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. Or will make up something on my own when I want a grown-up lunch.
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.
Sunday: West Carribean Crock Pot Chicken, also from Momma Cooks (sense a theme?) It’s Mother’s Day, we’re going out to lunch with the fam and I expect no one will be super-hungry at dinner, so if it’s a flop, no one is starving. I’m excited to try it, something tells me my family make take some convincing.
Monday: Ravioli. Just the frozen kind. Chad has golf and will only eat a bite before running out, and it’s Carlie’s favorite, especially when it’s “just the girls”. I love it because I can load it with veggies and they’ll eat it all up.
Tuesday: Pesto Chicken and Pasta. Yep, more pasta. Seems to be a theme this week.
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner (potato, egg & cheese scramble). Or maybe pancakes. We’ll see.
Friday: Probably eat out.
On the shopping list for this week:
My goal is to spend under $100 each week on groceries.
I already spent about $50 at Whole Foods, so I have to keep my Price Chopper trip to under $50. At WF I got apples, some veggies (including a $7 cauliflower — $2.99 is the price per pound, not for the whole head — need to read those price signs a little bit better), yogurt, milk, and some meat to make baby food for Lizzie. So from PC I really just need some fruit and bread, and I’ll pick up some ground beef and turkey that’s on sale. And some cheese. And a few other miscellaneous things. I should be able to keep it under $50.
So tell me, what’s on your menu for the next week?