Real Food on Budget
Week of February 19, 2018.

This week I am menu planning for 4 (3 adults and 1 teen), I have to take into account a few different dietary restrictions but I am sure I can get it done on my budget. I plan on making some bread and buns for this week. That should help a lot with lunches for my husband and the girls for the week. 

I am planning a trip to Costco on Tuesday of this week if my car repairs are not to much and I will add that trip to my totals once I get home. I know I have to pick up a few things from Costco that are just cheaper than any where else.  
$75 for a family a week

Meals this week:

Turkey Dinner with fixings
Hot Turkey Sandwiches & Fries and Veggies
Teriyaki Chicken, Rice & Bean Bowls
Minestrone Soup
Cabbage Roll Casserole
Chicken and Dumplings, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable
Tacos & Mexican Rice

Lunch:

Our lunches usually consist of dinner leftovers. 
- Salad
- Soup
- Egg Salad

Breakfast:

- Fresh Fruit (Oranges, Strawberries & Apples)
- Toast
- Oatmeal

Snack:

- Double Chocolate Coffee Cake
- Banana Bread
- Oatmeal Cookies with Butterscotch Chips
   
Shopping:

$ 2.97     Strawberries
  5.00      Ragu Sauce x5 @ 1.00
  1.00      Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Bars
  2.00      Apple Sauce x2 @ 1.00
  0.81      Green Pepper
  5.00      Ground Chicken 1lbs x5 @ 1.00
  2.00      Sour Cream x2 @ 1.00
  1.00      Mr Noodles x4 @ 0.25
  3.54      Egg Noodles x2 @ 1.77
  4.00      Wonder Bread x2 @ 2.00
  1.97      Celery
  1.97      Lettuce
       
$31.26 - Total Spent

Budget:

$43.74 - Total left from week February 19th
$28.83 - Total left from week February 12th
$48.75 - Total left from week of February 5th

Total - $121.32 brought forward

Items on hand:

- Onions
- Potatoes
- Carrots
- Rice
- Chicken Breast
- Chicken Meatballs (Frozen)
- Ground Chicken
- Chicken Thighs
- Ground Turkey
- Chicken Legs
- Whole Turkey x 1
- Pork Chops
- Pasta (Various)
- Bread
- Wraps
- Apples
- Strawberries
- Bananas
- Oranges
- Cheese
- Quinoa

If you are looking for more menu inspiration be sure to check out Orgjunkie, she hosts a weekly menu plan Monday link up.   


LET'S CHAT!

Do you make monthly trips to a warehouse store like Costco or Sam's Club?
What are the best deals you find there?





3 TIPS FOR SAVING ON GROCERIES


If you are looking to cut back on household expenses you would normally look at your food budget because next to paying for rent or a mortgage one of the largest expenses for most households including our own is food. The rising costs of food have really got me thinking about our food budget. 

I know I am not the only one who has noticed that the food prices are rising but they package sizes are shrinking. Years ago I decided to make a drastic change in our food consumption and in that reflected in our budget. 




I have found a few tricks that help me keep my food budget in check without having to use coupons and do any price matching. Not that I don't do that when I grocery shop but I know not everyone feels they have the time to be price matching and couponing.

1. Is it really a CLEARANCE price?
I was actually tricked by a clearance sticker this past week when shopping with my husband. The clearance peppers where more expensive than buying a bag of 4 peppers I already had in my cart. I know better than to fall for this but we were in a hurry and I didn't take the time to double check. I ended up paying $2 more for clearance peppers.  

2. There is a SALE tag so it must be a good deal right? 
Have you ever noticed how the larger quantity of items goes on sale and yet when you double check in the aisle you can clearly see if you purchase a few of the smaller size items and make them equal the larger one that buying more smaller ones is more economical then buying the larger item that is on sale.  

3. Double check pricing
When paying by the pound you need to double check the pricing and the weight of the item. I do notice that a lot of places have pay by weight but yet they have no scale in site for you to double check how much you will be paying. Sometimes purchasing your item in bulk is not always cheaper. 

Remember it is your money and you should always double check the pricing of the items you are purchasing. Follow these tips and you won't be tricked at the check out to pay more for your groceries.

