Meal Plan Monday & Grocery Challenge Week #1 - June 20

I am very excited to participate in the All You Grocery Challenge during the next four weeks.  What I like about this challenge is that contestants won't be judged only on how much they spend, but also on creativity and healthy choices.  It is definitely going to take some creativity to stay on budget during our vacation next week!  Each family can spend $25 per person per week.  I am allowed $100 a week for my family of 4 {includes eating out}. 

I plan the meals for the week based on what I have on hand and the sales at the grocery stores.  Stockpiling is another way that I have been able to save on my grocery bill--I watch for sales on items that we use a lot and match the sale with a coupon and buy extra to keep in the cupboards.  This week I've included a list of my grocery purchases.  There are many ingredients that you won't see on the list because I already had them on hand in my stockpile!

Breakfast Biscuit Cups w/Turkey Bacon
Amish Baked Oatmeal--we tried this for the first time last week and loved it!

Grocery Purchases for Breakfast this week: 
  --Frosted Mini-Wheats for $1.75 each {used BOGO coupon from Vocalpoint
  --Bananas $.59/lb. and used $1 off Hannaford produce coupon. Total paid: $.99
  --Bagels 6 ct. paid $1.67 at the local bread outlet store

Ham Sandwiches, Yogurt, Sliced Strawberries
Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Grapes
Chicken Nuggets, Carrot Sticks
Dinner Leftovers

Grocery Purchases for Lunch this week:
  --Ham from the Deli paid $3.99
  --Grapes $1.29/lb. at Save-A-Lot
  --Loaf of Bread $1.00 at the local bread outlet store
  --Danimals Yogurt used $1.00 off coupon from 6/5 SS paid $1.00 at Walmart

    Spaghetti, Salad, Homemade Garlic Bread
    Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf, Sweet Potato Fries, Corn

    Simmered Chinese Chicken, Broccoli, Brown Rice

    BBQ Chicken Over Brown Rice, Peas, Coleslaw

    Potluck BBQ with friends.

    BBQ Chicken Sandwiches {use leftover BBQ chicken}, Coleslaw


   Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Pops w/Strawberries

Grocery purchases for Dinner this week:
  --Whole Wheat Spaghetti used $1.00 off Hannaford Nature's Place coupon. Paid $.39
  --Parmesan Cheese $2.99 at Hannaford {I forgot to pick this up at Save-A-Lot!}
  --Fresh Express Salad $1.00 at Save-A-Lot
  --Coleslaw Mix $1.00 at Save-A-Lot
  --Cucumber $.50 at Save-A-Lot
  --(2) Frozen Ground Turkey $1.00 ea. at Save-A-Lot
  --Whole Chicken $.99/lb at Save-A-Lot Total Paid: $4.20
  --BBQ Sauce used $1.00 off Hannaford My Essentials Product from 6/12 SS Total Paid: FREE
  --King's Hawaiian Sandwich Rolls used $1.00 off from 5/22 SS Total Paid: $1.00
  --Vanilla Yogurt Cup $.67
  --Strawberries 1 lb. $1.50 at Walmart

$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at  Menu Plan Monday