Monday, January 11, 2010

Grocery Store Confessional

As luck would have it, today is Monday. Hello? Grocery day!

I'm just going to come right out with it:

$69.13

So, it seems that $70 may be my magic number. And I can handle that. This week included a $5 value pack of razors and 12 rolls of Charmin, for mercy's sake.

Cory had a late meeting tonight, so we met him for a $11 dinner at Wendy's. Live a little, right? Any way you spin the dial, I'm feeling good about coming in under my $350 budget for the month.

Here's what we'll be eating for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: Roast chicken with orzo and zucchini
Wednesday: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans
Thursday: Chicken artichoke pizza* that I didn't end up making last week
Friday: Spaghetti with this marinara, salad and bread

We'll also be digging in to these.

There is typically a bushel of leftovers for us to eat on Saturdays and Sunday for lunch. And almost every Sunday evening will find us at Cory's mom and dad's house, along with the rest of his family. (We're lucky ducks and we know it!)

Oh, and I did end up springing for 2 bags of Santitas White Corn Tortilla Chips this week. (Seriously, how many times do I have to type all of that out before they start sending me some? Santita - You've never met a more loyal fan. I will never leave you, nor forsake you. ps - Love the way you rock that peasant blouse. You make me want to toss a tropical flower behind my ear.)

(Swoony belt, huh? Got it from the gal who knows me best, my true blue Sarah.)

Woah, mama. I do love menu planning. And Santitas White Corn Tortilla Chips. And The Bachelor. Gotta run!

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Chicken Artichoke Pizza
Mix one envelope of Tastefully Simple "Warm the Oven" dip mix with 1 block of softened cream cheese. Spread over a Boboli crust. (Sorry ya'lls, the generic crust just doesn't light my fire.) Top with shredded or cubed cooked chicken breasts, drained and chopped artichoke hearts, chopped roma tomatoes and fresh grated parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 until warm throughout.
Yumalicious.

41 comments:

  1. I've been trying to do what you're doing. But honestly I don't know how you get your grocery bill so low. I'm doing something wrong. I did plan meals though last week and this week and I did get the groceries today so I'm still growing right? And I LOVE the belt!

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  2. That recipe looks delicious!!! And I meant to e-mail you because I saw a commercial over the weekend that there was a show for meals $10 and under...but for the life of me cannot remember what time or channel...I wanted to watch it myself after your wonderful posts ...and what a great belt too!!!

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  3. Could your best friend become my best friend? Because I love me that belt buckle and would like her to send me one, too. If you please!?

    Lisa

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  4. That belt rocks the Kasba~ and so does making a menu plan,I thick I need to get my rear in gear and be a bit more organized,,,menu plan here I come..maybe I will even snag a recipe or two! Happy Monday:)

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  5. I want those cookies NOW!!! Heart the belt. Still in awe of your grocery bill? Amazing. Maybe it's location? Our grocery store prices in Northern Arizona are astronomical. I do need to try plan meals a little better.

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  6. Oooh...that pizza sounds delish...and easy! I think I'm gonna make me some of that cheesey goodness! Oh, yeah!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  7. The belt is cute, but you are ADORABLE! Love your enthusiasm about your grocery bill and my soulmate wishes I were more excited about mine. For now I will just live vicariously through your blog, and blunder through my bi- weekly shopping tortures.
    By the way, anyone who loves chips this much does not deserve to be this thin! Hahahaha!;)
    Love ya!
    Rhonda

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  8. You are so stinkin' cute with your chips. Do you ever make your own? Once I went homemade, I can't bear to buy a chip. Do you plan according to what's on sale, or do you just go with what you want? Curious minds want to know. Oh, and did you see the drama on the Bachelor last night!?

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  9. Great job on the grocery! You are definitely inspiring me to try to do better on ours!
    I caught the Bacelor last night for the first time this season... some of these girls are crazzzzy! Seriously. So fun to watch!
    We do Sunday dinners with the whole family too. It's such a nice way to start/end a week.
    Great menu!

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  10. You are THE cutest!! I completely share your enthusiasm for grocery shopping on a budget AND advance meal planning! I am making your pizza -- it sounds amazing.

    Do you plan your menus based on sales at the grocery or on what you and your family want to eat?

    Make it a great day!

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  11. You look great in those skinny jeans holding that big bag of chips! Congratulations with staying on budget. You are amazing. All the best, Lori

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  12. So glad you put up your menus again for the week. I am going to make the Tortellini Soup from last week.. yummy. But that pizza.. you had me at melted cream cheese. Oh yeah! That belt buckle is RAD.

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  13. You deserve an award for spending so little and getting razors and tp to boot!

    That is a swoony belt! Perfection!

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  14. I'm a daily blog reader, but have never gotten up the nerve to comment. I'm going to try that pizza. I just happen to be a Tastefully Simple consultant, so surely I can find some of that dip mix on my shelf!!!! If anyone needs to order, you can go out to my website www.tastefullysimple.com/web/ckiser. Your order will be delivered right to your home. Blessings - Carrie Kiser in Illinois

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  15. I'm good with the monthly budget, but I can NOT stick to a menu. No matter how hard I try, it just doesn't seem to happen. (of course, I only MAKE said menu about once every 5 or 6 weeks....)That may be my problem...

