Monday, January 18, 2021

Analyzing my Grocery Budget

I spend too much money on food.

I admit it.

And it's not like this is shocking or totally new information. It's not. It's something that I've known for a while and I'm using the new year as a reason to be brave and conquer my food insecurities.

We'll talk about that more in another blog post. For today, I want to take a look at my first real grocery haul of 2021 and discuss how much I spent, my meal prep plan, and how I can improve in the future.

So let's get started!

First, let's talk about where I go grocery shopping. I'm not partial to any store in particular. I get groceries from a lot of different places. Stores in my local area include:

  • Wal Mart
  • Giant
  • Aldi
  • Weis 
  • Costco
  • Wegmans

But I don't shop at all of these places regularly. I rarely go to Wegmans because it's all the way across town. I also rarely go to Costco because I don't have a membership. My parents go pretty often so sometimes I tag along with them if I need to stock up on something.

Today's grocery haul is from one of my favorites: Weis.

First I'll share what was in my haul along with prices. Then I'll explain what I will be meal prepping this week.





January 16, 2021
Grocery Haul

  • Panda Express Kung Pao Stir Fry Sauce - $3.69
  • 2 Beef Barbacoa Seasoning Packets - $1.58
  • Lays Chips - $3.49
  • Beef Broth - $1.67
  • Pasta Sauce - $1.99
  • Tortillas - $1.25
  • Mini Diet Pepsis - $4.99
  • Ground Beef - $6.69
  • 2 Zucchinis - $1.69
  • Green Onion - $1.00
  • Sweet Potato - $1.22
  • Broccoli - $2.19
  • Cauliflower - $3.99
  • Spinach $2.49
  • Apples - $9.21
  • Bananas - $1.16
  • Digiorno Pizza - $8.99
  • 2 Chicken Biryani Frozen Meals - $11.98
  • Cheese Spread - $3.69
  • 2 Almond Milks - $5.34

Meal Prep

Breakfast - I have instant oatmeal packs as well as yogurt/granola already in the house for breakfast this week. I also already have coffee. The almond milk is for my coffee and the apples are for a mid morning snack.

Lunch - I'm going to be making beef ramen stir fry. This will incorporate some ramen noodles that I already have. I'll also make some steamed broccoli for on the side.

Snacks - The bananas, spinach, and almond milk are for smoothies. I also have some popcorn in the cupboard and some Kind bars. There's dark chocolate in the cupboards from my last thrive market order.

Dinner - I will be meal prepping burrito bowls for dinner. Depending on how many bowls I have ingredients for, I also bought two frozen dinners. I really enjoy the Chicken Biryani meal by Saffron foods. It's so good and it really fills you up.

Thoughts

The most expensive items I bought were the frozen dinners, the frozen pizza, and the junk food (chips and cheese spread). That is why I'm going to try to be better about meal prepping this year. It really is so much cheaper to prepare your own food.

Goals for Next Week

This week's total amount spent was $79 (It was an even number since I rounded up for charity). Next week I would like to decrease my budget to $60, and keep decreasing from there. I like that I bought a lot of fruits and vegetables this week that will be healthy and nourishing for meals this week. I'd like to continue that in my future grocery hauls.

Points

I scan all of my grocery receipts into the Ibotta app when I get home from my shopping trips. It's pretty cool. You get points for different purchases you make from different brands. On this shopping trip I got points for my Pepsi and Lays purchases.

*Drumroll Please*

I got 84 points for this grocery trip! 

That's not too shabby for me. I normally try to buy store brand for most items and so I don't normally get a lot of points. But every little bit counts!

You can find out more about Ibotta here if you're not already a member. I'm planning on savings up until I get a lot of points and then cashing them in for an Amazon gift card. :)


Have you done your shopping for this week? What will you be making for your meals? Do you like to plan ahead or no? Let me know in the comments section. 

xo Marian

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