CNC Meal Plan: Week of June 24

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Hi, guys! Happy Sunday!

As you know, Mal and I shopped at BJ’s last weekend with the hope of saving money on our groceries. We stocked up and saved on a few things (canned beans, tuna, and TP), but we’re already in need of a trip to the grocery store. It’s like we didn’t even shop at a wholesale club! Meh. I guess that way of shopping just isn’t for us. Plus, even after visiting BJ’s, we still needed to hit up Fresh Market to buy a few more things. Personally, I think we can save more money shopping at Stop & Shop/Fresh Market and taking advantage of sales and coupons than we can at BJ’s. Anyway”¦

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Here’s this week’s dinner menu:

Shopping list:

  • Bananas
  • Chicken
  • Green bell pepper
  • Hummus
  • Carrots
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Cottage cheese
  • Egg whites
  • Greek yogurt
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Eggs
  • Salad greens
  • Avocados
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Oranges
  • Canned tuna
  • Deli turkey
  • Whole wheat wraps

*My shopping list doesn’t include all of the ingredients necessary to make the above meals. For a complete list, please see the individual recipes linked above.

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22 Comments

    1. @CampingGirl: My boyfriend and I have a membership to Costco and it’s definitely worth it. We buy specific things there every time (bulk soap, giant bag of broccoli, frozen goods, etc) and also get food for our cat. I highly recommend it, especially if you have a pet.

      And yeah, the tab is pretty high (we pay upwards to $100) but the things we buy last us at least one month and the toiletries/cat food last us 2-3 months. I’d rather buy certain things there than have to buy them every week at Publix.

    2. @CampingGirl: My husband & I have a BJ’s membership and it’s totally worth it for the two of us! Staples like bread, milk & eggs are half the cost compared to the grocery store. We also buy big tubs of organic greens for $5, big tubs of plain Chobani & organic frozen berries for smoothies, deli meat, cheese, hummus, nuts, chicken breasts, ground turkey, fruits & veggies. Not to mention toliet paper & paper towels! Only need to go to a grocery store for some ingredients, unique items or smaller quantities, but I don’t mind for the money and trips we save.

    3. @CampingGirl: I’ve got a Costco membership and it’s just ME! The way I go through produce, it’s the only way I can afford to eat. Plus I can get organic meats there for half of what I would pay elsewhere. There’s also the savings on clothing, computing and sporting goods to keep in mind, not to mention discounts on traveling and things like tires. I save a TON there every year!

  1. I have to agree with you regarding shopping at BJ’s and the like. You walk out of there after paying a very large tab and have absolutely zip for meals and have to go the a regular market and drop more dollars. It just isn’t worth it – at least not for me.

  2. I prefer Costco allll the way. I work there, but I promise that’s not why I think it’s awesome =]

    They have tons of organic produce and frozen berries and veggie burgers and all kinds of things! You can go preview the store without having to sign up if you stop in at the membership counter first and tell them you want to look around.

  3. BJs is awesome for bulk stuff and staples but probably not worth it for two! FYI Hannafords is way cheaper than Stop&Shop, has a gorgeous produce section and is really close in Norwell!

  4. My husband and I did the same experiment to try to save money on food, and we came to the same conclusion–you just end up spending more. I think it might be good for stocking up on toiletries though.

  5. I have two kids and honestly, I don’t feel like shopping at Wholesale places saves us much money at all. My kids get tired of the food before it can even be finished off. I do prefer Costco over Sam’s because there tends to be more organic and healthy options there.

  6. Join Costco! Seriously, best wholesale store ever. I would never have joined BJ’s or Sams’s, but Costco is THE best. Not sure if you wear contact lenses, but I wear expensive ones and I can get by far the best price there as well!!!

  7. Tina I need your help on tortilla shopping. What brand do you buy? I recently moved and can not find the ones I used before. I am looking for healthy ones for wraps etc. The ingredient list is crap on many of them. Maybe you know one that has a higher nuval rating. If you or your readers could recommend one to try that would be supper.

    1. I like the Joseph’s brand wraps. They’re high in fiber and protein and don’t have a super crazy list of ingredients.

  8. This is the same reason I don’t shop at wholesale stores!!! Sometimes I’ll go with a friend who has a membership just to buy TP, paper towels, peanut butter, and frozen chicken breasts (lots and lots of chicken breasts) but then I still have to go to the regular grocery store for everything else! It’s too annoying to shop at a wholesale store for everything…

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