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  16. For a minute there I was thinking you only had 5 days in your week. Maybe I can eat at my neighbor's house a couple of days a week to save money...hmmm. Love, love your new belt. It's swoonerific. Love that picture of you. You are so gorgeous!

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  17. How do you make a grocery and menu post so stinkin' funny? I just LOVE your energy! And you belt buckle too for that matter. Hmm, Santitas. Maybe I'll give them a try. I don't think I've had them since college. There is a tortilla factory across from my hubby's work, so we just get fresh chips and tortillas there if we're in the mood for Mexican.

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  18. I too wanna learn from you, I $pend way more money than needed at the grocery,wow if you can budget $350. month and feed four my hat goes off to ya,..I am going to try and follow your lead, you are incredible.

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  19. How do you do it? I could never eat the Santitas AAAAAAAnd rock the belt!

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  20. yummmmmy!!
    & i LOVE the belt!
    you are too cute

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  21. Learning how to stay within a budget in the grocery store is an art form!! We're a family of four and you've inspired me to get my butt in gear and get back to menu planning.

    Good job and Great belt!

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  22. I'll be over at 5:30 for dinner! I figured I could save me some money that way! :) You make me want to be a better person...ok, wait that is a little extreme, you make me want to be a better cook and mom...ok revert back to person! amen. :)

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  23. Did I see mashed potatoes on your menu? Egads! Does Cory have a dinner meeting that night? :)

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  24. what a cutie pie you are...and i am in love with your belt...darling...

    and me too..i love sanritas.... and i am making the pizza btw

    more later,
    kary
    xxx

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  25. Way to go, great job. Your menu looks yummy - want'a come over to my house a whip up a few of your yumm-yumms for us?

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  26. Thought about this post as I browsed my grocery store today. Tried to stick to my list, and still came in over $70 with only about 3 meals and other odds and ends. Going to check out my local dented can store to see if I can lower my bill a bit. Thanks for all the tips!

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  27. I am so jealous, first of all that you only spent $70 at the grocery store (ours was $270 this week) and that you can eat oatmeal cookies and still be that thin. I have a love/hate thing going with you right now!

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  28. Okay, can I just say I usually buy Santitas. Then this week I went to Sam's and they had some other brand for less. Boy did I overestimate the power of a good tortilla chip. No more of that, Santitas it will always be!

    Don't get me started on how cheesy On The Wings of Love was last night...it was like a train wreck...couldn't take my eyes off of it.

    Love the buckle!

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  29. Yum on the pizza and the belt! Are the artichokes marinated or in water? I must make it - sounds delish....where does one find the dip mix?
    I think I will finally try the Santita's. The repetition has worn me down. It's going to be hard to beat my Costco Kirkland Organic chips though.
    And I want a cookie....now!

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  30. Okay now I will have to try those chips so...they really should pay you!

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  31. Artichokes are in water. Great question, T!)

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  32. Ooooo, girl...gotta love that buckle...so very MPG-ish. You look so cute with your chips :)

    How do you budget so well? Good grief, I bought salso at Whole Foods today and didn't see it was $5.94 until I got it home...it was fresh and all...but COME ON! So embarassing to be such a spender at the market.

    If could learn a thing or two from you...maybe I can have you on speaker phone as I go up and down the aisles at the store...maybe with a "Time Life books" headset...you think people would stare? You seeing this picture? I am!
    oxox
    L

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  33. In case you were wondering....we, do indeed, call it SALSA in the NW...not Salso.
    :)
    L

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  34. you totally crack me up. i am just having a ball reading your blog and keeping up with your adventures. and i was so going to ask for the artichoke pizza recipe! ha! wonder what i could use in place of that seasoning packet???? sounds delicious! :) we have a fave pizza place down here that makes a pizza called beckon desire...it is smothered with gorgonzola cheese, red onions and artichoke hearts! OH.MY.WORD!!!! i have died and gone to heaven.

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  35. Let's just skip the chase and to the important bits. I love that people are loving the rockin' belt I got you. Whoo-hoo, it's lifting gift-giving self-esteem. You just can't ever be sure...I thought I had nailed it. I do think it could have been a bit bigger and chunkier, but whatever!

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  36. ps. that comment was nowhere as good as my first one that got lost, sorry!

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  37. I'm making this the menu for this week

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  38. I am also looking for the dip! I can't find a dip called "Warm the Oven" on the Tastefully Simple website. There is a dip called Artichoke and Spinach Warm dip mix- is that it?? I would loooove to make this soon!!

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  39. hubs and i made the pizza tonight. DYING from how delish it is!! i substituted Knorr's vegetable recipe mix for the Tastefully Simple one and it was scrumptious. i blogged about it, talking a little bit about you and your blog too!! http://mrandmrsmanis.blogspot.com/2011/01/mm-mm-good.html

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