Stone Soup for Five: We get to eat FANCY!

We get to eat FANCY!

So since Friday, I've been working with my Financial Queen friend on totally revamping our budget.  Without going into too much detail, we've been feeding our family of 5 on about 75 dollars a week, budgeted.  But in reality, it's been more like $75 one week $40 the next, back to $75, etc.  So not much.  

And it sucked.

It took a LOT of planning
putting yummy stuff back
next to no convenience foods (like box mac and cheese or sliced cheese)

My oldest and I would often play a game where we'd watch other people's carts and decide if we would want to trade carts with them.

He always chose the carts with chips, cold cereal, and snacks.
I was envious of the ones with loads of fresh fruits, veggies and meat.

BUT, we reworked the budget, and upped the grocery budget to $95 a week!
We're eatin' like KINGS now!!

Breakfasts and Lunches are the same--on an alternating schedule

Dinners are FANCY!

M: PW's Chicken Spaghetti (premade and frozen from last week), broccoli
W: Beef and bean bake, green beans
Th: PW beef stew with mushrooms (I skip the thyme).  YUM!  Fresh baked bread.
F: Homemade pizza, salad
S: tacos
Su: French dips, fries, veggies

M: Stuffed shells, garlic bread, broccoli
T:  Crockpot Chicken Gyros, homemade pita bread, salad
W: Italian Baked Bowties, salad, green beans
Th: Beef and broccoli loMein, rice, egg rolls
F: Homemade pizza
S:  Mexican cheese casserole
S: Rigatoni in the crockpot from Fix It and Forget It, pg 125

I had $190 to last the two weeks.  I'll still have to go back for milk and fresh veggies, but so far right on budget with buying all the prep food I need for these two weeks for $136.41.  

I'll be spending some at Costco too, but man, is it WAY more fun to shop with a realistic budget! 
Whoooo Hoooo!
Now on to pre-prep prep.

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