The good news: We managed to buy 2 decent cars in less than a year with cash.
The bad news: We need to save hard to put that money back. I want to have money for a roof next spring plus a fully funded emergency fund. I'm determined. In the same month that we purchased the car we replaced 22% of the cash spent. I'll take it!
So that said, I'm trying my hand at a MONTHLY meal plan. I'm hoping this stops trips to the store for unplanned dinner items.
I had a request for the meal plan, so here it is. We'll see how it goes.
Breakfasts and lunches will be the same for each week at a time and we'll eat leftovers for dinner one time for each meal. That doesn't phase us around here, but I know some people don't like the repetition.
Fruit is always a side to the main course (apples, bananas, clementines, grapes, etc)
- Week 1: Individual (at-home-packaged) oatmeal with nuts and fruit
- Week 2: Puffins (Pancake muffins) and fruit
- Week 3: Home made granola bars
- Week 4: Egg/Cheese/Sausage Quiche cups
- Week 5: Home made granola/milk fruit
Lunches around here are accompanied by fruit, cucumbers, carrots etc
- Week 1: Ham & Cheese Wraps (Matt), Strawberry/Banana smoothies for the girls
- Week 2: All natural chicken patties (Tyson makes one that is 170 calories with no preservatives or additives - just basic understandable ingredients)
- Week 3: Chicken noodle soup & whole wheat biscuits
- Week 4: Pepperoni/Cheese hot pockets (Matt), beans and rice (the girls and me)
- Week 5: Chicken Salads (Matt and Me), Whole Wheat Banana Muffins (girls)
- Ranch Pork Chops, potatoes, asparagus
- Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs, rice noodles, sugar snap peas
- Tacos, sweet corn cake
- Orange Chicken, broccoli, rice
- Turkey Veggie Meatloaf, cauliflower mashed potatoes, glazed carrots
- Sloppy Joes roasted cauliflower
- Grilled Honey Orange Ginger Salmon, Israeli Cous Cous, Green Beans
- Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles, Spinach/Egg Omelets, Turkey Bacon
- Bean Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries
- Coconut Chicken, coconut pineapple dipping sauce, hawaiian rice, broccoli
- Sauteed Shrimp, rice noodles, chopped spinach
- Pizza for Hannah's birthday party
- BBQ Country Pork Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Green beans
- Italian Sausage with Peppers/Onions, homemade noodles, salad
- baked dried apples
- pistachios, walnuts, almonds
I'm not quite sure how it will work, but I shaved $125 off of my grocery bill last month, I hope to take off $75 more.
Do you meal plan? If so - how does it work for you?