When I went to the kitchen to throw something together for dinner, I realized that we had A LOT of food. Not the food that I would have purchased at the grocery store, but food that I had stockpiled and bought without a real plan. I decided right there and then that I would get us through the week using what we had in the house.
So I took $20 and headed off to Aldi to buy a few necessary items. What did I get?
- Two gallons of milk (whole and skim)
- A loaf of whole wheat bread
- Cheese (We have some very picky eaters that I'm pretty sure survive on air and cheese)
Breakfast was a mixture of everything we had on hand:
- French Toast
- The last little bits of cereal from 4 different boxes
- Bagels and cream cheese
- Chicken Nuggets
- Hot Dogs
- Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
- Turkey Wraps
- Homemade Pizzas made from hot dog buns
- Lots of fresh fruit and veggies(watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, blueberries, bananas, carrots and other leftovers from our Batman Birthday Party)
- Canned fruit
- Breakfast for Dinner - waffles, eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit
- Bacon-wrapped tilapia with Parmesan noodles and frozen veggies
- Fried Pork Chops with Brocolli & Rice casserole and corn on the cob
- Turkey and Boca Burgers with sweet potato fries, carrots, and cantaloupe
- Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with salad and fruit
- Friday night we took the kids to Chick-fil-A for Cow Appreciation Day (I don't count this as going out since we ate for free.)
Best of all, by not doing a big grocery trip for the week, I saved my family about $80! I'm not sure if this is something I could do every month, but it's definitely worth looking into and trying out at least every 2 months. What a wonderful way to save money and use up all the little bits of things hanging out in the freezer and the pantry.
If you've never tried to push back a grocery shopping trip, I highly encourage you to set aside a week to use up everything in your kitchen. Get creative with meals and see how far you can stretch what is already in your kitchen. I bet you'll find that you have a lot more food than you realized.
I'd love to hear from you if you've tried something similar with your family. How often do you go grocery shopping? How much do you typically spend a week for your family?
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