Went grocery shopping today; I went to one of the ethnic grocery stores in my neighborhood, as their prices tend to be less than the regular grocery stores. I bought:
2 lbs. Shrimp @ $4.49/lb = $9.09
2 bread rolls @ $.50 = $1.00
1 Papaya @ $.69/lb = $1.32
1 Cantaloupe @ $.49/lb = $1.29
2 Asian pears @ $.99/lb = $0.97
1 cabbage @ $.33/lb = $0.31
Snow peas @ $1.99/lb = $0.26
Carrots @ $.50/lb = $0.50
Green beans @ $.79/lb = $0.44
1 cucumber = $0.34
1 can Chocolate powder = $3.69
1 package raw cashews = $3.46
1 package sesame crackers = $2.30
So my total for groceries so far in February is $19.66 + $24.97 = 44.63.
Balance remaining in my February grocery budget: $75 - $44.63 = $30.37
The shrimp was a splurge, but it was on sale and I bought extra to freeze. I cooked some of the shrimp, tonight, and had for dinner. I will cook the rest tomorrow and package for the freezer.
I am planning to make a stir fry with the snow peas and some of the carrots (along with a can of baby corn that I have in my cabinet and a chicken breast half from the freezer); served with rice, the stir fry will provide 3 or 4 meals during the week. I am also planning to have a few salads during the week, too. Not a very specific meal plan, but it works for me.
How are you doing with your grocery budget? Do you make detailed menu plans?