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: We’ll probably go out to eat with my mom and dad, but Friday we’ll eat in instead, and we’ll have Slower Cooker Chicken Enchilada Chili from Momma Cooks.
Sunday: Meat Loaf, Fried Potatoes
Monday: Beef Stew
Tuesday : Chicken and Pesto Pasta
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner, Biscuits
Thursday: Ravioli or Tortellini
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 32%
- Meat 8%
- Dairy 15%
- Other 46%
Ugh. That Other is not good. But it’s partially because Chad grabbed some coffee from Costco last week. It’s a great price for coffee (about $5/lb) but the budget takes a hit when I have to get it.
For produce, this week Price Chopper has red peppers for $1 each. I’ll grab some apples too. Did you know PC carries 3 lb bags of organic apples for just $4.99? That’s the same as or even cheaper than non-organic apples. They usually only have the main varieties (Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious), and they are the smaller apples, but we like them and the girls love the smaller ones because they’re easier to eat.
For meat they have breakfast sausage (I use it to make casseroles for Chad for his breakfast at work) for $1.99 and rump roast for $2.69 (will use it for my beef stew).
For dairy (and in dairy I include eggs, etc.) they have this cool deal where you buy 2 Borden shredded cheeses and get a dozen eggs free. What a deal! As long as they allow multiple, I’ll get 6 cheeses and 3 eggs out of this for less than $12.
The last thing to grab at PC is frozen veggies for $.79 each. My girls love eating frozen peas with lunch (sounds strange but they love it), and I’m almost out so I’ll grab a few to stock up.
For produce Hy-Vee has bananas for $.39/lb. I’ll grab plenty for us at home and a few extra to make some banana muffins for C’s school snack this week. They also have grapes for $1.19/lb and nectarines for $1.28/lb. They also have broccoli for $1.48 per bunch.
In the grocery area Hy-Vee has tomato sauce for $.33 per 15 oz. can, pasta for $.67 for a pound, and Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread for $1.49. Yes, I still buy sandwich bread. I’ve tried making my own but can’t seem to find a good sandwich bread recipe that I love. But Sara Lee has finally gotten rid of corn syrup in their breads, and even then I usually buy a brand without all the artificial stuff in it. But this week budget wins over health.
I do expect to spend around $120, but I only spent $80 last week, even with the sherry, so I’m still good for the month. Woo hoo!
What’s on your menu plan for next week?