Once again, it's time to post the grocery numbers. At nearly twice last week's spend, we clocked in at $150.46.
With a spend that high, we must surely be eating like kings... right?
Or we just spend a lot on "consumables"
Actually, our food spending was just a touch higher than our weekly average. However, our grocery spend includes anything that I buy at Aldi, Target, Walmart, Food Lion, Sam's Club, Costco, liquor stores, or specialty food stores.
It's a weird accounting method, but really, I'm not going to be splitting up receipts, and I go to Brick and Mortar stores so rarely that this makes a lot of sense for me.
So anyhow, the $150.46 was included $91.81 at Aldi (see what I bought below) which included the major bulk of our food spending, and a few consumables including paper plates and coffee filters.
I also spent $58.65 at Target which included a bag of flour, dish soap, diapers, kid socks, Crocs and sunscreen. So, we aren't eating it, but it is mostly "consumable" because kids go through socks and shoes as if they are consumable.
How do you guys account for consumables? Is it grocery spending, is it household goods? Do you not even keep track?
The menu plan
Well, it's hot as crap here in North Carolina, so I am keeping the oven off, but to be honest I don't have many crock pot or hot weather meals, so I rely a bit on grilling, and a bit on stove top meals to keep the house as cool as possible.
Our menu this week includes:
Brats with mushrooms, onions and salad
Enchiladas (okay, that was an oven meal) (made w/ leftover chicken from last week)
Fish Tacos with cilantro/lime coleslaw
Red chicken curry with rice
Pasta with homemade marinara sauce (made with leftover brats)
Grilled Beer Chicken with salad
Breakfast for dinner or leftovers
Does anyone have hot weather standbys? Its so hot that last night I considered forgoing the curry for lemonade and a nectarine.
Grocery Tip of the Week
So as long as I am geeking out on groceries, I thought I might give a few insights on keeping grocery costs in check.
Many people will say that meal planning around what's on sale is a great idea. I say that meal planning before grocery shopping is an awful lot of commitment to me. I feel like it ties my hands together. In keeping with the agile themes, I don't meal plan, instead I look over the ads, and come up with a few meal ideas.
Once I have the ideas, I make a quick list that includes meats, produce, pantry/fridge staples, and any auxiliary ingredients I need for the meals in my head. As I look over the list, I can have a rough idea of how much my meals will cost.
At the store, I don't necessarily stick to the list, but I try to stick to the relative amounts on the list (meat being my one exception as I will always stock up on an unexpected meat deal unless I've only brought cash to the store). So if I have 8 unique produce items on my list, I try to have no more than 8 unique items in my cart.
When I exit the store, my cart oftentimes doesn't reflect my list, but I do have enough food to make food for the week, and I've spent about as much as I thought I would. Once I'm home, I make a reasonable meal plan based on the food that actually made it to the house. Usually, I can stick to the meal plan too :)
I accidentally published this last night, before I was done writing it. Sorry if you are confused by the fact that I said that I don't meal plan, and also showed you my meal plan.
I'm a wife, a mom, an employee, and a personal finance nerd who is devoted to spreadsheeting my way through life.