Grocery Budget Challenge & GIVEAWAY!!


The other day my sister-in-law asked me if it was expensive to cook the way I do.

I was shocked {for a couple of reasons}!!

By cooking and planning my meals the way I do, I am actually saving money! Not only do I save, but I am also making healthy choices for me and my family.

That made me think…

I want to challenge everyone out there to meal planning and budgeting! Look over your finances and find a weekly amount you can allot towards groceries.

Here’s the hard part….

Stick to it!

My budget is $100 a week for all my groceries and eating out. (Not including dates…those have a separate category on our budget!)

Every week I sit down and write out my menu for the week. (I try to plan it according to what I have on hand, so I am spending the least amount at the store)

{Want one of your own?? Keep reading!!}

Sunday- Surf and Turf Skewers with Roasted Corn on the Cob, Peppers and Onions

Monday- Halibut Ceviche

Tuesday- Greek Chicken Orzo Skillet

Wednesday- Pasta with Homemade Turkey Meatballs

Thursday- Chili Chicken Stir Fry

Friday-  Left overs

Saturday- Breakfast burritos with Fresh Fruit

Finally I get a list pad and make my grocery list, and off I go!

So far this week I am at $63.81 {Not too bad!}
To start off the challenge right you’ll need a Dinner Menu Board! The one shown above is similar to the one I use (mine has green apples on it).
I am giving away not one, but
TWO Dinner Menu Boards!
They have magnets on the back to stick to your fridge so you always know :”What’s for Dinner?” !!
They each come with a magnetic dry erase pen, so you can use your board over and over again!
All you have to do is:
1. Become a Follower {If you’re not already}
2. Leave a Comment telling me what your favorite sweet treat is!
Want more chances to win??
Tell others by either blogging, facebook or tweeting and link them back to my blog!
Giveaway closes next Monday (7/11) night at Midnight!
I’ll announce the winners Tuesday (7/12)!
Good Luck!! 


  1. i used a book called "once a month cooking" that saved me so much money when the kids were younger and alot of time. it impacts one total weekend with shopping and precooking and freezing stuff but what a difference it made. love your ideas. enjoyed the kitchen item swap. thanks. love you!!!

  2. forgot the most important part, my favorite treat is probably fatso bars, followed closely by dirt pie (see's is always a great hit too)

  3. larzipan says:

    I just use a sheet of paper, but those look so cute! I would only add one suggestion, I have to have breakfast and lunch slots too so I make sure to get enough groceries for those and so I don't have to think when I wake up in the morning what to make!

  4. Rebecca says:

    I really need a menu organizer. Those look so cute too. My fav treat is tres leche cake. Yummy

  5. Krystal and Brad Cooley says:

    My fav sweet treat is pumpkin pie!

  6. The Gierish's says:

    My favorite treat would probably have to be…..snickerdoodle cookies from Paradise Bakery!

  7. Krystee says:

    My favorite treat is key lime pie. Yum!

  8. I'm a new follower! Glad I found your site!!

    beckyfdavis at comcast dot net

  9. My favorite sweet treat today is creme brulee. Too bad the kitchen torch scares the crap out of me so I can't make it for myself.

    beckyfdavis at comcast dot net

  10. My favorite sweet treat is Brownies a la mode with HOT fudge!! I'm a chocolate fan!

  11. Hey, met you today at the garage sale! Loved the cookies. My kids were so pleasured when I returned to the car with treats instead of another basket.

    My ABSOLUTE favorite dessert, to date, is flourless chocolate cake. My friend made it on the 4th, and I not only got goosebumps, but shed a little tear. It was not dessert, it was an experience. The end of the search if you love chocolate…and I do.

  12. CountryBelle says:

    I'm a new follower. Love your dinner ideas!! I'm going to have to "borrow" your dinner menu because I am sooo not creative when it comes time to think up ideas!! My favourite sweet treat…Laffy Taffy!

  13. Hey…this is garage sale girl again…the one with the 4 screaming kids in the car…my blog is I forgot to put it on my last post, so thought you could see my ideas.
    See ya!

  14. Katie's Krazy Klan says:

    Already a follower (of coarse)! How do a choose a fav sweet treat?! Anything with peanut butter and chocolate together is HEAVEN!! Chocolate fountain ranks up there, blizzards from DQ, OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!! There's a challenge for you. I've been looking for the "perfect" Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe. Soft, oat-ie, not too much cinnamon, no nuts, fluffy-not flat! cookies that don't harden after a day. THere's a challenge for you sista!

  15. Todd and Brandy says:

    Hey! I love your blog. I told my family about it too so they can check it out. My favorite sweet treat is ice cream! I have many many more though.

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