Every Thursday I plan to share what our meal plan is for the upcoming week. Meal planning is one of the easiest, most controllable things you can do for your family to save money and eat healthier.
I typically shop on Thursday or Friday because that is when our local stores typically start their “special sales”. That and I don’t like shopping on the weekends because a) the stores are more crowded and b) we’re usually pretty busy on the weekends and I hate taking time away from family time for grocery shopping. My meal plan goes from Saturday through Friday. We typically eat out once a week, usually on Fridays, although we might change that up a bit to take advantage of kids eat cheap/free nights on the other days of the week.
For lunch the girls usually eat either tuna fish, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese, or quesadillas, along with fruit, organic mac & cheese, yogurt, or some other quick and easy sides. Chad usually takes leftovers as his lunch to work. I usually have leftovers if they need to be eaten up, or will eat whatever the girls are eating.
So here is what is on the agenda for us this week. I try to serve veggies with every meal, so I won’t repeat that for each day.
Saturday: Meatballs over pasta, homemade french bread
Sunday: Buffalo Chicken wraps (with non-buffalo style chicken for the kids who haven’t quite developed a taste for spicy yet), fried potatoes
Monday: Italian Beef Cubes with noodles
Tuesday: Sloppy Joes, oven fries
Wednesday: Chicken kabobs, quinoa with roasted veggies
Thursday: Leftovers or breakfast for dinner (potato/egg/ham scramble)
Friday: Not sure yet. Maybe out, maybe in since it’s Good Friday.
On the shopping list for this week:
My goal is to spend under $100 each week on groceries. So far I’ve already been to Whole Foods where I spent $19. I also bought $10 worth of organic baby food at Babies R Us. I happened to go there to pick up a few things and saw the jars of organic baby food for $.50 each. Lizzie just started solids recently, and I typically make my own baby food (more on that later), but I like to have jars for when we’re not eating at home. So I’m already $30 down. But I did underspend my budget the past two weeks so I have some wiggle room.
This week I’m only shopping at Price Chopper (well besides my Whole Foods trip). Again. This is like the third week in a row. Hy-Vee has strawberries on sale, but that’s about the only thing, and I’m not making a special trip for that.
For fruit and veggie we’ll do the usual bananas, and grapes are on sale for $1.19, so I’ll probably get 2 to 3 pounds of those. I’ll also grab some mushrooms and zucchini for kabobs on Wednesday, plus some green beans for the rest of the week. I already have some carrots I need to use up.
I already bought yogurt at Whole Foods and milk at Costco and we’re stocked up on cheese (helps that I’m not eating it right now). Eggs are on sale for $.99 each, so I’ll grab 2 packs. I haven’t transitioned to organic or free-range eggs yet. I want to, but again, price is holding me back right now. I also might grab an almond milk, but we’ll see.
Rump roast is on sale for $2.49/lb. I need about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs for the Italian Beef cubes, and I’ll probably grab an extra packet or two for the freezer. Also Hormel Cure 81 ham is on sale for $2.99/lb. I’ll probably pick up a half one to freeze. I buy these, cut them into cubes and freeze them to use in breakfast casseroles or on pizza. I love the flavor of the Cure 81 ham and being boneless makes it so much easier to divide up and store.
Then I just need a few miscellaneous items, like tortillas (again), a can of black beans, some canned tuna, pectin to make homemade grape jelly, and a few other things.
Total I expect to spend around $75. I need to remember to grab my $5 off a $75 purchase from the Entertainment Book. I rarely spend this much in one store, maybe I can actually use it this week! That puts my total week to about $105. Just $5 over, which is fine given my underspend the past few weeks.
What’s on your menu for the next week?