It’s been such an odd, rainy summer here in North Carolina. Saturday night we met our friends at Dandelion Market in Charlotte and I actually wore BOOTS because I was so chilly.
With our food budgeting, going out to eat has felt more like a treat (as it should) and we are still saving a lot of money. But when we are out, we don’t hold back. Martinis, a trio of dips, avocado and crab salad…
It was a delicious and fun night out sans kids!
Why yes, that IS a penis hat on the far right.
Oh, and real quick before I get to this week’s meal plan and budget, locals- Lake Norman Tavern (MILFS), is now serving breakfast on the weekends. We were impressed with the oversized omelets, friendly service and fair prices.
OK, grocery budget. I first need to mention that last week I went off the deep end at the grocery store. I needed ingredients to experiment with, trail mix components for my WCCB segment and a few odds and ends like oranges, Applegate Farms chicken nuggets, wine and David’s fancy beers (Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA that cost $10 for a six pack!). Total, we deducted $60.19 from the grocery budget, leaving us with just $191.00 left for the month.
However, I didn’t want to stress about it. In fact, after a health presentation I attended Saturday with my friends Kelly and Brooke, I felt recommitted to buying high-quality food, even if it cost a bit more. So I made my list…
and headed to Healthy Home Market.
Sunday– Pork BBQ (from freezer), sautéed kale, sliced tomatoes and roasted potatoes
Monday– Mexican layered bowls with chicken and vegetables
Tuesday– Chicken with a lemon caper sauce, garlic green beans and sliced tomatoes
Wednesday– Burgers, grilled corn, roasted broccoli
Thursday– Lentil Chili and Salad
Friday– Steak, baked sweet potatoes and salad
Local Grass-Fed Sirloin $6.48, Local Grass-Fed NY Strip $10.79, Natural Chicken Breasts $6.14, Natural Chicken Tenders $5.21, Free Range Eggs $3.49, Organic Vanilla Half and Half $2.39, Organic Whole Milk Vanilla Yogurt $3.49, Organic Sour Cream $3.39
Quickly, let me point out the important of knowing your stores and comparing prices. I found grass-fed (local) beef at Healthy Home Market for $1 cheaper than Target, yet the same Cabot cheese was almost $3 cheaper at Target than Healthy Home Market.
Back to the Healthy Home Market haul…
Organic Pickles $5.39, Bag of Organic Oranges $5.99, Organic Vegetable Broth $1.69, Blue Diamond Almond Milk $2.69, Cashew pieces $2.10, Organic Lentils $2.47, Organic Black Beans $1.18
Local Organic Blueberries $2.99 each, Organic Green Leaf Lettuce $2.99, 4 cups pitted dates $5.54, Organic Onion $1.73, Organic Green Pepper $1.57, Organic Red Pepper $2.28, Organic Portobello Mushroom $2.10, Organic Sweet Potatoes $3.56
After I got what I could at Healthy Home Market, I stopped by Josh’s, our local farmers market.
And finally, I swung by Target.
Organic Broccoli $2.89, JIF Natural $2.79, Jalapenos $1.67, Cilantro $0.99, Cabot Cheese $2.74
Healthy Home Market $98.32
Weekly Total $117.57
Back at home, I wondered how I ever survived without my salad spinner.
And prepped greens, black beans, brown rice, broccoli and leftover carrots and celery for the week.
Nothing makes me feel more prepared than a clean, stocked fridge. We chowed down outside, and relaxed before another busy week.
Ok, meal planners, what’s on your menu this week?
Did you prep any foods yesterday?