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.
Sunday: Spaghetti — I have a photo session at 6, so I can have this all ready before I leave and Chad can serve it up when they’re hungry
Monday: Mexican Lasagna that I found on Pioneer Woman’s blog. I have a church meeting and can make this in advance.
Tuesday : Homemade chicken nuggets and either potatoes or homemade mac & cheese depending on whether I need to use up potatoes or not.
Wednesday: Tuna Noodle Casserole from Momma Cooks
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner or pizza
Friday: Eat out or breakfast for dinner 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 31%
- Meat 20%
- Dairy 20%
- Other 28%
For produce, this week Price Chopper has grapes for $.99 and a 3 lb bag of Jonathan apples for $2.99. They also have a 3lb bag of yellow onions for $.99, I’ll buy one and chop them and freeze them to use in various casseroles that call for chopped onions.
For meat they have 80% lean beef for $1.79/lb.
For dairy (and in dairy I include eggs, etc.) they have shredded cheese for $1.49.
In grocery they have canned tomatoes and chili beans for $.39/can. I totally plan to stock up here, we go through cans of tomatoes like crazy, and we use chili beans a LOT during the fall and winter in chili and Mexican dishes. I know I mentioned yesterday how dried beans are much cheaper, however I think this sale might make the canned kind the best deal. They also have saltine crackers for $1.49. I don’t like too have a lot of processed food around, but you have to have saltines around in the winter for soups and such. Oh, and canned veggies are $.39, I need to grab a few more green beans since my kids are obsessed with eating canned green beans at lunch.
HyVee doesn’t have as much this week. For produce they have mushrooms for $1.49 and a 32 oz bag of whole carrots for $.99. For meat they have split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on) for $.88/lb.
They do have some coupons in this week’s ad for eggs for $.69, butter for $1.99, and a 5 lb. bag of flour for $.99. I actually still have flour from my huge bag I bought at Costco, but I am getting low and at $.99 for 5 lbs I think this price is lower per unit than the Costco one.
Oh, and HyVee has chocolate chips (well, all baking chips) for $1.68. I love this time of year when these start to go on sale, I love to stock up so that I always have chocolate chips on hand.
I expect I’ll spend around $90, and that includes the 3 gallons of milk Chad picked up from Costco last week. I love when I have good stock up weeks and still stay under budget!
What’s on your menu plan for next week?