A Month of Meals for Less

IMG_0075Most articles I read on budgeting your food bill had a common theme – plan your meals for an entire week and only go to the grocery store once per week.  Okay, I thought, I’ll give it a shot.

 

Luckily, I had the week off from work for the holidays, so I had the time to research menus, recipes and write a meal plan.  Where I could, I tried to take advantage of items in my pantry (which I had realized was more bountiful than I thought). I had tons of beans, pasta, tuna fish; lettuce & salad mixes; frozen veggies….the list went on.

 

As I began thinking about this project, my mind could not help but consider where I might get the best deals.  So, my husband and I set to work doing a little comparison shopping online.  More on this in my next blog.

 

By the day of New Year’s Eve, I had my menu and recipe list for the month of January.  I figured if I wanted to stick to a budget of $550 per month, I would need to stay to a weekly grocery budget of $137.

 

Note: I did not include breakfast and lunches in my initial written plan.  From my trial period during the previous ten days, I knew that my family could always find something in the pantry (mac and cheese or tuna fish sandwiches, for instance) and/or eat leftovers.  One of the benefits of cooking was the realization of so many #leftovers that were prepared and ready to go, thereby making lunches super #easy!

 

My final plan looked like this:

 

JANUARY 2018

MEAL PLAN AND GROCERY LIST

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WED THUR FRIDAY SAT
12/31

 

NEW YEARS EVE

Salad for lunch

 

leftover pork loin

1/1

Butternut Squash Soup

 

 

Jan 2

 

Chicken Satay and salad

 

1/3

Maple brined Pork in freezer with frozen veggies from the freezer

 

¼

 

Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

 

 

1/5

 

MY BIRTHDAY – Night out!!!

1/6

 

Summer Veggie Pizza

 

 

Black bean quesadillas

1/8

Chicken Stir fry

1/9

Thai Turkey Wraps

 

 

1/10

 

Chicken & Rice w Mushrooms

Frozen Veggies from the freezer

1/11

Pasta and Shrimp meal (stock pile from the freezer)

 

1/12

 

spaghetti and vodka sauce

1/13

 

leftovers

 

1.14

Sausage and Caramelized Onion Bread Pudding

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice Tuna Casserole Bean Burritos with yellow rice Chicken from freezer (with Panko breading) Leftovers 1.20

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

1/21

Chickpea Alfredo with spring vegetables

1/22

 

Broiled Chicken with Herbs de Provence and frozen veggies

 

1/23

 

TBD

1/24

Sausage peppers & onions with pasta

1/25

 

Leftovers

1/26\

 

Meatloaf and fries

1/27

 

Jamaican Pork Stir-fry

In future posts, I will highlight a weekly menu plan, recipes, and even a convenient grocery shopping list.  My goal is to help other families, like mine, manage their food bill.  I am excited for a new year and the #opportunity to for all of us to save some money!

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