Meal Planning on my $50 Budget - August 22, 2016

It is a new week and that means something new for me. I have been thinking about my weekly menu plans and I stay on budget every week with my meal planning but I have yet to share with you how I stay on budget every week. 

I have a set budget of $50 per week for our food budget but to be honest some weeks I spend a lot less and some weeks more depending on the sales but it works out to $50 per week over the course of the month. I have most of my meat for the next few weeks due to sales in the past little while and our garden produce is starting to come on so we are cutting back on produce we buy. 

This week I will be writing down my shopping list with prices next week I will have the pictures to share also. 

Nacho Chips $5.99
Bananas $1.77
Wraps $3.69

Real Canadian Superstore
Ice Tea Mix $6.99
Peaches $2.99
Frozen Peas $2.99

Romaine Lettuce $0.69 x 2
Tomatoes $0.90
Grape Tomatoes $0.99
Ice Cream Treats $2.99
Mango Soda $0.99
Peanuts Shelled $1.50
Chicken Breasts $5.97
Total $39.14
~ Menu ~ 

One Pot Sausage Pasta Dinner *
Chicken, Vegetables and Rice 
Tacos and Spanish Rice*
Garden Vegetable Soup
Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Fries* 
BBQ Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, Beans*
Baked Potato Buffet* 

- is always leftovers from the night before


*denotes purchased previous week

I do my shopping and menu planning around the sales I can get on a weekly basis and because I shop the sales is means some weeks I buy extra of certain things so I am not having to pay full price for anything. I also make all my own breads and baked goods for my family so that cuts out a large cost as well. 
How did you do with your meal planning and shopping this week? Please tell me in the comments.

Menu Planning Monday - August 15, 2016

I sat down and decided on what I wanted to make for this week but a few days are up in the air and I can't commit what will be made on each day but I do know what will be made this week. I have opted for more of an adjustable meal plan this week. 
What is an adjustable meal plan? It is planning all your meals for the week without committing to what day they will be made but just checking them off day by day as they are made. 

~ Meal #1 ~ 
Homemade Pizza

~ Meal #2 ~
Chicken Alfredo

~ Meal #3 ~
BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Potato Salad
~Meal #4 ~

Shepherd's Pie

~ Meal #5 ~
Pork Chops

~ Meal #6 ~
Stuffed Pork Loin
Grilled Veggies  

~ Meal #7 ~
Scaloped Potatoes

Would an adjustable menu plan work better for your family? Do you menu plan?


I think we are all aware of the rising costs of food where we live. I know here in Ontario, Canada some of the pricing is crazy when it comes to food costs. I am always up for a challenge when it comes to saving money. i did some hunting to find out what Statistics Canada reports is the average amount of money a Canadian household spends on food per month and to my surprise it was $241 per person on food each month.

My goal is to eat healthy meals every day on $50 a week for all four of us. That is three adults and our 12 year old. Years ago I used to just head to the store and not think about the price of the items I put in my cart. But in the last 10 years times have changed. We have been living off of a very limited income and I need to look for the less expensive but quality alternative.

Over the years I have learned that their are less expensive alternatives to meat. Beans and lentils can be used to bulk up meals and if you have a farmers' market near your house you can often get good deals near closing time. Don't forget that when it comes to vegetables and fruit frozen are often cheaper and last longer without losing nutrition value.

Using coupons really does help me reduce my grocery cost on some items but to be honest for me price matching is where I save a ton. This last week alone I saved over $40 just by price matching items in my cart. I came home with 5 bags of groceries and only 3 items were not price matched. I try to just got to one store only so that I also save money on gas and I do all my price matching at that one store. 

Saving money does take a little work. Going through flyers to find the best price on the items you use takes time but the internet is a huge resource and their are many places on the web that do all of this for you so it doesn't take you long at all to gather the best prices you need for price matching. I spend less than an hour a week gathering the different screenshots I need on my tablet to price match with at the store. I do realize that everyone's time is worth money but when you are saving over $40 by spending about 45 minutes before heading to the store I feel it is more than worth it. 

Weekly menu planning is also key for us when it comes to saving money on groceries. When I am going through the flyers to see the sale prices I am also going through recipes in my head that I can make with the items on sale that week. My goal is to make every meal at home and not to have to ever eat from a restaurant. With menu planning it means I am making my meals from scratch and that does take time and planning and meal prep. Nothing that can not be done on a Sunday at the beginning of the week and then meal prep during the week is a lot less. 

In short here are the ways I save:

Menu Plan - I do this every week so we don't get off track on our budget and so I know what to make for the week. 

Baked Goods - Every week I make our baked goods including bread for the week. I usually make brownies, cookies, puddings, jello and bars for the week. 

Buy in Bulk - We purchase flour, rice and beans in bulk which significantly cuts down with the costs. 

No Juices or Soda - We do not buy juice as a general rule and I gave up drinking soda early this year so it is not normally on our to buy list. 

No Boxed Snacks - We bake all our snacks for the week so baked snacks are not needed in our house.

Buy Produce we eat - I only buy the produce that we will eat and if something is going back I try to use it up in baking or cooking right away.

What are some ways you save with your weekly food budget? 

STUFFED PEPPERS IN THE INSTANT POT (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

I love cooking meals for my family every week. But I get bored easily when it comes to cooking the same thing over and over again. Today instead of making up some cabbage rolls I thought why not make stuffed peppers using a similar recipe.

I still have some ground meat left from our last Shopease Foods delivery and I love that their is little to no fat in our ground meat so I don't have to worry about that collecting in the bottom of the pot when I use my instant pot otherwise I would probably do a knife cut on the bottom of the pepper for the fat to drain out but it isn't neccessary with the ground meat I use. 


4 Green Peppers
1 lb Ground Meat
1 cup Rice
1 Onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 tsp Oregano
1 egg

For Sauce
1/2 can Tomato Sauce, large can
1 can Tomato Soup
3/4 can Water       

1. Cut tops off of green peppers and clean them out. Rinse well.

2. Mix together ground meat, rice, onion, green pepper, oregano, and egg until well combined. Stuff green peppers with mixture.

3. To make sauce combine tomato sauce, tomato soup and water and mix well before pouring over peppers.

Cooking Instructions:

Oven - preheat to 350* and cook for 1 hour, basting with sauce every 15 minutes. 

Instant Pot - Manual 15 minutes.   

We really love our instant pot it has made dinner time so much easier?

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