – 1.19
Fish Sauce – .99 (Recipe)
Cereal – 2 @ 1.99 + 3.00 + 3.99 = 10.97
A Handful of Spices – Not expensive for what I got
Coconut Extract – 2.39 (Recipe)
Mayo – 2.99
A Whole Bunch of Fruits and Vegetables (All on sale)
Chocolate Chips – 5.99 (Baking tomorrow!)
Coleslaw – 1.50
Chicken Drumsticks (Club Pack) x 2 = 13.10 (Most of my 2 week recipes, a whole package left over)
Chicken Thighs (Club Pack) x 2 = 10.43 (All of my 2 week recipes)

I don’t think I forgot anything but I should be good for then next two weeks except few fruits and veg, milk and eggs.


Grocery and Meal Plan

I’ve spent the morning working on a TWO week meal plan. Since in 2 weeks it’s March Break, I’ll only be working 1 shift. Next week I’m working 3 days plus my weekend. I give myself $230-250 for 2 weeks of groceries and I spent $46 in groceries and $10 in household.

Here’s the plan.

Saturday (tonite) – Fried Chicken and Coleslaw –  made this before. Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks are on sale at Food Basics 1.88 lb (I’m picking up 3 meals worth of each); Dole Salad Bags are on sale as well for 1.97.

Sunday – Roast Beef, Potatoes and Vegetables

Monday – Fish (Cod/Salmon), Rice and Vegetables

Tuesday – Whole Chicken, Potatoes and Vegetables

Wednesday – Mexican Cornbread Casserole and Salad. Ground beef is on sale at $2.49 lb at Sobeys

Thursday – Lasagna, Salad and Garlic Bread

Friday – Wings and Pizza


Saturday – Chicken Fingers, Pasta and Raw Vegetables

Sunday – Meatloaf and Potatoes

Monday – Peanut Satay with Couscous

Tuesday – Cod Fritters and Salad (looked great on the episode)

Wednesday – Butter Chicken, Rice and Vegetables

Thursday – Slow Cooker Ribs and Rice

Friday – Chili and Cornbread

Saturday – Fried Chicken and Coleslaw (same as tonite!)

Now how ambitious am I?! I have my grocery list done, which I’ll post later but alot of the major items are already in my freezer and cupboards and/or I found on sale this week and I’ll stock some for next week to reduce next weeks groceries.

Menu Planning Ideas? Cooking from Scratch?

Looking for some menu plans where you can pick and choose what you’d like to do? Are you looking for a more natural whole food approach or something traditional? Or maybe you are on a special diet?

Check out Once a Mom’s website.

Initially I was thinking of doing once a month cooking and I realized that wasn’t the way I wanted to go. But maybe you’d be interested in freezer cooking?  Tricia provides menus and printable grocery lists and recipe cards.

She’s also on Pinterest.

It’s worth checking out here site.

The Weekend…

So I have yet to complete the “Dreaded Challenge“…I’ve been busy and yeah procrastinating because it’s that dreaded for me. The week wasn’t a total write off but I worked 2 days last week and then I had accomplished making yogurt and cooked a ham and also Pea Soup came out of that.  So it’s my weekend to work and I had to book off tomorrow because I have my daughter at a hockey game (Dad’s the coach) and my son has a Music Festival for school and someone has to drive him. I managed to pick up Monday as an extra day that replaces Sunday. And I can’t forget to register my daughter for Lacrosse as I totally forgot to give my husband a cheque 2 weeks ago for it and then he forgot registration totally.

Found a totally awesome blog with some meal planning ideas. Cleared out my paypal account and bought the ebook. Plan in, Don’t Panic…it shows you different ways to create a meal plan and has some great printouts and a 4 week food plan. The thing I really like was finding a theme for each day of the week, like Mondays could be chicken days or Sundays could be Crockpot night. Also meal planning methods such as the two week method which requires a big 1st week shopping trip and nothing for the 2nd week also Once a Month method which is basically the freezer methody. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Tomorrow’s plan:

  • Menu Plan
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Dreaded Challenge
  • Finish up the cross stitch angel

Have a blessed night!

Week 1 – Survival, Spending and Moving Into Week 2

So I had to go to my financial advisor today so I when through all my spending to show him how we’ve been doing, considering the ups and downs of the past 2 months.

Here’s a nice breakdown:

January 22-January 31

Overall Spending $504; this included: gas, groceries, dining out, gifts, and that damn MISC category….

February 1-7

Overall Spending $337; does not include dining out or misc and we had to buy a new hockey blade for my husband $75 later…not bad, huh?!

Generally we have about $1000 to use in a month to pay out all our non fixed expenses after bills. Everything that I listed above. A new financial challenge added to the already added in $350 towards retirement will be an extra $100 towards the kids education fund. It’s a bit never racking as it lower the available cash to “live” beyond having our monthly bills paid but if we keep on track with no eating out and no big spending, I’m pretty certain we can do it…plus we can lower the monthly retirement if we need to. Husband sounds a bit unsure when I let him know but I have the big picture written down so I’m sure it will make more sense on paper.

I’d love to make a saving goal outside of this but right now it’s a dream…if I can throw an extra $30 a month to the side toward Christmas savings then that will be my goal beyond our overall Finance goals.

Week 1 went off with a great start! Week 2 also started and finished on Wednesday with the Bathroom and the clean and reorg of the Kitchen….I might have shot high with the main living/dining area but I think once I “move” the “to be sorted” piles it will seem better.

I’m very busy this coming week. I have work all weekend, plus Tuesday and Thursday. I’ve started my meal planning as my grocery shopping will be Saturday on my way home for work. I am trying to buy as little as possible this week.

Meal Plan for Next Week, so far is:

Sunday – Pizza, Wings and Salad (was suppose to have last week and didn’t)

Monday – Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday – Sausages, Rice?! Veg?

Wednesday – Cannelloni, Garlic Rolls, Salad

Thursday, Friday, Saturday – TBA

I’m going to follow Carla’s dough recipe and instead of bread make rolls, I think that should work…Carla?! Cannelloni is definitely NOT homemade, it’s one of those quick and easy, stick it in the oven meals…sometimes we just have to.

I’ve started my shopping list since flyers arrived and see where I go from here.

Have a great one!