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, 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: Get take out and eat at a new park I want to check out for my photography business.
Sunday: Spaghetti (bumped from last week — we ended up having a surprise date night on Sautrday last week so I did a bit of menu juggling)
Monday: Chili Salsa Verde Bake from Momma Cooks
Tuesday : Spinach, Mushroom and Feta Quiche
Wednesday: Sweet & Sour Chicken
Thursday: Fish Tacos
Friday: Breakfast for Dinner or Pizza or Leftovers
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 28%
- Meat 7%
- Dairy 28%
- Other 37%
In case you couldn’t tell, there’s a sale on cheese this week, hence the high dairy percent. Price Chopper has Crystal Farms cheese (block and shredded) for $1.50 each. Good thing too, because we’re almost out of cheese. And that’s something that never happens around here.
Price Chopper also has grapes for $.99/lb and Smart Ones for $1.69. We actually don’t eat frozen meals very much, but I like to keep a few breakfast ones ready in case I don’t have a chance to make a breakfast casserole for Chad to take in the mornings. That way he still has something filling to eat at work instead of just cereal.
I’ll probably do the majority of my shopping this week at Hy-Vee. They have watermelons for $3.68, peaches for $.99, apples for $1.28, fresh mushrooms for $1.00, two-pound bags of tilapia for $5.99, pasta for $.79/bag, and tortilla chips for $1.33.
I’ll probably spend about $95, which isn’t quite the $15 I wanted to underspend to make up for the $15 overspend last week, but with the good sales on cheese and pasta and a few other things I ran out of that I desperately need, I’ll just have to be $10 over for now. We did underspend for the month since we were out of town quite a bit during the first half of the month, but I look at that savings as offsetting the additional gas and eating out costs we have when traveling.
And I need to make a Costco run soon too. Ugh.
What’s on your menu plan for next week?