Let's Chat!

What are some of your grocery tips that don't include using coupons and price matching? 


            

Rotisserie Chicken in the Slow Cooker (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday


I love the rotisserie chicken you can pick up at the grocery store but I am not sure everything they season it with - to be on the safe side I decided to come up with a recipe that we could do at home so that we know what exactly is in it. It takes minutes to prepare as long as your chicken is already thaw. 

Rotisserie Chicken in the Slow Cooker


Rotisserie Chicken in the Slow Cooker

1 Whole Chicken (I used about a 4lb one but judge for your slow cooker)
1 onion quartered
2 carrots cut 
2 stalks of celery 

Rub
2 tsps Salt
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder


In a small bowl, mix together all spices for the rub. Remove and disgard the giblets from the chicken. Rinse chicken cavity and pat dry with paper towel. Rub chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place onion, celery and carrots in chicken. 

Start by placing foil balls in the bottom of the slow cooker. 

Cook chicken on high for 4 to 4 1/2 hours depending on the size of the chicken and strength of your slow cooker. Times will vary so use a food thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached 165 degrees. Let your chicken rest on the cutting board for about 15 minutes before carving.  



Let's Chat!

Do you pick up a Rotisserie Chicken at your local grocery store to make dinner easier?                                            






*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***





Menu Planning on Budget
Week of February 12, 2018.


I have been asked by a few people on instagram if I ever buy any meat. I actually do purchase meat but in December I found a great meat sale and stocked up with tons of meat and because of this I probably won't have to buy any meat until well into March unless I find a great meat sale before then. This leaves me with only have to purchase produce fresh and frozen, as well as other items to keep my pantry and kitchen stocked up.

On Valentine's Day I plan on making my husbands favourite meal Chicken Parmesan. We are not a family that usually goes out on Valentine's Day we like to celebrate at our house kind of low key will goodie bags for everyone that is home at the time. 
$75 for a family a week

Meals this week:

Chicken Parmesan, Rice, Broccoli & Carrots
Tacos, Mexican Rice
Pork Chops with Apples, Potato Wedges, Beans
Cabbage Roll Casserole
Instant Pot Mac & Cheese, Salad
Chicken and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable
Instant Pot Chili served in Bread Bowls

Lunch:

Our lunches usually consist of dinner leftovers. 
- Salad
- Soup
- Buttered Noodles

Breakfast:

- Fresh Fruit (Oranges, Bananas & Apples)
- Bagels
- Toast
- Oatmeal

Snack:

- Bran Muffins
- Oatmeal Cookies
   
Shopping:

$ 1.97     Potatoes 10lbs
  3.88      Pasta Sauce x4 @ 0.97
  0.99      Fettuccine Noodles
  2.47      Cream Cheese
  2.50      Orange Juice Pulp Free x2 @ 1.25
  4.97      Apples 4lbs
  0.97      Romaine Lettuce
  1.97      Cantaloupe
  2.97      Turkey Bacon
  2.97      Baby Bell
  2.28      Jello x4 @ 0.57
  3.94      Sugar x2 @ 1.97
  2.27      Ketchup
  2.58      Oatmeal
  3.96      Nutri Grain Bars x2 @ 1.98
  4.00      Bread x2 @ 2.00
  1.48      Blueberry Bagels
     
$46.17 - Total Spent

Budget:

$28.83 - Total to Carry Forward
$48.75 - Total from week of February 5th

Total - $77.58 brought forward

Items on hand:

- Onions
- Potatoes
- Carrots
- Rice
- Chicken Breast
- Chicken Meatballs (Frozen)
- Ground Chicken
- Chicken Thighs
- Ground Turkey
- Chicken Legs
- Turkey x 2
- Pork Chops
- Pasta (Various)
- Bread
- Wraps
- Apples
- Oranges
- Cheese
- Quinoa

If you are looking for more menu inspiration be sure to check out Orgjunkie, she hosts a weekly menu plan Monday link up.   


LET'S CHAT!

Do you stock up on items you know you purchase all the time when they are on sale or do you just pick them up as you need them?