How I Cut Our Grocery Budget In Half + A Yummy New Recipe

To be fair, I’ve really only tried this new system for one week, but this week, I did cut our grocery budget in half.  Here’s how:

We were running to the grocery store or stopping by it on the way home from work about four times a week.  It was bordering on crazy- no one wants to go to the grocery store that often.  And, with no plan for our food, we were out of things all the time, which meant that at least one extra time a week, I’d tell Nathan just to go out for lunch because I’d open the fridge and we’d be out of bread or deli meat or some other crucial lunch ingredient.  We used to be better about meal planning, but since we moved into our house in June, our “normal” fell apart.

So I went back to our old system of planning every meal for the week, and shopping accordingly.  This is what I used back when we lived in our apartment (the first year we were married), and at that time we were consistently spending about $50.00 a week.

Yesterday, I sat down and made our meal plan for the week.  While I kept an eye on the price to make different meals, I wasn’t necessarily looking for the very cheapest meals I could make.

Monday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Roast in Crockpot, Spinach Salad, Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips

Tuesday:

 Breakfast: Oatmeal or Scrambled Eggs, Grapefruit

 Lunch: Chicken Soup & Grapefruit (Leah), PB&J, Carrot Chips & Orange(Nathan)

 Dinner:  Tacos

Wednesday:

 Breakfast: Oatmeal/Scrambled Eggs, Grapefruit

 Lunch: Tacos, Oranges

 Dinner: Leftovers from Monday night

Thursday:

 Breakfast: Waffle with Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup

 Lunch: PB&J, Carrot Chips & Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Dinner: Chef Salads

Friday:

 Breakfast: Oatmeal/Scrambled Eggs, Grapefruit

 Lunch: Lunch Out (Nathan), PB&J, Leah

 Dinner: Out

Saturday:

 Breakfast: Shepherders Breakfast

 Lunch: Leftovers

 Dinner: Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Sunday:

 Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito (Egg, Cheese, Tomato & Pepper in Tortilla)

 Small Group Snacks:  Popcorn, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Carrot Chips/Ranch

You might notice I skipped Sunday lunch and supper.  Typically, we have lunch at one of our mom’s houses.  Dinner on Sundays is usually something light, especially since we have snacks afterwards with our small group.

We get our meat once a year from my Dad, who raises Angus cattle.  The only meat I bought for this week was a package of turkey bacon for the Shepherders Breakfast (Hashbrowns, bacon and eggs), and a very small ham for the chef salads.  I didn’t have to buy grapefruit either…we have about 100 grapefruits because an older couple at our church found out that I love grapefruit, and they brought me back a TON from their trip to Texas.

Still, I bought the typical amount of groceries that Nathan and I would need for a week, and instead of spending about $100.00, our bill yesterday came in at just $47.88!  All it took to make this change was a plan.  Dave Ramsey would be proud!

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Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips

My students are on spring break this week, so I’m working only about half of what I usually do.  That’s why you might actually see a decent number of blog posts this week!  Anyway, I’ve decided to make some of the things I pin on Pinterest this week, since I have extra time.  Last night’s thing was Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips, and they’re definitely going to be made again!

I started by cutting 3 medium potatoes in 1/4 inch slices.  Then, I boiled them in lightly salted water for 5-7 minutes.

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I sprayed a baking pan with PAM Olive Oil spray.

Then, I put my potatoes (water drained, and patted dry) on the baking sheet.  I covered them with another thin layer of PAM Olive Oil spray.

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I ground some pepper on them, but skipped salting them since I figured bacon and cheese would make them salty enough.

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I sprinkled each potato with some Real Bacon Bits, and a pinch of cheddar cheese.

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They went into a 375 degree oven for about 5 minutes.

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(Photo from Vittles and Bits)

The recipe called for dipping them in a chipotle ranch sauce, but I was in a hurry, so we just dipped them in a little bit of ranch dressing.  Yum!  I’m definitely making these again!

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2 thoughts on “How I Cut Our Grocery Budget In Half + A Yummy New Recipe

  1. I can totally see how planning out the weeks meals would save you money. Me and my boyfriend have been stopping at the grocery store like 3 times a week after work lately. It is insane like you said! Thanks for reminding me that a little planning will go a long way! 🙂

  2. My husband and I subscribe to a service called Emeals. For $5 a month you can download a week’s worth of recipes & a shopping list that can even be tailored by the store you shop at. We’ve been using it for a few years now and it saves so much time. We don’t love all the recipes, but we clip out our favorites to substitute when there’s a meal that doesn’t float our boat.

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