Menu Plan 8/20 – 8/26

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, veggies, 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:  BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Fried Potatoes

Sunday:  Sunday Roast, Cowboy Mashed Potatoes

Monday:  Italian Sausage Spaghetti

Tuesday Blackened Tilapia, Butter Noodles

Wednesday:  Taco Pasta Bowls

Thursday:  Breakfast for Dinner or Pizza 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 26%
  • Meat 35%
  • Dairy 5%
  • Other 34%

That Fruit/Veggie is not very good, but it’s primarily because I’m spending a bit on meat this week.  There are a few decent sales on pork, beef roast, and chicken so I’m grabbing it while the grabbing is good.  Also I’m going to try to incorporate more fish into our diet, we don’t do a very good job of that right now.  Good thing Hy-Vee has tilapia on sale this week.

I’ll hit Price Chopper for cantaloupe ($1.50), the pork ($1.69/lb), the roast ($2.99/lb), Italian sausage ($2.49/lb), some canned veggies ($.47/can) and Peter Pan Peanut Butter ($1.49) for church donations.

I also plan to stop by Hy-Vee for bananas ($.39/lb), grapes ($.99/lb), broccoli ($1.28/bunch), tilapia ($4.99/lb), split chicken breasts ($.88/lb), Prego spaghetti sauce ($1.18/jar), Hy-Vee brand cereals ($.99/lb), and frozen veggies ($.69/bag).

And I have to pick up a few things to make some goodies for book club tonight, since it’s my turn to host.  Rollo Brownies, bruscetta, and probably some some fruit.  I’m dying to make the brownies.  Perhaps I’ll share with you later how they turn out.

I expect to spend around $115, so about $15 over but I’ll make up for it next week.

What’s on your menu plan for next week?  Any ideas for me for future weeks?  What do you like most about my weekly Menu Plan post?

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