Monday, November 9, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

This month I started documenting our grocery budget in more detail in an Excel spreadsheet, including our household's top 20-30 most commonly bought items listed individually. Wow, what a difference just being required to record it can make! Even with generous margins built in (like for deal-catching at Shopper's Food Warehouse triple coupons this week), I find myself aware of the fact - while shopping - that I will be documenting it all when I get home. It's also simplifying my menus. I'll be curious to see if a) I can keep up the documentation, and b) the new awareness significantly impacts our grocery spending for the better.

Here is the menu plan for the week:

Monday: BLTs, salad, apple slices

Tuesday: Mac'n'cheese, salad, fruit smoothies

Wednesday: Steamfresh veggies bought cheaply at Giant, pad thai noodles with FREE CVS cashews*

Thursday: Tuna salad or egg salad sandwiches, salad

Friday: Nachos: homemade guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheddar, seasoned ground beef, diced tomatoes


Twice in the last week or so I've had a coupon print at the CVS coupon kiosk for $2 off the purchase of 2 Gold Emblem nut items. Since there's a huge bin of $0.99 packs of various nuts (wasabi almonds, cashews, or other types) at the front of the store, we've gotten 4 free snack-size pouches of nuts with practically zero effort. Scan your CVS card at the coupon kiosk soon to see if you might also get this "sneak freebie" coupon!
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