eating for $30 this week

i'm posting this to remind myself that we can do this when we need to.  we don't normally eat this cheaply each week.

It's been a bad couple of months for sticking to the grocery budget.  Morning sickness=lots of trips to the store for what sounds good in the moment and super convenient food for the little guy.  Since I'm finally starting to feel better, I really wanted to get back on the budget bandwagon this month, so I was good and took out our cash at the beginning of the month.  And then somehow spent most of it in the first week.   Ooops.

So going into this last week ( I shop wednesdays to wednesdays), I only had about $35 to spend.  I thought for sure there was no way I could do it since a typical grocery trip has been running me $80-100 a week.

But using all of my good grocery shopping tips, like shopping the pantry first, looking at the sales and using coupons, I was able to do it.  It did involve trips to 3 different stores today, which I don't normally do.  So here's what we're eating this week and what I had to buy.

Breakfasts- yogurt, cereal (what's left in pantry), eggs, smoothies
Lunches-pb&j, turkey (leftover from last week), leftovers, cheese & crackers

Oatmeal Quinoa Breakfast Bake
Chicken Satay Noodle Salad
Shrimp Scampi, Parmesan Orzo
Bean, Rice & Corn Stuffed Red Peppers
Fried Egg Sandwiches
Turkey Tacos
Polenta with Spinach and Poached Eggs

What I had in the Pantry/Freezer:
Ground Turkey
Taco Shells, Cheese, Seasoning
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Frozen Fruit
Hudson snacks (graham crackers, fruit snacks, etc)

What I Bought @ Sunflower:
2 Limes   .40
1 Big Yougurt  2.00
2 Blueberries 2.50
6 Red Peppers 2.00
3 Corn  1.50
Bananas  1.36
Green Onion .50
1 Chx Breast  2.06
Total: 12.12

What I Bought @ Albertsons:
Bread  1.88
2 Strawberries  3.00
2 Spinach  3.00
Total: 7.88

What I Bought @ King Soopers:
Cheese   1.25
Gallon Whole Milk  1.49
2 Doz Eggs   1.76
6 Greek Yogurts 3.00
2 Lays Stax (for camping trip) 1.00
Orzo Pasta  1.38
Total: 10.33

I think my favorite part is that there is so much fresh produce included.  Hurray for summer!

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