Okay, even though my goal is to spend $200/month on groceries, I budget $250 a month so that I can stock up at Sam's club every few months for random things that run out. Or if I don't go to Sam's club then I will stock up on meat or something in other ways. For example, I bought part of a cow from a farmer thinking it would end up being cheaper. Boy was I wrong. I spent $250 and it came out to around $5 a pound. (it was about the best beef I'd ever had, but we can't afford that right now) Then Zaycon foods came to town and I bought 40 pounds of chicken breasts for $65. That was back in October and I'm just now down to my last 4 breasts. I also have zero other meat of any kind. My freezers are empty.
I went to sam's planning on buying at least 10 pounds of chicken and hopefully finding a deal on some other meat as well. The chicken was a great price ($1.77/lb - unheard of here) and they had an okay price on ground beef so I went ahead and bought that too. ($3.28/pound - anything under $4 is awesome. I have NEVER seen it under $3 here, and I know my stuff)
After Sams club, I went to Aldi which happens to be across the street. and guess what I saw? CLEARANCE MEAT!!!!! I got out my calculator and it came out to $2.20/lb. for ground beef, roast, and steaks. I bought it all.
I've always been about spending extra now at a cheaper price than waiting and spending more later. I won't have to buy meat for a LONG time now. :) :) :)
Now on to the regular stuff.
There are some items that I will be reimbursed by from church because I bought them for an activity, about $20 or so.
I spent $125.48 on meat. That takes care of my extra $50/month from jan, feb, and part of march.
3 pounds tilapia
20.5 pounds ground beef
13 pounds chicken breast
6 pounds chicken leg quarters
10 pounds chuck roast
3.5 pounds sirloin steak
Total: 56 pounds of meat for an average of $2.25/lb.
The rest that is actually for us? $121. ouch. But if you look at the $14 bottle of honey that I won't have to buy for 6 months, and the $10 can of peanut butter that I ALSO won't have to buy for 6 months, etc, etc, etc. I actually don't feel too bad about it. but now I only have $79 for the rest of the month. hahaha! I basically have ALL the meat I'll need for the whole month and all the fruit my kids will eat for snacks. (apples and pears last FOREVER in the fridge)
Meals for the first part of February:
1st - Cafe Rio chicken tortilla soup
2 - Taco pizza and white bean rosemary chicken pizza
3 - ginger and cilantro tilapia with rice and salad
4 - Nacho pasta bake with veggies
5 - leftovers
6 - chicken with linguini, leeks, and tomatoes
7 - jambalaya with chicken and sausage, veggies
8 - leftovers
What I actually bought:
apples (9 pounds)
8 pounds oranges
6 pounds bananas
5 pounds pears