I find reading other bloggers menu plans and grocery hauls to be so helpful, which is why I enjoy doing them so much on my site as well! It can be inspiring when I am currently lacking inspiration, plus I’m a planning/organizing/budgeting freakazoid so it’s just plain enjoyable for me. Yes, I’m that much of a dork. I reorganize things that I just finished organizing, because clearly the first time was a trial run to prepare for the real organization…I know…don’t judge me. Let my hyper type A organizational problem work for you! I figured recapping the entire month’s grocery spending might be just as helpful as the initial trip to the store because, inevitably, I am having to go back to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and Diet Cokes. Plus I want to rehash the meals I prepared and let you know what we liked, didn’t like, and if I cooked all of those meals that were in my original menu. You can find my May menu plan here. Let me break it down now.
- May Grocery Budget: $325.00
- Amount Spent on First Trip: $238.48
- End of Month Total: $379.10
- Overage: $54.10
Now let’s move on to the meals. I’ve decided to break it down into four separate categories of those meals that are so good you go back for thirds, meals that we really enjoy but don’t ravenously devour like starving dogs, meals we flat out didn’t care for, and those meals I simply didn’t get around to cooking.
- Basil Chicken Hash*
- Panda Express Copycat Black Pepper Chicken*
- Quick Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Crockpot Barbacoa Brisket*
- Blackened Salmon
- Pecan Crusted Chicken*
- Cabbage Soup*
- Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole*
- Beef Taco Pie
Didn’t Make It
- Crock Pot Pork Butt
- Buffalo Quinoa Burgers
I usually don’t end the month with so many outstanding new meals to add to my repertoire, but I’m certainly not complaining! That taco pie though…just nope. Very little flavor and I just didn’t care to retry it to remedy some of the flaws I found with it. As for the meals I didn’t make I simply move them onto the next month’s menu. I hope you found this post helpful and I will see you again in a few days for the June menu.
* I have not yet added these recipes to my blog, but I do plan to in the near future. I might just do a recipe round up one day, so I don’t have to bore you with recipes 3 or 4 days of the week.