One of my biggest tips for saving money on groceries is to buy what’s on sale. Instead of grocery shopping based off of a recipe, I buy groceries based off of sale prices and find recipes later. This means that I eat seasonally for the most part since fresh produce that’s in season is typically the best price. Not only do I save money this way, I also am eating more nutrient dense foods since these fruits and vegetables have been picked when they’re ripe. It’s a win-win!
Now that spring has turned to summer, I’m finding lots more berries in my cart than in previous months. I love this because it forces me to change up my typical meal plans! I’ve been bulking up my spaghetti with fresh zucchini and am loving a simple side of roasted asparagus. Nature sure knows what she’s doing!
Here’s a look at one month of grocery hauls. My budget each week is $70. Did I stick to it? Find out below!
Best Grocery Deals in May 2016
- Clementines $3.95/3 lb bag
- Raspberries $2.50/9 oz container
- Mangoes $.75 each
- Avocados, organic $.95 each. It’s hard to find avocados for less than $1 lately. To my surpise, I found the best deal in the organic section this month!
- Zucchini $.85/lb
- Tomatoes, plum $.75/lb
- Beets $.50/lb
- Sweet Potatoes $.50/lb
- Walnuts, pieces $5.00/lb. This was a steal of a deal! I found these in the fresh nuts section by the produce.
- Ground Beef $3.00/lb. I was really happy with this. I usually buy a 3 pound chub for $10. This was better quality meat for less!
- Steak, New York strip $5.99/lb. This price was amazing! Over Memorial Day weekend, tons of meats were on sale for grilling.
- Eggs $FREE! Mariano’s has started sending weekly emails with a Friday Freebie coupon download. I totally took advantage and got eggs for free!
- Garden Salad, Santa Fe $FREE! Another Friday Freebie
- Salsa, Red Gold $1.09/16 oz jar. My usual cheap jar of salsa costs $1.69 so I loved finding this deal!
Total Spent: $352.16
That comes out to $70.43 per week, right on budget! I was so sad when my grocery haul on the last week of the month was nearly $15 too high, but once I did the month’s weekly average, I realized I was still on target!
Monthly Meal Plan
From week to week, our meals don’t vary too much. I focus on buying what’s on sale, then making meals based off that. This usually means dinners are some sort of taco or salad or roasted meat and veggies. Here’s a look at our favorite meals.
- Overnight Oats – made with oats, almond milk, pure maple syrup, banana, and berries
- Toast with Peanut Butter and Bananas
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Whole Wheat Pancakes – made with whole wheat flour, almond milk, eggs, oil, and baking powder plus toppings like fresh berries or chocolate chips
- Whole Wheat Muffins – made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, honey, eggs, oil, and baking soda plus toppings like fresh berries or chocolate chips
- Berry Spinach Smoothie – made with Greek yogurt, almond milk, spinach
- Chicken Stir Fry – made with chicken, frozen stir fry veggie mix, brown rice, soy sauce, and lemon juice
- Lettuce Wrapped Burgers and Sweet Potato Chips – made with iceberg lettuce, ground beef, tomatoes, onion, pickles, and sweet potatoes
- Pulled Pork Tacos – made with pork shoulder, taco seasoning, corn tortillas, lettuce, onion, tomato, peppers, salsa, and avocado
- Ground Beef Nachos – made with tortilla chips, ground beef, taco seasoning, onion, tomato, peppers, salsa, and avocado
- Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Roasted Beets and Sweet Potatoes – made with whole chicken, beets, sweet potatoes, and onion
- Sweet Potato Hash – made with sweet potatoes, peppers, onion, eggs, and chicken sausage
- Cheeseburger Salad – made with mixed greens, ground beef, onion, tomato, pickles, and avocado
- One Pan Frittata – made with eggs, mushrooms, peppers, onion, and chicken sausage
- Spaghetti – made with whole wheat pasta, jarred spaghetti sauce, ground beef, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and spinach
- Tortilla Chips and Salsa
- Tortilla Chips and Guacamole (aka smashed avocado with salt, garlic powder, and a little lemon juice)
- Popcorn (favorite way to season: olive oil, salt, garlic powder, dill, and some freshly grated parmesan cheese)
- Trail Mix – made with nuts, raisins, and chocolate chips
- Hummus and Baby Carrots
- Rice Cakes and Peanut Butter
- Cottage Cheese
- Fresh Fruit
What’s your favorite go-to recipe for a quick weeknight meal?