Frugal Grocer Week #8

So I am 8 weeks into this and I will say that this week was my first ‘failure’.  I did stay under budget but I did not make a lot of meals this week because I spent 9 hours on Saturday and 9 hours on Sunday a the RRCA course which means that I basically did not make breakfast or lunch at home and so lost 4 meals.  It is a failure not because I did not cook but because I purchased food for the entire weekend without thinking about the fact that I will not be home to cook.

I finished with 14 meals for $47.68 or an average of $3.41 per meal which is nearly 50% higher than my average cost year to date.  That doesn’t make me happy but that means that I will be sure to make plenty of meals at home this week.

I learned to make pizza dough (recipe below) though which is huge as that will allow me to make pizza on a whim and brings my food consumption closer to home and not at some local pizza shop.  I also plan on making vegan pasta, meaning no eggs in the flour mixture.  I am excited to make this pasta but at the same time I know I have boxes and boxes in the pantry that I need to get rid of.

My Grocery List for the week:

Week #8 Bakery Bulk Deli Grocery Produce
Granola Wraps $3.29 Chia Seeds $3.04 Mustard $2.99 Vegetable Broth $2.59 Strawberries (2 pkg) $2.50
Dried Pineapple $0.72 Honey $3.99 Artichokes $2.50
Quinoa $2.18 Asparagus $1.70
Blueberries (2 pkg) $4.00
Bosc Pears $0.75
Broccoli Crowns $0.72
Brussels Sprouts $1.55
Spinach $1.29
Cauliflower $0.99
Crimini Mushrooms $1.84
Eggplant $0.88
Gala Apples $0.76
Gold Bell Pepper $0.77
Green Bell Pepper $0.98
Hass Avocados $0.77
Italian Squash $0.33
Navel Oranges $0.64
Red Bell Pepper $0.77
Roma Tomatoes $0.33
Shitake Mushrooms $0.84
Sweet Potato $0.69
Bananas $3.02
Yellow Squash $0.26
Total $3.29 $5.94 $2.99 $6.58 $28.88 $47.68


Here are the meals that I made for the week:

Week #8 Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
Monday Recovery Smoothie Mexican Salad (out) Quinoa/Veggie Tacos Pear Corn Thins/Honey
Tuesday Oatmeal Raisin Pancake Vegetable Wrap Pancakes & Egg White/Veggie Tacos Corn Thins/Honey/Banana
Wednesday Coconut Milk Yogurt/Fruit/Granola Vegetable Wrap Green Pizza Apple Orange/Strawberry/Blueberry/Banana Bowl
Thursday Coconut Milk Yogurt/Fruit/Muesli Cauliflower/Broccoli/Tomato Stew Black Bean Burger and Zucchini Fries Pear
Herbalife24 Smoothie
Friday Granola with Coconut Milk Smoothie Italian Tacos
Saturday Sweet Potato Pancakes PB&J, Herbalife Smoothie Herbalife Smoothie Orange, Apple
Sunday Herbalife24 Smoothie PB&J Salad With Tempeh



Ingredients: 1/2c Whole Wheat Flour, 1/2c Rye Flour, 1 pkg fast rising yeast, 1/2 tsp Salt, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1/2c Water, 2 tsp oil


  • In microwave heat water for 1 minute 30 seconds.
  • While water heats up put flour, yeast, salt and sugar in food processor and pulse to combine.
  • Combine the warm water and oil and drizzle into food processor while on to create dough.  If dough is to dry add water, and if too wet add more flour
  • Process until a ball is formed and then 1 minute more to knead.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to your desired thickeness.
  • Let dough rest for 10-20 minutes with plastic wrap lightly sprayed with cooking oil.
  • Pre-heat oven to 500* with pizza stone inside it while dough slightly rises.
  • After dough is done rising place on pizza stone, and you should hear a sizzle which will provide you with a crisp crust.
  • Top crust with your favorite toppings and then into the oven for 10-15 minutes to cook.

I topped this pizza with all green vegetables and no cheese but some basil olive oil.


Green Vegetable Pizza

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  1. misszippy says:

    I love that long list of produce on the right side. I really am impressed with how well you do with this. I tend to have big grocery bills, probably b/c I am just not putting the effort into making it reasonable like you do!
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    • CTER says:

      I usually try to write a game plan on Saturday of recipes/thoughts and then go shopping on Sunday.

      I also make sure that once a week I look for something to buy that I don’t normally get so that I am always trying something new.

  2. marlene says:

    Your produce costs sooo much less! Those selections would cost double or triple here. No fair. :p
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  3. DANG! Check out that produce list. You must be so regular it’s ridiculous.

    From Beth long legs
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  4. katie says:

    that dough recipe looks FAR too complicated. :)
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  5. Jill says:

    I wish I liked, or could eat, half of that stuff. Gluten thing and all! I so desperately need to be more frugal and planning. I do well one week only to be disorganized the following.
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  6. I just used your crust recipe., nice!

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