January 09, 2012

Planned Meals + Shopping Deals = $$$ In The Bank

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It's Bargain Monday!!!

I just returned home a little while ago from the grocery store for my weekly food shopping and I had a moment that HAD to be shared with you all. After last night's horrific trip to the grocery store in which company was coming over in less than a half hour, I misplaced my credit card at the check-out {embarrassing}, and then driving home my car got egged... it was a rough start to this week to say the least.

So, when I left for the grocery store after work all I knew was that we're eating healthy and weeknight dinners needed to have lean meats and lots of veggies so that would be 90% of my grocery list. Well, when I tell you I came home with 5 full dinner menu's and my grocery bill was just $58.79... I was leaping with excitement. 

Only $58.79!!!!

That's around $11.75 a meal, or about $2.90 per person for dinner.

What did I get? More than you would think....

Dairy
Original Almond Milk
Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
1 bag freshly grated parmesan cheese
4 oz Goat Cheese

Meat
1.70 lb Lean Ground Turkey
1/2 lb All Natural Chicken Thighs (veg diet)
1/2 lb All Natural Chicken Drums (veg diet)

Seafood
0.80 lb Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia Fillets
0.80 lb Wild Lemon Sole Fillets
0.78 lb Tilapia Fillets
3 oz Nova Smoked Salmon

Produce
2 Yellow Squash
2 Zucchini Squash
2 Russet Potatoes
1 lb Shallots
1 lg Purple Eggplant
1 1/2 lb Broccoli Crowns
1 16oz pkg arugala lettuce

All this for only $58.79. I am so impressed, plus now I have the whole week planned out. Tonight we had the Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia with a crushed tomato topping and a side of steamed broccoli with parmesan. Delicious, light and right on budget. 

Later this week I plan on making a lean TurkeyLoaf, some sole, an eggplant and potato bake and a delicious marinated grilled chicken. One stop shopping, all lean meats and healthy veggies... I just had to share all of this with you all because with my new culinary resolutions for 2012, I am off to a good start. 

A couple of things I have learned is that if you prepare what you are going to eat, even as simple as breakfast or snacks, you tend to make healthier choices instead of jumping at the snickers bar because 3pm at work hit you and you have a sugar craving. Having smart choices around rather than last minute junk pushes you to make healthier choices more easily. Preparing menus and food choices also cuts down on time. The more you plan your dinners and lunches, the less food store stops you have to make. To top everything off, if you plan to buy for the week, a healthy week, and you truly "shop around" you will be able to find pretty good deals on wild fish, all natural and organic meats and poultry and you can get more for your money. Read labels, check prices and look at the deals for the week, you may be surprised how well you learn to budget while still getting the foods you love.

Cooking delicious on a budget is feesable, but you need to plan ahead, shop in bulk and cruise the deals at the market to truly get the best for your dollar.
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Have a great week everyone!!!
xoxo
Laura

1 comment:

peanutbutterandpeppers.com said...

That is awesome! I used to be a big meal plabnner, but I kind of got away from it! It is the best way to save money! Nice job!