Friday, February 7, 2014

February Menu & Accidental Once-a-Month Shopping

Due to the January Pantry Challenge, our stock of lots and lots of things was depleted.  So on February 1st we picked up our produce co-op offerings and I made a huge grocery list for 3 stores and ended up spending 4 hours shopping and the bulk of our grocery budget for the month. The good news is that I think I've got a plan for all this food and purchased more than enough convenience things to hopefully keep me sane. I admit I am compromising on health in favor of more time.  I'll still need to buy milk, butter, eggs and a bit of produce throughout the month, but for everything else we are set.

Here's the plan:
February Meals
Goals: Eat at home. Eliminate meal prep stress. Keep an orderly kitchen.
Dinners:
Sandwiches (on the marathon grocery shopping day)
Baked spaghetti (x2)
Super Bowl: chips with homemade salsa & guac, veggie platter with dip, buffalo chicken, smoothies
Spaghetti and meat sauce (up to 4 times)
Runza casserole, fruit salad, asparagus (+1 for another family)
Chicken rice soup, whole wheat bread, fruit
Garlic brown sugar chicken, brown rice, peas
Homemade pizza with beef, pepperoni, ham and/or peppers (x2-3) birthday meal
Buffalo chicken salad (x2)
Cheesy broccoli chicken & rice
Vegetable beef soup, biscuits
Beef brisket, baked beans and vegetable
BBQ brisket sandwiches on homemade buns, coleslaw
Broccoli cheese soup, angel biscuits
Steak tacos
Beans & cilantro-lime rice, cheese, sour cream, etc. (x2)
Pasta/veg/bratwurst skillet
Valentine's Day: Chicken enchiladas with sour cream white sauce, cherry bars or chocolate fondue
Sanity saver options: chicken nuggets & fries, peas / frozen lasagna / frozen pizzas
Lunches:
leftovers
ham sandwiches
pizza soup
fried brown rice (make rice ahead, freeze, and add veggies & eggs at the time of the meal)
frozen pizza
Breakfasts:
cereal (1-2x/week)
apple oatmeal (1-2x/week)
steel cut oats with blueberries (1x/week)
sausage or ham/potato/egg casserole (1x/week)
soaked oats with blueberries (1x/week)
toast from homemade bread (1x/week)
egg sandwiches on english muffins
Extras:
bring snacks for homeschool group (30+ people) – caramel corn, veggies & dip, brownie bites, bananas
***Do you have any suggestions on how to economically feed a large group of children with hollow legs? ****
Chocolate chip cookies
Little boy birthday! Cupcakes, goldfish, capri sun 

The shopping:
Safeway - $93.22
6 cans beans
3 boxes Cheerios
1 mayo
6 packages cheese (=12 lbs.)
4 packages hash browns
1 gallon ice cream
3 Digiorno pizzas
2 10 ct. English muffins
2 loaves whole wheat bread
Dairy markdowns: 4 4-pks Activia yogurt, 2 single serve Greek yogurt
1 family size Oreos
2 6pk. soda bottles 
10 lbs. sugar
5 lbs. boneless ham (I took this from the meat department to the deli and they sliced it free for a HUGE savings over fresh or packaged deli meat.)
1 red onion
4 large avocados
1 coffee creamer

King Soopers - $94.04
Dairy markdowns: 27 individual Greek yogurts, 3 gallons chocolate milk, 4 cartons cottage cheese
2 bags chips
1 pkg. beef for pizza
1 pkg. pepperoni
10 ct. razors - markdown
1 chicken burrito - markdown
1 Hormel REV snack (free - I ate this for lunch while out shopping)
5 Tombstone pizzas
4 sour cream
1 deodorant
2 bottles All laundry detergent
4 12-pks of soda
5 cream cheese
5 lbs. pasta
2 pkgs. hygiene products
3 10 ct. Capri Sun
2 large lasagnas

Costco - $145.74
12 lbs. organic brown rice
4 lbs. butter
2 ct. plastic wrap (1500 sq. ft. total)
3 lbs. sausage
3 lbs. bananas
5 qts. oil
2 qts. Famous Dave's pickles
30 ct. foil pans
5 lbs. ground beef
18 ct. extra large eggs
8 lbs. brown sugar
2 2-box packs of cereal
1 organic tortilla chips
2 lbs. fresh parmesan and romano
1 #10 can tomato sauce, 1 #10 can crushed tomatoes
coupon offers: Golfish crackers, veggie straws, 5 lbs. chicken nuggets, 2 - 3 lbs. bags boneless buffalo chicken

Total to date for February: $333.00 
February 1st Mega Grocery Shopping

Have you tried once a month shopping?  What are the pros and cons you've experienced?

1 comment:

thehomespunheart said...

I try to go to Sam's once every 4-6 weeks and then just to the local grocery store every weekend for milk and produce and anything great on sale. It is working well for us. The best thing I've ever done to help our grocery shopping is try not to run out of things as that is when I stress and it takes waaaaaay more time to plan/prepare. I love the Sam's click & pull option where I can order most things on line and they will have it ready to pick up so I can just run in and get a few extra things and pick up my order. It is a 45 minute drive each way for us so I don't want to be going very often!