Can you believe our No Spending Month is almost over?? Me neither! But that doesn’t mean that our weekly meal plans are over. To the contrary, I think it’s important to keep going with meal planning to save money especially when we are doing other spending. At least we’ll be saving money in areas such as groceries.
This week’s meal plan was not initial planned out, as mentioned in our first weekly meal plan post, because sometimes we end up with extra food or too many left over so we don’t make every meal as written on our Monthly Meal Plan. So our new weekly meal plan is a combination of meals we didn’t end up making, and meals we can make with what we have left in the cupboards and freezers.
- Oven Rice & Stir Fry
- Spaghetti with Tomato Soup
- Stuffed Potatoes
- Tuna Casserole
- Lo Mein
- Hashbrown Casserole
*I wrote leftovers because we will be travelling to Halifax for 1 or 2 days this week so we might not need food until we come back home next week.
Unfortunately, we’ve already used up our gift cards for Superstore, which means the budget was not under $100, so we didn’t stay on my initial. However, our purchases this month did include a tiny bit of stock piling and some extra snacks that weren’t on the weekly grocery lists, so I feel like it might actually come to exactly $100.
On a positive note, we still have $60 worth of PC Plus points so we’ll be able to use that towards our groceries, not to mention our $90 rewards coupon from Costco, so I’m quite happy that we don’t have to use our own money yet. It probably won’t last very long, since we’ve been waiting to buy a few things from Costco, but it will certainly help.
If you haven’t been following our Weekly Meal Plan series, I’ll make it brief and let you know how we go about our meal planning.
Step 1 – List all the ingredients, marking the missing items in bold.
- Uncle Ben’s Long Grain Brown Rice
- Soya Sauce
- Onion Soup Mix
- Vegetable Oil
- Frozen vegetables
- Stir Fry Sauce
- Tomato Soup
- Cheese (we have some left but we eat it as snacks too so I’ve marked it in bold to buy more in case we run out before we make this recipe)
- Plain Yogurt or Ranch
- Canned tuna
- Cream of mushroom soup x2
- Canned or frozen peas
- Udon Noodles
- Red Pepper
- Snap Peas
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Oil
- McCain Frozen Hashbrowns
Step 2 – Make a grocery list with all the items that were in bold
- Red Pepper
- Snap Peas
If we’re low on snacks, I will usually add that on to the grocery list, although I think we should be fine for snacks this week. So our final grocery list should not come to more than a total of $20.
Note: We save a lot of money by stock piling items, which is why we have so many of the ingredients on hand every week I write up our weekly meal plan.