Hi friends! Happy Friday! Today is the start of my March Grocery Shopping On A Budget plan. Meal Planning, prepping and freezer cooking has changed and made my life so much easier when it comes to our family meals. Each month, I grocery shop on a budget and since we only have 10 more months until our family’s annual New Year’s trip, I need to watch every penny we spend. Each month I map out a grocery plan of what I need to buy from the grocery store. I have two stores that seem to work well for my family. Walmart and Raley’s. A few times last month, I didn’t feel like heading up the hill, so I made the short trip to Whole Foods here in town. They seem to be a bit more pricey since it’s a gated community grocery store and their selection isn’t the best thus offering fewer deals. So I don’t shop there very often.
March Grocery Shopping On A Budget
Shopping at Walmart
Today, I’ll be shopping at Walmart for 24 crock pot meals, a few regular dinners (meaning stove or oven), my weekly produce and my emergency pantry. I’m a bulk shopper and do believe in having an emergency pantry stocked with the necessary foods we may need in the event of an emergency. My husband thinks I’m crazy but you never know when an emergency or natural disaster might happen. Living in the sierra foothills, fires and evacuations do happen.
24 Crock Pot Meals
I’m excited to try these 24 crock pot meals. I’m doubling up on 12 recipes to make 24 and my budget for these meals is around $143. I believe I have all the spices I need for these recipes so my total might be a little less. I’ll let you know how I did later. Here’s the crock pot meals I’ll be making:
- Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops
- Slow Cooker Taco Chili
- Slow Cooker Honey Dijon Pork with Green Beans
- Slow Cooker Red Pepper Chicken
- Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken
- Slow Cooker Orange Ginger Chicken
- Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
- Slow Cooker Beef Roast and Carrots
- Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
- Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup
- Slow Cooker Garden Veggie Soup
- Peppered Steak
Now all these meals, I’ll try and re-vamp according to the 21 Day Fix Program as best as I can.
Regular Meals and Produce
I’ll buy some extra chicken for lunches and some ingredients I need for breakfast and snacks and of course our weekly produce which I normally buy at Raley’s. This weekend is extra special. Our son is currently taking Spanish and for his homework assignment he needs to prepare a 3-course meal for the family. The country he chose was Honduras. I’ll be buying whatever ingredients he needs for his meal and presentation. I’m excited and looking forward to it. Here’s what he has on the menu:
Main Course: Baleada -A quick and satisfying breakfast, lunch or evening meal, baleadas are thick flour tortillas folded over a variety of fillings. The most common filling for baleadas is a simple mix of beans, cheese and the Honduran-style sour cream known asmantequilla. He’ll probably make the tortillas but I’ll buy some just in case.
Side Dish: Honduran Enchiladas
Dessert: Tres Leches Cake
Stay tuned for more details on this night.
Emergency Pantry Foods From Augason Farms
The newer Walmart off Hwy 80 seems to be the one Walmart I can count on to have somewhat of a decent supply from Augason Farms. I’ve been doing this since last September or October and the shelf life of these food products is long lasting if the can remains unopened. I marked each can with the date of purchase and store in my pantry. Of course, our first month of trying the food products, was a taste testing phase. And I just continue to buy what our family likes and add in one new food item per month.
Here’s a list of what I buy:
- Moo’s Milk -Regular (It’s way better than the dry milk from the grocery store and tastes just like regular milk)
- Moo’s Milk -Chocolate (Only as a special treat)
- Cream of Wheat (Sometimes I prefer over oatmeal for breakfast)
- Chili Mix (Taste Test Result-Flavorful and will use as a last resort meal)
- Honey Powder (Haven’t tried yet, but should make a great sweetener)
- Sweet Corn (Haven’t tried yet -stock up item)
- Butter Powder (Haven’t tried yet-stock up item)
- Red/Green Bell Peppers (use in soups, chili or slow cooking dishes)
- Chopped Onions (use in regular cooking, but I always keep some fresh ones in freezer or pantry)
- Vegetable Blend (Haven’t tried yet-but should make for great soup)
- Banana Chips (whole family loves these as a special treat)
- Apple Chips (whole family loves)
- Pancake Mix (perfect for whipping up a quick breakfast)
- Spiff-e-Whip (It’s like whip cream -only as a special treat)
This is what we’ve tried and purchased so far. I’ll be doing a spreadsheet now to keep track of everything we have on hand. Of course I also keep on hand smaller canned goods.) Stay tuned for my March grocery shopping on a budget adventure.
Happy Friday, lovely friends!