$138 A Week For Groceries - THE LAST MEALS POST! (Hallelujah!!!)

This is it. The last meal post of this month-long grocery budget diary. 'Twas loverly not to have to pick up a pen or camera every time we ate last weekend. :)

Yogurt Brined Fried Chicken

Just a few comments before I get into the meals and then work on the wrap-up analysis, which is my favorite part of these grocery diaries:

- I realize that living in a generally metropolitan area of Southern California, I probably have greater access to a wide variety of ingredients at lower prices than most people in the US. With the exception of a few ethnic pantry ingredients that are easily purchased online, I've tried to keep my shopping to ingredients and products that are fairly accessible in mosts part of the country so that this diary and the dishes in it are relatable.

- I also know that not everyone (ok, not most people, even) have the same time, energy, and inclination for cooking that I do. And in that way, I'm sure this diary has been somewhat unrelatable to many. But I do hope that I've shared some ideas and recipes that anyone can find helpful.

- Whenever I do these diaries, I realize that I am woefully lacking in tactics, gimmicks, formulas, and systems to make what I do seem easier than it is, but I'm ok with this. What I strive and hope to provide is a dynamic and reasonable thinking person's approach to cooking and eating, in which an intelligent, healthful, balanced and delicious kind of frugality is a prime directive.

Hopefully I've achieved some combination of the above with this project (and this blog in general).

And on to the last meals...


For me and Izz, peanut butter and banana. For the boys, cereal.

BREAKFAST TOTAL (2 adults, 1 teen, 1 toddler): $2.18


Joey took his usual juice pouch and apple and came home and had a banana and a bowl of cereal. Dean bought lunch out. That was twice last week - unusual for us.

Izz and I had leftover fridge cleanout soup and rice.

Izz's serving.

My serving.

And then we had some Wheat Thins with peanut butter and Nutella. (A full serving's worth. We refilled the dish.)

LUNCH TOTAL (1 adult, 1 teen, 1 toddler): $2.46


was Yogurt Brined Fried Chicken...

...with Mashed Potatoes and watermelon...

...and a modified version of my Broccoli Raisin Slawlad - minus the raisins because I didn't have any, and with yogurt instead of mayo because I ran out of mayo...

...and some Lofthouse Cookies for dessert.

As a reminder, Mads joins us on Friday afternoons, so she was here for dinner.

DINNER TOTAL (2 adults, 2 teens, 1 toddler): $12.07

MEALS DAY 28 TOTAL: $16.71

I still have a fried chicken recipe and a wrap up post to write, so I'm outta here. :)


This post is part of my 30 Day Grocery Budget Diary. To see all the posts of this series in reverse chron order, click HERE.

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