(Carrie Kirby)

In this week's installment of my weekly series on feeding a family of five (plus two cats) on $100 per week. Most weeks I try to set aside some of this budget to save for an upcoming bulk meat purchase, but this week I spend $95.50, leaving only $4.50 to save.

Before this week, I had $314 saved, so now it's up to $318.50. Time to start shopping for that cow; we're planning to split a half three ways with family.

I made two grocery shopping trips this week, one to Jewel-Osco and one to Trader Joe's. The only spectacular deal I scored was getting six tubs of Tribe Hummus for free. It's on sale for $1 through Jan. 5 (only one day left!), and you can print unlimited copies of this $2 off coupon. Each coupon will get you two free hummuses with no beeping from the register.

So I spent $20.50 at Jewel, $73.01 at Trader Joe's (where I picked up some of my regular favorite TJs deals), and $1.99 on milk at CVS.

When I wrote about grocery shopping on a budget for MSN Money (at that time the weekly budget was $80), I got a lot of comments asking what on earth we could eat on that. We eat pretty normally -- a little light on meat and convenience foods and heavier on dried beans than most, maybe. Here is a rought menu of what we had for dinner in the past week:

Wednesday: pasta with sauce, grated carrots, ground turkey and mushrooms

Thursday: tater tots, sauteed carrots, some other stuff that my husband made which I can't remember

Friday: New Year's Eve at friends'

Saturday: dinner at a friends', we brought crackers and (free) hummus

Sunday: baked ham with a cranberry Sierra Mist glaze (lol, this was a freebie that we let the kids toast with on Christmas Eve; I poured the leftover pop on the ham), carrots and potatoes, Pillsbury canned rolls.

Monday: roasted free-range chicken, potatoes and gravy, carrots, celery

Tuesday: ham and potato soup

Breakfasts were fruit, oatmeal or other cereal, and lunches were canned soup, leftovers or sandwiches.