Budget Grocery Haul and Menu Plan Number One

Get a peek on what we buy at the grocery store and how I cook it.
Budget Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

The tag line here on Cookin’ Mimi is budget friendly recipes and more for families but budget friendly means different things to different people. So, I am bringing you a new feature.

Two of my favorite reads are Grocery Geek on Good Cheap Eats and What We Ate This Week on Our Budget at Family Balance Sheet because it’s a good look at what budget friendly means to their families.

I am sharing what we’ve purchased at the grocery store here on the blog every other Saturday-ish. We shop every 15 to 20 days depending on our schedule.

My goal for shopping is $100 to $110 every two weeks. I don’t always hit that mark but I need to get back to consistently getting under budget.

This is not a typical trip because we spent a little under $65 which is fairly low.

I am only feeding two adults most of the time. The older auntlings are here a couple of weekends a month during the school year and the youngest who is a toddler is here a few times a week. Not often enough to make a permanent fixture in the grocery budget figuring.



  • 3 pound container sour cream $4.74
  • Fresh Dill $1.98
  • Fresh ginger $1.00
  • Salmon $2.18
  • 3 packs ham luncheon meat $0.68 each
  • Bologna  $1.00
  • 32 slices American cheese $4.64
  • 3 candy bars, a rare splurge $3.00

Total $21.52


  • 2 gallons milk $2.29 each
  • 1/2  gallon buttermilk $1.59
  • 48 oz canola oil $1.79
  • 2 loaves white bread $0.65 each, they were on markdown
  • 2 1/2 pounds smoked sausage links $3.89
  • 2 heads iceberg lettuce $0.89 each
  • 2 heads cabbage $1.39 each
  • 3 pack multi colored bell pepper $1.49
  • 2 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese blocks $1.69 each
  • 1 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese block $1.69
  • 2 diced tomatoes $0.55 each
  • 1 chipotles in adobo $0.99
  • 1 tomato paste $0.39
  • 1 large can pinto beans $1.19
  • Corn tortillas $1.39
  • Mayonnaise $1.89
  • Egg noodles $1.29
  • 2 cans green beans $0.49 each
  • 2 pounds sweet onions $1.69
  • 2 cinnamon churros $0.89 each

Total $41.91


Grand total : $63.43
Looking for some inspiration for inexpensive recipes? Check out my budget grocery haul and menu plan.
In case you are wondering where the meat is; we have meat in our freezer. There is chicken, pork chops, fish filets, 2 kinds of already cooked pulled pork and some other things that I can’t recall right now. Since there are only two of us and the family packs of meat are almost always what are on sale it’s easy to have a decent stash of meat in the freezer for weeks like this.

What we are eating:


  • Eggs and toast
  • Peanut butter toast
  • Pancakes
  • Zucchini coconut muffins
  • Banana Cinnamon muffins
  • Sour cream coffee cake


  • Leftovers
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Lunch meat sandwiches
  • Tuna fish sandwiches
  •  Peanut butter sandwiches


  • Chicken spaghetti, salad, homemade rolls
  • Chicken enchiladas,  refried beans
  • Poppy Seed chicken, rice, a green vegetable
  • Pancakes. I’ve started making pancakes on Saturday night and the leftovers become Sunday morning breakfast.  I’ve been making some 100% whole wheat pancakes but here is my recipe for traditional buttermilk pancakes  
  • Cajun pintos and sausage, southern style cornbread, and fried potatoes. 
  • Leftover Cajun pinto beans and sausage over rice with fried cabbage
  • Sausage, cabbage, and noodles
  • Salmon patties, which are bun less salmon burgers, homemade jalapeño and Dill tartar sauce, salad and potatoes
  • Slow cooker chicken taco soup and fixins
  • Tostadas made with homemade refried beans
  • Loaded bean burritos with homemade flour tortillas 
  • Almost paella, salad, vegetable
  • Breaded fish filets, tartar sauce, potatoes, and a vegetable

Most of the recipes that don’t have a link will be coming to the blog at some point.

This post may be linked at these fabulous blogs as well as Weekend Potluck.

What are some of your favorite inexpensive eats?


  1. I have a strange fascination with other people’s shopping trips. I guess, like you, I appreciate seeing how others define “budget” and how they stick with that. So, of course, I love this new feature!

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