As I have stated before I have been really focusing on our food budget, and it's coming along great. Although I stopped monthly grocery shopping and have been shopping weekly I am hoping to go back into the monthly grocery shopping again. over the month of December I'm going to do a 2 week grocery shopping haul and then in January start the monthly shopping haul.
I have been meal planning for a while and I love to sit down and write out my meals. There have been times when it was tough and finding the time was difficult but I stuck through it. My hubby tells me that he has never eaten so good since I started meal planning. The secret to meal planning is to make a plan and stick to it. Even when you cook something only half of your family likes stick to it. You cannot please everyone.
This is how I start my meal planning for my grocery hauls.
I start with writing out lunches and dinners for Saturday thru Friday. I try to make easy lunches that can be made on a Sunday morning and heated up thru the week. I do use left-overs days in both the lunches and dinners.I have found that not having left-over days/nights is just throw money away. I hate wasting food. I also write up 4 breakfast ideas to make thru the week along with different snacks. The fruit for our snack does depend on what fruit will be on sale.
These 2 pieces of paper is my rough draft of meals for the week to make it my final draft I add it to my day planner.
Hubby and I have been trying to eat smaller portions and when it comes to snacking we have been eating healthier.
From there I go through each recipe and write down everything that is needed to cook this meal.
After I finish writing everything down I go grocery shopping in my kitchen and mark off everything I have. If I am running low on something I keep it on my list.
I write up my final grocery list after I look at the sale ads.If I have coupons I attach them to my grocery list.
My grocery list has saved me so much money at the grocery store. This week I shopped at Aldi, Krogers and Sprouts.
When it comes to meal planning start off slow. do one week at a time and if you like work your way up to bi-weekly and monthly.