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Weekly Meal Plan: March 25th-31st

It’s going to be a hectic week, what with family visiting, celebrating two birthdays, not to mention an early Easter dinner, so it’s going to be a flexible week in terms of our weekly meal plan. It’s totally normal for this to happen every once in a while, and that’s why it’s important to roll with the punches if things don’t go exactly according to plan.

This week’s grocery list includes lots of products that we didn’t necessarily need this week but that were on sale ,so we added them to our list and purchased them in bulk to get the best price available.

Meals:

  • Family Dinner with the Bernards
  • Brunch with Bernards & Mills**
  • Casino Buffet with Mom & Steve
  • Stuffed Potatoes & Grilled Tilapia
  • Macaroni Casserole
  • Cauliflower Wings & Homemade Fries
  • Easter Dinner: Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots & Salad
  • Fish Tacos

Ingredients:

  • Fruit
  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • Breakfast Meat
  • Juice
  • Sparkling Water
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cheese
  • Tilapia
  • Macaroni
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Soup
  • Onion
  • Cauliflower
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Hot Sauce
  • Ham
  • Salad (either pre-made or ingredients to make one)
  • Tortillas
  • Miracle Whip
  • Taco Spice Mix (Homemade)

Grocery:

  • Strawberries – on sale for $5.99 @ Superstore
  • Bananas – $1.97 @ Superstore
  • Cranberry Juice – $2.09 @ Superstore
  • Apple Juice x2 – on sale for $2.39 each @ Superstore
  • Orange Juice – on sale for $1.43 @ Superstore
  • Perrier – $2.09 @ Superstore
  • Onions – on sale for $1.49 at Superstore
  • Raspberries – $6.49 @ Costco
  • Apples – $5.49 @ Costco
  • Eggs – $3.99 @ Costco
  • Bacon – $18.99 @ Costco (Max is paying for most of it because he’ll keep it for himself after the brunch)
  • Breakfast Sausages – $13.99 @ Costco (Max is paying for most of it because he’ll keep it for himself after the brunch)
  • Bread – $3.75 @ Nana’s Bakery
  • Ham – $13.86 @ Costco
  • Lettuce – $2.99 @ Costco
  • Croutons x2 – on sale for $3.99 at Costco!!
  • Vanilla Yogurt x2 – on sale for $5.49 @ Costco
  • Shrimp – $19.99 @ Costco (we ran out last week and I never noticed we had none left)
  • Cream Cheese x2 – on sale for $5.99 @ Costco!!
  • Naan – $2.99 @ Costco (we also ran out of these and we still have leftover curry)
  • Lemon Juice – $4.49 @ Costco (we just ran out of lemon juice)
  • Cheese & Crackers – $9.99 @ Costco
  • Butter – $3.89 @ Costco (I wanted to make sure we didn’t run out before the end of the week)
  • Kettle Chips – on sale for $2.49 @ Superstore
  • Mini Eggs – on sale for $13.99 @ Superstore (for Easter recipes and a surprise Easter basket for Max!)
  • Cold Smoked Salmon – $8.99 at Superstore

I also bought other things, such as flowers, but I won’t include that in our grocery budget since it was more a treat for myself and for our guests who will be coming over for brunch today.

Grocery Budget

Our total for this week’s grocery is quite higher than usual, but it was good to stock up on some sale items, plus Max will be paying me back for a good portion of the meat since I don’t eat any.

Total spent on groceries this week: $185.14

To compare, our usual weekly budget is $100. This week, we did go over our regular allotted budget, but for good reasons: stockpiling, and family!

 

Did you make a meal plan for this week? If so, did you find there was an increase in your spending due to Easter coming up? We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments!

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