Effective Grocery Shopping!

I've been wanting to do a post on my blog about effective grocery shopping because it is something that took me a long time to learn and I'm sure there are other people out there who struggle just like I did. I used to go to the store every week and spend about 50 dollars a week and still not have things to make nice dinners every night and it was so unorganized and just not working for us or our wallet. Then my friend Katy told me about this miracle app that she had on her iPod called ziplist. It's seriously the greatest app ever and it really has saved my life. Basically what you do is you look up recipes that you want to make that week and then you can save them and then you can add the ingredients that you don't already have at your house to a grocery list, then you just keep doing that until you have all your meals for the week! I've been doing this for over a month now and I always have all my groceries for the week under $50. Which usually includes 5 dinners for the week (we have 1-2 nights for leftovers or take out) breakfast and lunch. I decided that it would be a good idea to show you the things that I'm going to make for Tonight, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (then we'll be in Idaho for the rest of the week for the holiday), along with the ingredients for each recipe, along with my grocery receipt so you can see how truly effective shopping this way can be!
2-4 tablespoons canola oil
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 large eggs, beaten
1/3 cup hot sauce (like Frank’s brand for hot wings, for instance)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4-5 chicken breast, thawed
8 oz Italian dressing (I used zesty)
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup honey (you can also use agave)
Sweet and Sour Chicken
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or tenderloins), cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken
  • 4 small chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 jalapenos, diced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 slices bacon

Then our last meal for the week is a recipe that I'm making myself, it's a quiche that involves milk, eggs, bacon, sausage, red, orange, and green bell peppers, and cheddar cheese, and a pie crust that I'm making from scratch cause I have all the ingredients already. (This is apparently Derek's dream quiche that I'm putting together special for him) 

Also I feel like this goes without saying but if there are only 2 people eating in your house, don't make the full  recipe, that's a waste of time, food, and money, so clearly a lot of these recipes I'm chopping in half to avoid the over doing it and over spending problem. 

Another great tip is building up your pantry. Grocery shopping will get cheaper and cheaper every time once you get the right spices and staple ingredients in you house. This week I only had to buy 15 things a the grocery store to make these dishes and breakfasts. I think that's killer awesome. Lets have a look at my receipt.

As you can see, the most expensive thing that I bought was 5lbs of chicken which cost a little over $10, that will last us for probably 1 1/2-2 weeks of meals, so I didn't really feel bad spending it. The rest of the stuff was just basic things for the recipes... peppers, milk, eggs, rice, garlic salt, pancake mix, honey, sausage, bacon, cheese, and juice. So I feel good about spending $40, getting 5 nights of dinner, and breakfast for the mornings and then the leftovers from dinner are lunch. 

I know that this might not be the most effective way of grocery shopping for you, but it's definitely helped me and my family out A LOT and I think it will help you too! The most important thing is getting those staple items in your pantry and then grocery shopping will just get easier and easier from there.

I'm going to continue showing my meal plan and receipts each week so that you can see, this really does work!

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