Hopping into the car after work, my car thermometer read 101 degrees. It was as hot as hades. Or a hooker in church. Whichever southern slang phrase you prefer to use. You get the picture.
It was just as I was pulling out of our parking lot at work that I saw the low tire pressure light came on. Upon trying to put air in it, I realized there was a large nail stuck in the front left tire. Sweaty and tired, I drove to the local Wal-mart to get a new tire. Rather than sit in the automotive department and watch a Disney movie on the hard bench in the waiting area, I decided to pick up a few groceries that we most definitely needed. While this list was not planned or the most healthy meal plan I’ve ever made, it will keep us on budget for this week’s groceries.
(fresh tomatoes from the garden, yum!!)
So, here are the deals I got while waiting on my new tire (some will be in the meal plan, some are early back to school stock-ups that were on rollback):
Glue Sticks- .50 (rollback)
Markers – (rollback)- .97 (I bought two)
Notebook-(rollback)-.17 ( again, bought two)
24 count Crayola crayons-(rollback)-.50 (two)
Minute rice-$1.98 (checkout 51 rebate $1.00 off)
Whole wheat spaghetti- 1.00
Dole pineapple chunks- .86 (bought two- checkout 51 rebate, .75 off)
Lunchables-on sale for $1.00-(bought 4)
Budig lunch meats- .68 (bought 5) (Ibotta rebate- $1.00 off 5)
Prego spaghetti sauce -$1.98
Just Mayo- $2.98 ( ibotta rebate-$1.50 off)
Ranch style beans-.86
Green beans-.68 (bought two)
Sweet peas-.98 (bought two)
French bread- $1.00
Polish sausage -$2.54
Total before tax and rebates = $44.76
(fresh corn, cucumbers, and more tomatoes!)
Here is the the supper meal plan for the week:
Wednesday- Taco soup- I will make it with deer meat (or venison if you’re not from the south ?) We keep lots of this-my husband is a hunter. Also in the soup are seasonings I have, onion, (already have) and corn, ranch style beans, tomatoes and green chiles (bought today).
Thursday– leftover taco soup
Friday-fresh corn on the cob (from my grandparent’s garden), fresh tomatoes (from a friend’s garden) cucumbers in Italian dressing, and cornbread (will make with ingredients I already have)
Saturday-spaghetti (deer from freezer and onion in pantry), green beans and French bread ( bought today)
Monday-sausage and rice (bought today)
Lunches will be:
Mac and cheese
Lunchables (picky, picky 6 year old)
Sandwiches with homemade bread
As you can see, we don’t mind eating leftovers at our house. I did not plan the meals out beforehand, and plan to make an Aldi run tomorrow when I am in Memphis. I will stock up on fruits and a few other necessities. This should still keep us under $75 for the week for groceries.
Plus, we are super fortunate to have friends and family that have AMAZING gardens and share their harvest. Summer is like Christmas around here! Other than the fresh produce, this is not the healthiest week of meals we will ever eat, but it will keep us on budget and fed! I always use Ibotta, Checkout 51, and the Walmart Savings Catcher App to save on items I would already buy! Click on the links above to see what the apps are all about! You will not regret it!
This trip also included several items that were on clearance that I bought for the boy’s school supply stash. I found several items last month on clearance at Walgreens, and I will add these to the pile. School supplies can break the bank, but stocking up beforehand can help a tremendous amount.
Do you meal plan for the week? What are your go-to meals during busy seasons?