How To Save Money With Meal Planning
MEAL PLANNING

Weekly Meal Plan – February 11th-17th

Another week, another meal plan! Last week’s meal plan didn’t go quite as we had planned, and I know this coming week will be a bit hectic too because we’re going out for Valentine’s Day, plus Max’s parents are going to be visiting Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which makes it a bit more challenging to plan meals. But not to worry, we’ll set up our menu, make our lists and be prepared just in case.

The meals that we chose for this week are simple ones for which we already had lots of ingredients. We figured it would be best to save money on groceries since we are going out to the restaurant twice this week.

Meals:

  • Slowcooker Curry
  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Tacos
  • Sushi Date Night*
  • Rice & Stir Fry
  • Family Supper
  • Spaghetti (OR) Pad Thai

 

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato
  • Broccoli
  • Onion
  • Chickpeas
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Coconut Milk x2
  • Quinoa
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Tumeric
  • Tamari (or soya sauce)
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Fettuccine
  • Cream Cheese
  • Milk or Cream
  • Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Mushrooms
  • Taco Shells
  • Veggie Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cheese
  • Uncle Ben’s Long Grain Rice
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Onion Soup Mix
  • Canned Mushrooms
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Cherry Sauce
  • Spaghetti or Instant Noodles
  • Tomato Soup – if we make Spaghetti
  • Red Pepperif we make Pad Thai
  • Carrot – if we make Pad Thai
  • Cabbage – if we make Pad Thai
  • Peanut Butter – if we make Pad Thai
  • Fish Sauce – if we make Pad Thai
  • Shrimp – if we make Pad Thai
  • Sriracha – if we make Pad Thai

Grocery List:

  • Onions – $1.99 for 3 lbs on sale at Superstore
  • Coconut Milk x2 – $0.99 on sale at Superstore
  • Fettuccine – $0.88 on sale at Superstore (bought 3!)
  • Mushrooms – $1.99 on sale at Superstore
  • Lettuce – $2.99 at Superstore
  • Milk – $6.53 at Superstore
  • Bananas – $1.85 at Superstore
  • Crackers – $2.49 at Superstore
  • Salsa – $2.88 on sale at Superstore
  • Eggs – $3.59 at Superstore
  • Rice Crackers – $2.54 on sale at Superstore

I also gave myself a little challenge this week. To try to be more eco-friendly, I decided I would try to avoid plastic packaging as much as possible. Unfortunately, Moncton doesn’t have a Zero Waste store (but Edmundston does!) so it’s challenging to eliminate plastic altogether. So our goal is to make the effort to reduce this amount of waste, and I think we did a decent job.

Reducing Plastic Waste:

We usually purchased Boston or Iceberg lettuce, but they all come in plastic packaging. Instead, we bought unpackaged Romain Lettuce.

 

No Plastic Packaging Superstore
The bananas at Superstore come with no packaging. We used to buy them at Costco, but they come wrapped in plastic.

 

On Sale Superstore
These onions were on sale at 1/3 the price of unpackaged onion. Financially, I couldn’t justify buying the unpackaged ones this week.

 

Superstore
Couldn’t find any mushrooms without packaging.

 

Superstore
Eggs cartons can be brought back to the Farmer’s Market or your local farm to refill with eggs.

 

Superstore
We buy milk bags instead of jugs because there’s a group of women in Moncton who reuse the outer bag to make woven mattresses for people in Haiti. And I’ve tried them – they are actually very comfortable!

 

No Plastic Superstore
We snack on chips and salsa all the time, so when I saw they were on sale I bought two. And no plastic here, all glass!

 

Snacks Superstore
Crackers are another favourite snack. They come in a cardboard box, but they are sealed in plastic.

 

Canned No Plastic Supersotre
Coconut Milk comes in aluminium cans – no plastic!

 

Cardboard Packaging Supersotre
We bought this pasta that comes in cardboard packaging so it can be recycled, but I’m going to look around to see if pasta can be purchased in bulk with no packaging.

 

Superstore
The end results of our grocery trip this week!

 

Our grand total for this week’s grocery was $37.21, and I was able to use $30 worth of PC Points to pay for part of the grocery. So our total money spent this week was $7.21 – not too shabby!

2 Comments

  • Ruth Ann

    We are decluttering and reorganizing our kitchen this week. One goal is to replace plastic with cloth or glass storage options. Love that you are doing this too! I have alot of work to do…but every little bit counts and we all start somewhere!
    Great job!
    BTW, you can take your own containers into Bulk Barn too. My pantry restock will be all with reusable containers and refilling.

    • Carmen LeBlanc

      Thank you Ruth Ann! Yes, we went to Bulk Barn last week but we are well stocked on most pantry items right now. We also visit Corn Crib frequently to refill products – if you’ve never had their peanut butter, you need to try it! It’s so good!

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