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Best Way to Spend Less Than $100 a Week on Groceries

January 18th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

The first thing you need to do to plan your weekly meals is get out the sales fliers for your local food chain. So this is my grocery list for the week based on current sales and a family of three:

3-4 lb. Beef Shoulder Roast
5-6 lb. Roasting Chicken
4-5 lb. Ham, Butt Portion
1 10 lb. bag of potatos
1 Large bag of baby carrots
1 box white rice
1 bag of dried green peas
10 cans of veggies
Loaf of Bread
Bagels
2 Freacetta 4 Cheese Pizzas
1 c. pineapple slices
1 bag brown sugar
1 lb. of cream cheese
1 Dozen Eggs
1 lb. butter
1 bunch Banana's
1 bag of apples
Coffee
Creamer
1 Gallon Milk
Box of Cereal
Sliced Cheese
Rolls in a bag - keep refrigerated to preserve.

For simplicity sake we will assume that you can have eggs, bagels, toast or cereal for breakfast and fruit along with your coffee.

For lunches you can have leftovers to make a sandwich or just eat leftovers and add some fruit. My husband always takes leftovers to work with him so he doesn't have to spend money on the road and he has a microwave at work. I work at home so I eat leftovers as well. My son eats school lunch.

Dinners:

Day 1 - Beef Roast, Potatoes & Carrots

Wash and scrub 6-8 medium potatoes and put them in the bottom of a crock pot, put in desired amount of bagged carrots, wash your beef roast, salt and pepper and put on top of veggies in crock pot, pour one cup of water in the crock pot. Put on the lid and turn up to high for about two hours then turn down to low-med for the additional six hours. It is delicious and you will be able to cut it with a fork. Save all the juices from the crock pot and put them in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
(You can make small slits with a knive in the roast before cooking and add small cloves of garlic to enhance flavor).

Day 2 - Beef Stew & Rolls

Cube up remaining beef, potatoes and carrots. Take the juice you saved from the refrigerator, skim off the fat, put the juice and the cubed veggies and meat into the crock pot, add a can of cubed tomotoe pieces. Add an additional four cups of water and spices to taste; I usually add some basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and a little red pepper. Turn crock pot to high until it begins to boil and then turn down to med for about an hour. Makes a hearty meal if served with rolls. (I sometimes add 1/2 cup barley and a cup of sliced mushrooms to this stew).

Day 3 - Roast Chicken, Baked Pototoes
& Green Beans

Turn on oven to 350 degrees, plan on 20 minutes per pound. Wash and prepare your chicken in a roasting pan. Salt and pepper the chicken, add a 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pan, put cover on and start baking. Wash and stab a few potatoes and place them in the oven about an hour before your chicken is done.

Open a can of green beans, put in microwavable dish and warm for about two minutes in the microwave add butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Day 4 - Chicken Rice Soup & Rolls

Boil your remaining chicken from the day before in about six cups of water, until the meat falls off the bone.
Using a colander placed in a another cooking pot, pour contents of boiled chicken into the colander. Put the broth into a crock pot, let the chicken in the colander cool then sort through it and put what meat you choose into your broth in the crock pot. Add a can of corn, can of green beans, can of cubed tomatoes and 1/2 cup white long grain rice add spices to taste (I usually add some salt, pepper, basil, poultry seasoning and garlic powder), turn crock pot onto high until it begins to boil, then turn down to med for an additional hour. Serve with rolls.

Day 5 - Ham Roast, Rice & Corn

Turn oven on at 350 degrees, plan on 15 minutes per pound if it's a precooked ham.

Put Ham in Roasting Pan, add 1/2 c. water to bottom of pan. With toothpicks, put pineapple slices on the ham and save the juice. Cover and put in the oven. When there is only a half hour left take juice from pineapple, add 1/4 cup brown sugar and 2 T flour, stir well and cook on the stove until it thickens, take your ham out of the oven, and spoon the mixture over the ham and put back in the oven to cook for the remaining half hour.

While the ham is cooking, put two cups of water in a large baking dish with 1 cup of rice and 2 T. butter. Put in the microwave for 15 minutes. Make sure the pan is high enough so the rice won't boil over into your microwave.

Open canned corn and warm in microwave in a microwave dish for two minutes and butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Day 6 - Friday Night is Pizza Night

Cook two Pizzas in the oven - I like to add sliced mushrooms, black olives and onion to my pizza. You can add whatever you like - maybe ham and pineapple from the night before (save out a couple of slices of pineapple and slice ham thinly).

Day 7 - Pea Soup and Rolls

Prepare your dried green peas per package directions, cube up a cup of ham, cube up some baby carrots, add an onion (optional) - simmer until done and serve with rolls & Butter.

There are always lots of leftovers at our house so there is plenty of food. A larger family would obviously have to increase the amount I prepare.

I go through the sales flyers weekly and take advantage of all the buy one; get one free sales that my family eat. Many times, beef, pork, chicken, ham, bread, bagels, butter, juice, and etc are buy one; get one free. I freeze the extra items. I buy canned veggies, chopped tomatoes and puree when it's on sale at the price of 10 cans for $10.00. I buy rice in a four pound bag for $4.49 and store it in a plastic container for easy access. Potatoes are constantly on sale here with the buy one; get one bag free. The list goes on and if you are vigilant and use coupons, the savings is even higher.

It is worth the investment to buy a small chest freezer, I bought one at Home Depot for $165.00, I've noticed them at the same price at Walmart. Also, regarding paper products, laundry supplies and cleaning products, I usually watch flyers for Walmart and buy them in bulk when they are on sale.

7 Responses to “Best Way to Spend Less Than $100 a Week on Groceries”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Cooking is one of those areas I am just starting to learn. I hope to learn much more in the times ahead. They are already saving me money. So, please keep posting those cooking tips, ladies! Big Grin

  2. fern Says:

  3. Amanda Says:

    Wow! That is really helpful for me!

    It's just Julie and I, and it's nice to have leftovers. I freeze them and either take them to work, or eat them later in the month.

    When I move into the apartment, I am curious to know if I will have room for a small freezer. I hope so. I used to be able to spend about $150 a month on groceries for the two of us, but it is starting to creep up to $200/month.

  4. Richard M Says:

    Why the salt in all the recipes? I am told by my doctor to cut out salt to reduce the high blood pressure. Salt cannot be taken out of store bought processed food, so why add it to homemade dishes?

  5. g. godin Says:

    What I find is that actual food is not the issue in my grocery bill. Non-edible groceries are what cost us (razor blades, shampoo, detergent, etc.) Am I the only person who includes this in my costs for groceries?

  6. Danielle Haight Says:

    For g. godin, go to the flea market or the dollar store for expensive non-food items...maybe walmart. I like the grocery outlets too.

  7. frenchbread Says:

    I buy bulk when I can - no not costco - never buy baby carrots, they are stupid and overpriced.
    Buy bulk carrots and wash yourself. Buy rice in bulk and not in a box and not instant!
    Can your own veggies, or buy frozen.

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