one of our family goals (ok, so its mostly just my goal) for the year is to do our grocery shopping/menu planning 2 weeks at a time. i wanted to do it for time saving sake and also for the sake of ease-so our meals would be clearly planned ahead of time. adam and i both liked the idea of the possibility of saving money and wasting less food.
today i knew that we needed milk and bread (no, i wasn't just freaking out because of the snow predictions) and i decided that i would just go ahead and get our first 2 weeks of february groceries during my lunch break. last time, i did 2 days of shopping so i could go to aldi one day and walmart the next in hopes of saving a little more. i didn't have time for that in just one hour, so i did all walmart (as aldi doesn't always have all of the things we need.)
well folks, i am very very proud of myself today. friday evening after hubs and i had our budget planning meeting, i was very discouraged and afraid to stop working when our sweet bundle of joy arrives--but after my successful shopping trip today, i am feeling much better about it. if i can keep our spending close to what it was today-we can easily cut our grocery budget to $200 a month.
are you ready for the grand total? and this is without coupons because it was a spur of the moment trip and my coupons are at home. $86.52!!! i will say that we are going out of town next friday and saturday for our baby shower with my family, so that cut 2 meals out for us, but still-i think we did pretty well.
so here is our menu plan for the next 2 weeks:
monday: whole wheat spaghetti with ground turkey and sauce
tuesday: taco salad
wednesday: family night worship-mission meal
friday: probably wendy's on the road (and we do dollar menu, so it may cost $5)
saturday: dinner in celebration of my daddy's 50TH birthday!!!!!
sunday: super bowl foods
monday: tex-mex chicken and rice
tuesday: chili (left over)
wednesday: 3 cheese tortellini
thursday: homemade pizza (i'm gonna try my hand at homemade crust...we'll see)
friday: cheese-filled meat loaf and baked potatoes
saturday: valentine's date
sunday: tex-mex chicken and rice (left over)
since we have lunch foods in our house, we are going to try to do more left overs for dinner when its a meal that makes a large quantity. smaller meals like the spaghetti or taco salad we can still take for lunch when there are left overs. how do you menu plan?
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