Menu Plan 7/30 to 8/5

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.  

As always:

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:  Sour Cream Pork Chops & Noodles

Sunday:  Garlic Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Monday:  Taco Pizza

Tuesday Grilled Steak or Chicken, Homemade Mac & Cheese

Wednesday:  Breakfast for dinner

Thursday:  Taco Noodle Bowls

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 22%
  • Meat 8%
  • Dairy 21%
  • Other 50%

Boo on that Fruit/Veggie percent.  I actually have a lot of fruits and veggies in the budget but I went to Costco and got some honey, peanuts for a snack for Chad at work, tortilla chips and veggie straws (the snack, not real veggies) so those made that percent drop quite a bit.

Since we had doctor appointments on Wednesday we didn’t hit the farmer’s market.  And HyVee is having some great sales so I only plan to stop by there this week.

They have cantaloupe for $1.68, bananas for $.39/lb, and organic baby carrots for $.99.  They also have pork chops for $1.99/lb, I’m picking up some for the sour cream pork chops.   On Friday they have pineapples for $1.99, chicken leg quarters for $.39/lb (sold in a 10 lb pack) which I’m using those for the Garlic Chicken & Potatoes, and 5 lb bags of flour for $.99.

I think I’ll be over by about $15, but I have $10 from prior weeks to use up.  So I’m about $5 for July.  Not too bad!

I’m really waiting for my tomatoes to finally turn red (if it would ever cool down enough around here to let them do so).  These babies are just waiting to be eaten, cooked, eaten, canned, and did I mention eaten?

What’s on your menu plan for next week?

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