September 30, 2013

Monday Meal Plan~ Week 3

This is my 3rd week posting the meal plans. I think I have worked out most of the kinks.. I try to post as much info as time allows, but if you have a specific question, please ask.. I will be happy to answer. Don't forget to choose the option to receive notifications to pots when you comment.. otherwise you may never know I answered! :)

I try to do bulk shopping once a month a  fill in weekly as needed. We do a pantry build, so we tend to buy large quantities of basic food items. This is not because we have a large family, although it helps, but this method also works great for smaller families and even single people. I like to shop sale/clearance items. I rarely use coupons. I will also include here random non-food grocery items, as I do include that in our budget. We have also been buying a bit extra to try to build up a bigger food storage. When the winter comes I like to be prepared for a bad storm etc.

Our Meal Plan
* snacks are usually cheese and crackers, pretzels, fruit/veggies, or fresh baked goods
*Sundays we fast one meal, the littles usually snack since they do not fast. ( its optional for everyone)
*we do have a small supplement of food from our garden. Its not a lot tho
*meals are subject to change without notice ;)

Our weekly menu is brought to you by Quinten, who is officially in charge of planning and preparing the majority of the family meals.

Sunday        B Breakfast Tacos
                    L/D Taco Salad

Monday       B  Yogurt Banana
                    L We treated the family to lunch
                    D Apple Pie.. 'cause that's how we roll sometimes

Tuesday       B  Oatmeal w/brown sugar
                    L  Chili cheese dogs
                    D  Cheese sandwiches

Wednesday  B  Oatmeal w/pineapple
                    L   PBJ sandwiches
                    D   Chicken Sandwiches

Thursday      B  Oatmeal
                    L   PBJ sandwiches
                    D  BBQ Elbow Mac

Friday          B  Oatmeal
                    L Tuna Pasta Salad
                    D Enchiladas

Saturday      B Chocoalte milk and granola bars
                    L PBJ ( we had a super busy week~ see the homestead journal)
                    D We had  hot dog and marshmallows over the campfire ( with green beans)

Shopping List (prices are per item)


4 5# bags sugar $2.28
2 heads fresh broccoli $1.50
2# bag carrots $1.69
1 head cabbage $.86
2 2# bag brown sugar $1.88
1 pkg baby wipes $1
3 boxes margarine .75
2 bags tortilla chips $1
1 pkg diapers $5.49
1 12pk quart canning jars $9.59
total $39.72

3 2 liter gingerale .87
1 shortening $3.59
1 ice cream $2.99
50# bag dog food $17.99

2 boxes popsicles .88
6.2 lbs grapes $10.45

2 3# onions $2
4+ lbs bananas .57lb
1 pack water bottles $2.79
2+ lbs roma tomatoes .99
2 pkg slice cheese $2
3 boxes margarine sticks .74
1lb butter $1.99
1 pkg  8 peanut butter cups ( hey the baby likes them) $1.25
1 bag potato chips $1.19
6 cans tuna .69
11 yogurt cups .40

Salvage Store 
5# bag sausage gravy $1.99
4 skor candy bars .25
6 milky way bars .35
60 variety granola bars .10
5 beef jerky sticks .45
21 1# boxes pasta .75
10 cans cranberry sauce .40
1 jar relish .75
4 bags marshmallow .50
2 cans shortening $2.75
11 bags sub bread 4 pk .25
7  hot dog buns .25
2 parm cheese $1.50
2 sm miracle whip .65
1 box hot coco .75
2 bottles olive oil $2.75
1 box micro popcorn $1
2 large cans blueberry pie mix 1.50
6 cans pineapple .75
1 bag fruity pebbles $1.25
2 rolls panty hose .50 ( to store onions)
6 cans strawberry soda .10
1 lg bag chips .75
3 small bags chips .50

Total week spending $188.34   Total month spending $678.24      Total year spending (9/8/13) $678.24

*If for some reason you think we aren't eating right, then no worries, just move along. I assure you my family is extremely healthy and our diet sustains my very energetic free range children.


  1. What is a pantry build? I'm single and eat crappily some of the time because I don't have the necessary ingredients to make something healthful.

    1. A pantry build is where you stock up on the basic items you use most. Its like your own little store in your home, you just have to replenish. Many of us are habitual eaters, we eat the same foods, so stock up on the basics, flour, sugar, pasta etc and you can make so many meals from the basic ingredients. The big plus is you generally have it on hand and take less trips to the store.

    2. This is what a quick search brought me.

      Ours is a bit disorganized right now, but I hope to do a blog post next month.

  2. Apple pie sounds good right about now!

    Here's my plan for the week.


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