Weekly Meal Plan & Groceries from Whole Foods {Week 6}

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Hi, guys!

So, this is the final week of my grocery budget experiment. I had another successful shopping at Whole Foods and came in under budget, so my plan is to continue to shop there on a weekly basis with a trip to Trader Joe’s probably about once a month to stock up on certain items that tend to be cheaper there (i.e. nut butter, almond flour).

I have to admit, I’m actually really surprised that Whole Foods can be so affordable. Of course, there are lots of tips and tricks for shopping at Whole Foods on a budget, but I thought they would take a lot of time, effort, and planning, which wasn’t the case in my experience. It was actually easy to save money if I put in the effort! My meal planning and coupon cutting maybe takes me 10 minutes each week, and it’s definitely time well-spent. That said, here’s this week’s grocery shopping and meal plan!

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Total: $75.29

This week’s meal plan:

  • Sunday: Tofu Edamame Nuggets + steamed spinach + sweet potato fries
  • Monday: Savory Baked Chicken Legs (from Practical Paleo) + grilled asparagus
  • Tuesday: Chicken lettuce wraps
  • Wednesday: Ground turkey, kale, and sweet potato pasta
  • Thursday: Homemade pizza
  • Friday: Quesadillas
  • Saturday: Out to dinner

Sunday Monday prep:

Questions of the Day

Are you participating in my Cookbook Challenge? If so, what cookbooks are you breaking out this week?

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  1. It’s unbelievable to me that you were able to get such great deals with only about 10 min of planning! That’s definitely inspiring to me that maybe we can do more shopping at WF.
    Question–this doesn’t seem to include breakfast or lunch (or does it and I’m totally missing it?). And what about snacks?
    Yes, thanks for the reminder about the cookbook challenge! Breaking into the gigantic “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” cookbook by Bittman that my brother got me for Christmas. (We’re not vegetarian, but are light on the meat and my brother said this is just an amazing all-around cookbook). This is right in line with one of my New Year’s goals, so it will help keep me motivated!

  2. My husband has actually been doing the cookbook challenge! He made an amazing quiche on Saturday for brunch and chicken enchiladas last night. I love that it is encouraging him to cook more often 🙂

  3. Super pumped for the cookbook challenge! Time to do some planning. I’ll be using my two newest ones: Oh She Glows and Sprouted Kitchen.

  4. What a great idea to experiment with your grocery budget like that. I should do the same with stores in my area.

    I am receiving Angela’s cookbook (Oh She Glows) in the mail tomorrow, so I hope to experiment with cooking from that for the challenge.

  5. Such a timely post. We went to Whole Foods for the first time in a long time yesterday (it’s a little bit of a trek from our house), and I would love to make it more of a go-to place. I was surprised we didn’t break the bank on groceries for the week by including that as one of our stops. I’m looking forward to going back and reading more about shopping there on a budget. Thanks!

  6. Your series really opened my eyes and gave me some great ideas. I hate shopping at regular grocery stores but have been doing so because of the price. This has helped me see that it could actually be cheaper to shop at whole foods, and a lot healthier.
    I’m still working on meal planning. I can barely come up with one dinner idea at a time.

  7. We do a mix of Whole Foods and Trader Joes as well. Our grocery budget has definitely jumped since moving here this summer- I’m not sure if it’s WF, or a higher cost of living here (outside NYC) or my hungry pregnant belly. 🙂

  8. I’m glad things are working out so well shopping at WF! I don’t know if I have the willpower to shop there for everything anymore. During my last semester of college in Philly I had this amazing WF really close by, with a huge bakery that had a lot of vegan options and a fresh pasta bar, along with amazing local hummus (what’s the plural of hummus? I don’t know)–like pumpkin and chocolate! I spent way too much money there! However, I’m still on my Trader Joe’s high and it works for me right now, with a monthly trip to Whole Foods for certain items I can’t get elsewhere. Have a great week, Tina!

  9. do you decide on all the meals for the week, or does Mal contribute weekly in your planning too? I find when my hubby helps with the planning it takes a lot longer than 10 minutes, especially if we are trying out new recipes 🙂

    1. I usually do most of the planning, but Mal will suggest one or two meals for the week. I also only plan meals that I know he’ll like, so it usually goes pretty fast! 🙂

  10. I am in for the cookbook challenge. I made Chinese Pork Dumplings from The Frugal Gourmet’s on Our Immigrant Ancestors. Such a great book for traditional foods prepared the way Grandma used to make them. I also have Whole Foods envy, there isn’t one within 4 hours of me!

  11. I love the fact it only took you an extra 10 mins to save extra money… it doesn’t have to be long but planning and being savvy makes a huge difference! Thanks for sharing the experiment 🙂


  12. Love this on Whole Foods! I love Whole Foods and I try to tell my friends that if you do it right, Whole Foods doesn’t have to be “whole paycheck”! 🙂 I am participating in the cookbook challenge and so far the books I have lined up to use is Curtis Stone’s cookbook, Giada’s Feel Good Food book and I picked up Oh She Glows yesterday at Costco.

  13. What’s this?! – Ground turkey, kale, and sweet potato pasta – Sounds DELICIOUS! Post this recipe…please?!

  14. That is actually my “project” tonight. I’m pulling all the cookbooks off the shelves for a bit of reorganization and looking through for inspiration. There are some on the shelf that are going in the donation pile – they’ve been taking up space for too long!

  15. I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised by Whole Foods on more than one occasion. This week they came in cheaper than my previous week at Food Lion. For me it’s about sticking to the list, having a meatless meal or two and focusing on the perimeter instead of the interior aisles. I see how it gets a pricey reputation, but it doesn’t have to be!

    I’ve loved reading about your challenge! 🙂

  16. I still prefer shopping at Trader Joe’s. Now that I’ve read about your success I’m willing to put in the effort to try Whole Foods again. My husband jokingly calls them “Whole Paycheck” (he used to work there!)
    I am cooking from my cookbooks! I pulled out the good ‘ol Betty Crocker Cookbook to make my mom’s split pea soup. We have been having chilly, rainy weather and it just sounded perfect!

  17. So funny. I was thinking the same thing this past weekend. About how affordable WF was. I walked away with healthy groceries plus a fresh green juice for the week that totaled $60 (I was only shopping for one person) but that’s honestly how much I would spend at a regular grocery store too. It only gets really expensive if you start buying all the fancy and “in” stuff. otherwise its really not too bad at all 🙂

  18. Very impressive budget! I would love to get our monthly food budget under $500; however, even with coupon clipping and shopping sales- we (two person household) always end up right between $550-600! I know you’re not drinking now, but prior to your pregnancy, did you factor in alcohol and toiletries into your monthly grocery budget?

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