I’ve been following 5$ dinners for a while now.

At long last, I’ve decided to try one of their cosco menu plans. Having just gone to Cosco and bought an inordinate amount of food, step one is to compare the shopping lists.

The first thing I noticed was the amounts. Since the menu is written using pounds and ounces, and I buy in grams and kilograms, I probably should have paid a lot more attention to the conversions. The prices were different, and even thought I might have found it cheaper elsewhere, I bought what I could at Cosco.

I made a few substitutions based on our tastes (1/2 the tuna, twice the chicken, no rolls, and older cheddar) and of course bought extra (* = not bought at Cosco).

1 8 pack of 16 oz cans diced tomatoes $7.79
1 6 pack of 30 oz chicken stock $10.79
1 6 pack of 6 oz light tuna in water $8.59
1 9 pack of 1 pound mixed whole wheat pasta $6.99
1 large pineapple $2.99
2 6 mixed peppers $13.98
2 1 pound bags of gold potatoes $5.00
1 5 pound bag of organic baby carrots $6.99
2 1 pound blocks of cheddar cheese $11.76 *
1 5 pound bag Vidallia onions $5.59
1 2.5 pound bag of organic frozen corn $3.97 *
1 2.5 pound bag organic frozen green beans $2.49 *
2 18 count eggs $3.69
1 20 oz container sour cream $2.77 *
1 5-count Chicken and Turkey Sausages $13.99
1 4.62089 lbs ground beef $14.02
1 3.791951 lbs package boneless, skinless chicken breast $24.19
15 9 grain tortillas $3.99
3 sandwich loaves $7.98
1 4.3849944 lbs package boneless, skinless chicken thighs $23.25 *
1 2 liters 1% milk $3.97 *
1 2 count real lemon juice (2 l) $3.89 *
1 box of 12 mini-cups rice puddings $5.89 *
1 24 ¼ lb hamburgers (preformed) $17.99 *
2 bags 598g popcorn chips $9.98 *
1 box 36 granola bars $11.79 *
1 bag 1kg cabbage sesame salad $5.99 *
1 250g cottage cheese $1.15 *
1 150g package frozen ready risotto $2.00 *
1 roast chicken $7.77 *

The plan for this week is a bit … overwhelming, with lots of cooking starting tomorrow. The menu should do me 3-4 weeks. I’ll have to buy a bit of fresh vegetables each week, but that’s par for me. I decided to try 1/2 tuna, 1/2 chicken – and rather than go with tinned, I went with chicken thighs instead.

Cross your fingers for me.

The madness starts tomorrow.

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