Menu Plan: Back to School + Shopping with JL



School started back up yesterday!


As I said yesterday, I was not thrilled about this. Nonetheless, change happens whether we’re ready for it or not and, when all was said and done, we all had great days. I was so, so excited to see their smiling faces climbing off the buses! Today is our first FULL day, so I can’t promise I won’t sniffle a bit again. :)


Anyway, it’s also the end of the month and my refrigerator and freezer were already looking shockingly bare last Friday. The grocery budget was running on fumes and I was wringing my hands over HOW MUCH THESE LITTLE PEOPLE EAT. It’s crazy. They’re really not snackers– we don’t burn through crackers, yogurt cups, cheese sticks, etc. We burn through meat. Veggies. Pasta. Milk. Eggs. And, yes, cheese. But that’s in large part my fault. ;)


Anyway, I made a plan and ran to ALDI and I’m going to go ahead and combine my menu plan and my shopping trip in one for you here. First up, here’s what we’re eating:

you gotta eat





B–Cheerios, Apples, Milk ( before 7:30AM Mass)


Brunch–Bacon & Egg Sandwiches, Bananas, OJ

D–Sunday Supper at Bama & Papa’s


Monday: (first day of school)

B–English Muffins w/ Heart Shaped Eggs & Cheese, Clementines, Milk


D–Penne w/ Red Sauce, Green Beans, Garlic Bread w/ Cheese


oatmeal in cup



B–Oatmeal, Yogurt, Milk


D–Ham & Cheese Pockets, Broccoli




B–Chocolate Cream Donuts, Eggs, Apples (I’m going to loosely follow this, but sub chocolate pudding.)


D–Cheesy Beans & Rice



B–Cereal, Apples, Milk

D–Rotini w/ Broccoli & Cheese Sauce



B–Egg Wraps, Clementines, Milk

D–Lg. Ham Pizza, Med. Garlic Pizza



B–Pancakes, Mixed Fruit

D–Roast Chicken, Carrots, Baked Brown Rice


End of the Month Desperation Trip


Now, to make that happen, I needed some reinforcements around here. Here’s what I bought at ALDI:


  • 4 rolls TP (.99)
  • 2 cans French cut green beans (.98)
  • 8 oz. mozzarella (1.99)
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar (1.99)
  • 1 gallon milk (2.99)
  • 1 whole chicken (4.14)  <–I got a small one, but it’ll get us through!
  • 2# carrots (1.29)
  • 1 pack burger buns (.89)
  • 2 bags frozen broccoli florets (1.98)
  • 1 dozen eggs (1.85)
  • 1 can chicken soup (.59)


Total spent:   $19.74


I already had some pasta and rice in the pantry and some ham in the fridge. Just under twenty dollars spent, and we should be in decent shape for suppers this week– whew!

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