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, 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.
Saturday: Southwest Chicken, maybe some grilled corn guacamole (we had some at Chili’s last week, it was very good)
Sunday: Steaks or BBQ Brisket, depending on which meat is cheaper, Fried Potatoes
Monday: Coronado Casserole from Momma Cooks (this is a bump from last week)
Tuesday : Tamale Pie (new, found it in a crock-pot cook book, we’ll see if it’s any good)
Wednesday: Chicken Pesto Pasta
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner or Leftovers
Friday: Eat out or pizza
On the shopping list for this week:
My goal is to spend under $100 each week on groceries. I also want to track what percent of my budget I’m spending on what items. Right now my major categories will be Fruit/Veggie, Meat, Dairy, and Other. This week the totals are:
- Fruit/Veggie 66%
- Meat 20%
- Dairy 5%
- Other 8%
Oh yeah baby! Look at that fruit/veggie percent. Honestly, we just don’t need much of “other” stuff so that bumped that percent up real high.
As usual we hit the farmer’s market on Wednesday and grabbed an orange (or is it yellow?) zucchini, green beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, some sweet onions, jalepeno peppers and cantaloupe.
And I stopped by Hen House already to grab some blueberries ($.98/pint) and grabbed some broccoli, cilantro, lime and a few other things.
I’ll round out the week at Price Chopper for strawberries ($1.49/lb), peaches ($.99/lb), bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts ($.99/lb), eggs ($.99/doz) and some other random stuff.
I expect to be almost $30 under, but that plus the $20 under from a few weeks ago makes up for what ended up being almost $40 over last week. That also means I’m ahead of the game for the month. Yeah!
What’s on your menu plan for next week? Any ideas for me for future weeks?