So, I’m trying the meal planning thing again! Well, I never stopped planning the meals, I just stopped posting. But, as my family starts this year off with a pretty budget in mind, it reminds me that planning my menus, then using that plan to make my grocery list, is something that greatly helps me with keeping our grocery budget of $100 in line. That $100 needs to cover not only our dinners, but allow for staples such as milk, bread, eggs, and the other things that we eat on a weekly basis, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Oh, and snacks, and occasionally dessert! And we don’t tend to eat a lot of crappy, processed foods, so I have to make that $100 really work! At some point in the near future, I’ll actually be vlogging about the ways that I stretch everything out, and eventually these meal plans will include a price breakdown! As a general rule though, none of these meals cost more than $10, and they easily feed a family of four (Byron and I eat the leftovers, if there are any, for lunch the next day!).
When I grocery shop, I shop for the week, and I DO NOT GO BACK TO THE STORE, unless we are out of something really, really important, like milk or bread, but that rarely happens. We do go out to eat sometimes, and if we do, that planned meal gets recycled back into week, or pushed back to the next week. But, we also budget for eating out! $25/bi-weekly, or $50/month. With just the two of us (Izzy shares from our plates, we don’t order separately for her, because, well, she’s 3 years old. She is so fickle with her food choices that we can’t depend on her to actually eat what she ordered. Unless it’s bacon. SHE WILL EAT THE BACON.) , this is plenty for the places we like to go. We can easily eat at Friday’s, Ruby Tuesday, or order Chinese, or go to our favorite little Mexican place and eat, and still have money left to grab quick burgers or something another day if we need to. Part of this is because when restaurants have those free member clubs, I join them! Fridays, Chili’s, Papa Johns, Ruby Tuesday, and a few others all have these things, and they send me coupons all the time! Friday’s actually has a rewards program that we LOVE, because we really like Fridays, so we eat there often.
But, I’m getting off track! Here is this week’s menu!
All of these will be home-made, from scratch! The only things coming from a box or jar will be the staple items, such as the cornbread mix, the chips and salsa for the taco salads, pasta noodles, rice, and the salad dressing! I’ll try to start building kind of a recipe database, and come back and do pictures for everything. Some of these meals are meals that we eat often, just because they are so simple, like the taco salads!
My menu plans go from Thursday to Wednesday because I go grocery shopping on Thursdays. Why? I’m honestly not sure, but I don’t like going on Fridays, and I have another commitment on Mondays, so Thursday just…works!
Anyway, this post is getting long enough, so I’ll leave it at this.
What is your family eating this week?