Meal Plan Monday - January 16

I spent a total of $70.61 on groceries for this week. Boneless, skinless chicken was on sale for $1.29/lb. and broccoli was just $.99/lb. at Food City. I bought a little over 8 pounds of chicken and some of it will be used for meals in a couple of weeks. Solid white tuna fish was also on sale for $.99 each and I bought three loaves of bread at the bread store for $3.09.


Bagels, bananas
Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins (with honey and applesauce/yogurt instead of butter), oranges
Homemade instant oatmeal with raisins and/or frozen blueberries


Leftover Split Pea Soup from last week
Tuna salad with lettuce, orange, carrot sticks
Turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato, orange, carrot sticks
Leftover Macaroni Salad


Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry, rice, carrot sticks
Tuna melts with tomato, salad
Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
Chicken Corn Chowder, Yogurt Biscuits
Enhanced Macaroni Salad*, leftover Yogurt Biscuits
Seasoned chicken, broccoli stuffed baked potatoes, green beans

*To make this salad a little more frugal, I use regular plain yogurt and leave out the celery. Instead of adding red peppers, I will use a green pepper that I bought on sale last week.

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How I Saved This Week

My older son brought his backpack home from school with a broken zipper.  I thought we were going to have to buy a new backpack, but I was able to fix it, and I'm hoping that he will be able to use it for the rest of the school year.

I made Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins with very ripe bananas that needed to be used up. I made a few changes to the recipe - instead of using maple syrup, I used 1/4 cup of honey. I also substituted the butter with equal parts applesauce and plain yogurt. They tasted really good and was a nice change to our breakfast menu.

I price matched at Walmart.

A few of the sale prices I found while shopping for next week's menu were boneless, skinless chicken for $1.29/lb., broccoli for $.99/lb and solid white tuna for $.99 each.

I used online bill pay to pay bills.

I made Split Pea Soup with the frozen ham bone from our Christmas ham.

We ate dinner at home every night this week and I made one meatless meal.

My husband and children borrowed books from the library.

How did you save this week?

Meal Plan Monday - January 9

This week I spent a total of $60.20 on groceries:

$40.14 at Hannaford. (Not shown are milk, bananas, and butter)

Chicken was on sale for $.99/lb. and green peppers were only $.88/lb at Food City. Total spent: $9.78.

I picked up a couple of things at Walmart and one of the boys used a coupon from his Christmas Coupon Book to choose a cereal. Total spent: $7.19.

I also brought three loaves of bread at the bread store for $3.09.

My meal plan for this week:


Cold cereal
Homemade granola
Homemade instant oatmeal with raisins and/or blueberries from the freezer


Chicken Taco Salad, cantaloupe

Oven Baked Fajitas, carrot sticks

Cornbread Chicken Casserole made with Copycat Jiffy Cornbread Muffin Mix

Vegetable Fried Rice, Yogurt Biscuits

Chicken with Sauteed Mushrooms served over rice, peas, leftover yogurt biscuits

Breakfast for dinner: Blueberry Pancakes, Meatless Hash (with green peppers), eggs

Split Pea Soup/Leftover night - I froze the ham bone from our Christmas ham to make split pea soup, but not everyone in our family likes it, so we will also have leftovers.

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How I Saved This Week

Last weekend the boys and I helped bake and serve for a community dinner and we were given some of the leftovers to take home. Some of the leftovers we ate for lunches at the beginning of the week and I made Turkey Chili for dinner on Sunday night with the leftover turkey we were given.

I bought wrapping paper at the Walmart for $.74 each and I found packages of small flutes for $.49 each in the Christmas clearance. I am really excited to be able to put the flutes in our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes this year. I think the younger children will really enjoy playing with them.

While I was at Walmart, I also found boys fleece pajama sets on sale for $2 each. I bought each of the boys a set in a bigger size and will save them for next winter.

This week I started meal planning again.

I made granola.

I bought bread at the bread store for a little over $1 each.

We've been turning the thermostat down to 62 at night to save on heating costs.

How did you save this week?

Meal Plan Monday - January 2

Happy New Year! When activities and work took over our schedule this past fall, some things I wasn't able to fit into my week, including meal planning. What better time to start again than a new year?

Since I started working outside of the home, we have been able to increase our grocery budget. I felt really guilty about this at first, but with the rising price of food, two growing boys and the need to buy more expensive low sodium or sodium free foods, I stopped feeling guilty and have even splurged once in a while!

This week I spent:

Walmart    $14.88
Hannaford $69.38
Total: $84.26

I was very happy to see boneless, skinless chicken on sale for $1.69/lb. this week, since it has been a couple of weeks since I have seen a sale. Apples, cantaloupe, grapes and red potatoes were also on sale. I bought extra unsalted chicken stock since it was on sale and I had coupons.

I buy Nature Valley granola bars because my husband likes to take a granola bar in his lunch every day and this brand has a few varieties with the least amount of saturated fat and sodium, but they aren't cheap! I was able to price-match at Walmart and use a coupon to get them for $2 each. Chex cereal was also on sale and I used a coupon and paid $2 each.

My meal plan for this week is below. You will notice that some of the ingredients aren't in my grocery shopping picture because I already had them on hand.


Cold cereal w/oranges leftover from last week, cantaloupe and/or bananas
Homemade granola
Homemade instant oatmeal w/blueberries from the freezer

*One of our Christmas gifts this year included baking supplies and lots of nuts that I will use to make granola. My father-in-law and his wife give this to us every year for Christmas, and since nuts are so expensive and something that I don't buy very often, this is one of my favorite gifts!


The boys: school lunch or home lunch: sandwich, grapes and trail mix and/or goldfish
Me: leftovers or snack-type lunch: crackers with peanut butter or cottage cheese, fruit, carrot sticks
Hubby: My husband takes the same thing to work every. single. day. - sandwich, granola bar, crackers, carrot sticks, fruit and yogurt


Chicken Caesar Wraps, carrot sticks
Tuna Noodle Casserole, salad
"Best Ever" Chicken Nuggets, mashed potato, peas
Chicken Corn Chowder, cornbread muffins
Chicken Noodle Soup, leftover cornbread muffins

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