$38 Bi-Weekly Budget Grocery Haul + Meal Plan

Hello all! For this post, I wanted to share a biweekly grocery haul and meal plan with you all. My state has had official stay at home orders for about a week now. Nonessential businesses are closed and people are being strongly advised to only go out for essentials and to work. Of course some people aren’t listening…Anyway, I have decided to switch to biweekly groceery hauls because right now I am slammed with virtual practicum and I am trying to limit being out since I work in the hospital.


**This post is not sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own. All items were purchased with my own money. This post is mean to serve as a resource.


Meal Planning

Before each grocery shop, I always make an effort to meal plan. For me this usually includes scrolling through Pinterest or just going by what I feel. Since I have been completing two week grocery shops, I have been making sure to go tighter on my budget. This means even more budget friendly meals! I love using the Flipp app to search for local deals. I usually shop at Lidl, and the app has prices for EVERYTHING. I will jot down my meal plan and grcoery list with prices on an index card to take to the store/stores with me.

Here is the meal plan I had set for the next two weeks:

Week 1

• Breakfast: Frozen homemade, wholewheat waffles with honey and chicken sausage

• Meal: Homemade Chipotle burrito bowl

• Buffalo Chicken dip (optional)

Week 2

• Breakfast: Frozen homemade, wholewheat waffles with honey and chicken sausage

• Meal: Ground turkey nachos

• Buffalo Chicken Dip (optional)

Please keep in mind this is a very short meal plan, because I live at home, so I eat whatever dinner my family eats unless which always consists of a protein, carb and vegetable source.

Also, my breakfast options remained the same, because every few weeks I bulk prepare whole wheat waffles. This has made a big difference in my grocery hauls.

Shopping

Alright! Off to the store we go. Something I have been practicing for months is only spending cash on groceries. This helps me stay on track and physicially organize my funds between stores. This week my local Lidl has some great deals on some kettlebells; however, I purchased these with separate funds I had set aside for myself. This particular week, I shopped at my local Lidl and Aldi.

Here is everything I purchased:

  • Chicken Tenderloins (2 packs)
  • Grapes
  • Jalepeños
  • Cilantro
  • Plain Greek Yogurt (2 cups)
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Applesauce (2 jars)
  • Black beans (2 cans)
  • Tortilla chips
  • Salt and Vinegar kettlechips
  • White cheddar rice puffs
  • Mejedool dates
  • 85% lean ground turkey (2 lbs)
  • Cranberry-Apple juice
  • Granola bars (2 boxes)
  • Hot sauce
  • Thin Wheats (1 box)

Total spent: $38.14 😃

The chicken tenders I purchased were all marked 30% off, which is what helped bring the total down.

Keep in mind, I did visit the store during my second week to pick up additional fresh fruit as I run out pretty quickly. I spent $9.00 for that quick run. Which adds up to around $46.00.

Overall, I was pretty happy with this grocery haul, my usual two week grocery budget would be $50.00, but with many hospital employees being furloughed and hours being cut, I have been scaling back more than before. I am still very blessed to be able to work a few hours a week and do not want to take it for granted.

Thanks for reading!

Anna

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