Last year I did a great job of planning my family’s meals each week. While we didn’t always follow the plan completely, having one helped me stick to our grocery budget and cut down on our eating out habit.
Fast forward to this year and I basically stopped menu planning toward the end of January. I have been spending so much of my time and effort on blogging (and all of the behind the scenes work that goes along with it) that I have been neglecting not only my menu plans, but my weekly grocery budget. Needless to say, we have been doing a great job of supporting our local restaurants. I find all of this ironic and a tad bit frustrating considering that the main purpose of my writing this blog is to help you save money, while sticking to a grocery budget.
This week is my first attempt at getting back in the saddle with menu planning. I am tired of scrambling each night to figure out what’s for dinner (and often defaulting to take out), and I am tired of going over budget each month on groceries. That means no matter how bare bones and boring my menu plans might be, I’m going to start posting them again each week. (Note that I only plan weekend lunches because those are the days we are most tempted to eat out.)
If you are like me and need a refresher course in Menu Planning, check out this post that I wrote back in January. I just reread it myself and am ready to jump into this again.
Monday: Apple Walnut Pork Chops, Rice & Frozen Vegetables
Tuesday: Taco Salads & Refried Beans
Wednesday: Leftovers/Eat from the Freezer & Pantry
Thursday: Eat Out/Pizza Night
Friday: Steak & Potatoes on the Grill & Salad
Saturday: Lunch – Lunchmeat Sandwiches & Pretzels/Baked Chips
Dinner – Chicken, Tomato & Garlic Pasta, Salad & Garlic Bread
Sunday: Lunch – Leftovers
Dinner – Grilled Chicken Breasts , Noodles & Frozen Vegetables
There. That wasn’t so bad. :-)
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