My husband recently went over the budget and has challenged me to keep the grocery budget under $700 a month. He actually went about it the RIGHT way. The competitive side of me is always up for a CHALLENGE. Our grocery budget also includes; personal hygiene, school lunches, basically anything you can purchase at the grocery store. Last month I spent $765 and that was feeding 7 extra people for a week. So I am telling everyone so I can keep myself in check. At the end of the month I will give you an update on how I did.
One way I plan to save money is to get back on making a menu. It helps in more ways than one. I hate the "what am I going to cook for dinner?" hectic thought at 5:00 pm. Or I don't have all the ingredients and must run to the store. This keeps me from doing both. Takes a little stress off. I actually have planned the rest of September and all of October. For me it just works better. I try to shop for two weeks of meals at a time. Then on the off week I just have to pick up the perishables needed for the week.
To keep myself on track I am going to join the menu plan mondays at organized junkie.
Here's what I have planned for the week. I have started with just the basic meal and hopefully I will get better with time.
Monday: Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
Tuesday: Veggie Lasagna
Wednesday: Taco Salad or Taco Soup
Thursday: Picnic Night (Leftovers)
Friday: Malibu Chicken
Saturday: Dad cooks or as my daughter calls it "Random Meal Night"
We are trying a new recipe this week the Veggie Lasagna. We will see how that goes over. I hope to get recipes posted for some of these meals.
You can view other menus at Organized Junkie.
Thanks for the menu ideas! I would be interested in seeing your malibu chicken recipe as well. I have been working on menu planning lately as well even have meatloaf on the agenda for Friday, so it looks like we are going to try a NEW meatloaf recipe. Thank you sharing!ReplyDelete
Wanted to pop on over and say welcome to MPM! I have bookmarked the Stuffed Meatloaf recipe and would love your Malibu chicken recipe as well. It sounds yummy :)ReplyDelete