If you’re on a tight budget, you can still plan a week’s worth of wholesome meals using Wegman’s grocery pickup service and this $50 shopping list and meal plan. The Huffington Post ranked Wegmans as the number one grocery store in America. Wegmans stores are located along the east coast in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. There is a reason for this popularity, and a big element is Wegmans grocery pickup service, where you can create a shopping list and just pop by the store and grab your groceries (or have them delivered).
While I personally don’t live near a Wegmans, I see this store mentioned all the time online. People who do live near one, seem to truly love shopping there. It is likely the variety and some of the deals you can grab from there.
Keep in mind that the prices I’ve listed below are via their online shopping tool. You can save more if you are able to catch things on sale and stock up.
Meal Plan for Wegmans Grocery Pickup
- Day 1: Pork Tenderloin & White Potatoes
- Day 2: Pork BBQ with Home Fries
- Day 3: Pork Carnitas
- Day 4: Grilled Chicken Breasts, Fresh Salad, Fresh Berries
- Day 5: Chicken Pot Pie
- Day 6: Omelettes and Toast
- Day 7: Leftovers
- Peppercorn whole pork tenderloin – $14.00 apx
- Wegmans white potatoes family pack – $1.99
- Wegman’s 8-pack hamburger rolls – $1.29
- Webmans wavy potato chips family pack – $2.69
- Lime – $0.50
- Orange – $1.50
- Salsa – $1.99 (can sub fresh pico de gallo if you have ingredients on hand)
- Mexican cheese – $2.49
- Flour tortillas – $2.49
- Chicken Breasts – $10.00 appx
- Iceberg Lettuce – $1.50
- Tomato – $0.50
- Strawberries – $3.49
- Wegmans fill and bake pie crusts – $2.79
- Campbell’s cream of chicken soup – $1.29
- Canned mixed vegetables (plus throw in leftover potatoes) – $0.49
- Eggs – $1.99
- Bread – $0.99
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You can save a lot of money by doing meal prep. This allows you not only to buy in bulk, but if you freeze some of your meals or have them read to go, you’ll be less likely to eat out. I love meal prepping and personally use these containers below. They are BPA free, easy to transport, and easy to clean.
- Do you prefer to use glass containers, so you can easily reheat in the microwave. These are the ones my daughter uses to take her meals to work with her:
Wegmens Grocery Pickup on a Budget
You can use the convenience of a grocery pickup and still save money. Keep in mind that you won’t be walking up and down the aisles, where impulse purchases are almost a given. Stores spend big bucks figuring out what makes you tick, and they know how to pull you in and sell to you.
Avoiding that temptation is just one step in a bigger plan to get your finances under control and save money on groceries. Once you’ve picked up your Wegmans grocery pickup order, here are the meals you’ll be cooking and instructions for doing so. Have fun!
Day 1: Pork Tenderloin & White Potatoes
- Rinse the tenderloin with water.
- Season with salt and pepper. Keep this simple as you’ll be using for additional meals.
- Peel and slice 3-4 potatoes into chunks.
- Put tenderloin in slow cooker and surround with potatoes. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until done and tender.
- Serve 1/3 of tenderloin and the potatoes for dinner.
- Divide remaining tenderloin into two equal size pieces
- As soon as pork cools, shred each section and store in separate containers in refrigerator.
Day 2: Pork BBQ with Home Fries
- Pull out one container of leftover, shredded pork.
- Add BBQ sauce of your choice (you can also use teriyaki, or make your own sauce. Allow BBQ pork to simmer on the stove while you prep home fries.
- Peel and dice 3-4 potatoes.
- Add oil to skillet and fry potatoes until browned.
- Serve BBQ on buns with pickles or condiments of choice.
Day 3: Pork Carnitas
- Pull the remaining container of pork out of the fridge.
- Place in slow cooker with salt, pepper, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and bay leaves.
- Squeeze the juice of half an orange over the mixture (save other half for a snack). Squeeze the juice of a full lime over mixture.
- Cook on low until warmed through and flavors have a chance to mesh. Can be 2-6 hours. Be careful not to cook too long or the shredded meat will get tough. You can also simply heat on the stove and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Serve on flour tortillas with toppings such as salsa, Mexican cheese, etc.
Here is the recipe I used last time. Loved it!
Day 4: Grilled Chicken Breasts, Fresh Salad, Fresh Berries
- Season chicken breasts. I like to use a rub that I found that doesn’t have any added sugar. You can also use salt and pepper, ranch seasoning, or Mrs. Dash.
- Melt 1-2 pats of butter in a skillet and add chicken breasts. Cook until no longer raw and outside has a nice, brown crust.
- While the chicken is cooking, rinse salad and add diced tomato.
- Rinse and cut berries. Serve as a side or toss into the salad (my favorite is spinach with a little avocado oil, parmesan cheese, and strawberries. So good!).
- Reserve 1 chicken breast for tomorrow.
- You’ll likely have additional leftovers.
Day 5: Chicken Pot Pie
- Pull chicken breast from yesterday from fridge and dice as small as possible.
- Stir salt and pepper into 1 can of cream of chicken soup – do not add any water. Add 2 tablespoons of milk or heavy cream if you have on hand, but not necessary.
- Add diced chicken and drained can of mixed vegetables to soup mixture.
- Spread one pie crust piece into a round oil coated pie pan, allowing edges to drape over the side.
- Add mixture to the pan, spreading out evenly from edge to edge.
- Top the pie with the other piece of crust.
- Crimp edges of the two pieces of crust.
- Poke holes in the top with a fork or cut six slits.
- Bake in oven according to pie crust directions. If the edges start to crisp up too much, you can cover with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
- You should have enough of this left for lunch tomorrow or for leftovers.
Day 6: Omelettes and Toast
- This is your chance to use up some of your veggies so they don’t go bad and go to waste. Chop them up.
- Crack eggs into a bowl, add salt, pepper, and a little milk (if available). Whip until well mixed.
- Coat a pan with oil or butter, heat to medium-low. Add egg mixture to coat the pan and throw toppings on there as well. I love green peppers, onions and cheese. I also sometimes make a pizza omelet with tomatoes, pepperoni, sausage, and cheese. Yum!
- When edges start to firm up, fold the omelet in half.
- Cook as many slices of toast as needed.
- This is such a simple meal, but so cheap and easy to make. It can be breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Day 7: Leftovers
- One way I’ve learned to save a lot of money over the years is to eat up those leftovers that would normally get thrown away.
- Look in your fridge and see what is left. If you’ve been a savvy shopper, then you may have used most of your leftovers for lunches and snacks.
- Even if you have not one thing left in the fridge, you should have some eggs and bread left. You can make egg sandwiches, egg salad, or add a little tuna.
- It’s perfectly okay to take a muffin tray and create a hodge-podge meal made up of little bits of this and that to use up those leftovers. Kids actually love this. A spoonful of green beans, a bit of pot pie, a small piece of chicken – these can all come together to create a very unusual meal.
- It’s okay to get creative here. The goal is to save money by using up every last bit of the food you’ve bought.
Over the years, I’ve found that the simpler you can keep your meals, the more likely you are to cook and save money. Every meal doesn’t have to be a gourmet affair. Utilizing similar ingredients is a known way for restaurants to save money, so it makes sense it would be a good way to save money on your personal food costs as well. Wegmans grocery pickup just makes the entire process that much easier.
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