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Our $40 menu this week

You can see the groceries we bought this week here for $38. Of course, we're not just using those to make the following meals; many of the ingredients are coming from things we already had in our cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer.

The beauty of bargain-shopping is that stocking up on sales enables you to have a variety of ingredients at your fingertips at all times. With our move and my break from shopping while in my first trimester, our stock was somewhat diminished. However, I'm hoping to quickly replenish it all the while sticking to our grocery budget. Follow along with my shopping trips over the next few weeks to see if I'm able to do that!

Whole wheat waffles (From the freezer–I made a batch of these during breakfast one morning and froze them.), homemade yogurt, grapefruit
Whole wheat toast, scrambled eggs, apple juice
Homemade granola over homemade yogurt with strawberries
Whole wheat pancakes (from the freezer), yogurt, orange juice
Cold cereal, apple juice
Banana muffins (from the freezer), yogurt, strawberries
Fruit smoothies, whole wheat toast

Mixed green salad with hard-boiled eggs and shredded cheese
Beans and rice with cheese, steamed veggies
PB&J on whole wheat, carrot sticks
Baked potatoes with cheese and broccoli
Egg salad sandwiches on whole wheat, apples
Soup in the crock pot, mixed green salad, whole wheat bread

Lasagna, steamed veggies, whole wheat bread
Snack foods (We're going to an election watch party where food will be served so I'm just feeding the girls some snackie foods before we go to tide them over.)
Taco pie, steamed veggies, grapefruit
Goulash, steamed veggies, whole wheat bread
Meatloaf, cooked carrots, baked potatoes
Dinner out
Leftover (Sunday night)

Yogurt with fruit
Banana muffins
Carrot sticks

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  • kim says:

    do you know that i think your blog is simply wonderful??!!!
    well you do now!! 🙂
    omg!! i love the posts!!

    i do have a question. on your posts for the deals from walmart. is there any way to copy them or something without having to download the printer info? i am asking because sometimes i am at the library and i cant have all that extra stuff on their comps. i keep thinking when i get a script to run or save the alarms are going to go off that i did something wrong. lol

  • Lisa Poirier says:

    I’m sure you will stay within budget. You are very inspiring. Good luck!

  • Dona says:

    Taco pie sounds yummy…could you share your receipe. I googled and found quite a bit…was curious how you make yours.

  • Valerie White says:

    If you don’t mind, would you tell me how you make your beans and rice. Is it just plain brown rice and plain beans (red beans or great white northern or what?). Do you add any seasonings? I would love to find a way to do beans and rice that everyone really likes — it’s so cheap! TIA!

  • Liz says:

    Do you find that making your own yogurt saves you money? I’ve made homemade yogurt before, but when I cost it out, it doesn’t seem to save me money over buying the large container of the store brand (Hannaford’s, which is one of the best plain yogurts I’ve tasted). I’ve tried making yogurt with dry powdered milk, but it tasted very chalky.

  • Carolyn says:

    I was wondering….does your husband come home for lunch or does he pack the same thing or something different what you and the girls eat?

  • Kimberly says:

    I was wondering how you make your Goulash you mentioned you were having for supper one night? I would love to make it, I just didn’t really know what was in it.
    Thanks Kimberly Crowder

  • I don’t always leave comments, but I am ever blessed and encouraged by the tips you share. Thank you.


  • Angela says:

    I would love to see your recipe for taco pie…any chance you would consider posting it?

  • Ryan says:

    Taco pie recipe please!?

  • I love this website, I’m so glad I found it! I put your link on my blog. I am always looking for ways to make the most of my grocery money and am so inspired by you. I’d love to see the Taco Pie recipe also-I have one and wonder if it’s different then mine.

  • christy says:


    How can I find some recipes for waffles, muffins, pancakes, banana bread, etc. that don’t have lots of sugar? I want to make healthy things for my family!

    And also, could you share your taco pie recipe? Pretty please??!! =)

    Thank you.

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