It never ends in this house! Someone is always looking for something to eat. They eat three meals a day and snack numerous times. I feel like I am constantly thinking about food! Does anyone else feel this way? I know it is only going to get worse as the kids get older and spend more time in sports. Especially since my husband talks about coming home from football and making a whole loaf of bread into p&j’s for a snack!! HELP! So how do I do this when the budget for food is not unlimited? Meal plans it is!
I make meal plans for every two weeks. My husband gets paid on Tuesdays so I make the meal plan the Monday before and grocery shop on that Tuesday. Not that the food always lasts for two weeks but I try!
So anyways, today is that Monday. I started out by making a list of meals. Sounds easy right? This is the part that I love and hate at the same time. I love to look at Pinterest and get new meal ideas, but I hate the fact that most of the things that I think look yummy don’t pass the inspection by the family. My husband doesn’t like chicken, beans or rice. The kids turn up their noses at most vegetables. The exception is my oldest son, he makes me sooooo happy-loves everything I make and isn’t afraid to try anything. He will make some girl very happy someday.
Next I make the grocery list by checking to see what we already have in the house.This is were you can really save money. Eat out of your cupboards and freezer; know what is in there!!! There are many people out there more organized than me that have lists but I just check in the cupboards, fridge and freezer every two weeks. I don’t keep them super stocked so it isn’t that hard.
After the grocery list is made I try to find coupons for what I have on the list. I also always check Target’s cartwheel app. I find that many of the things I need are on there and I also get 5% off for using the red card. It all helps! We now have a Walmart close so I might have to see if I can save by going there. I don’t love multiple stops though especially when I take all the kids shopping with me. For some reason they don’t love long grocery shopping days, strange hey?
So for the next two weeks this is what we are going to eat.
Roast Chicken, potatoes and a vegetable
Chicken pot pie (made with leftovers from the roast chicken)
Chicken fried rice (another meal made from leftover chicken)
Meatballs, mashed potatoes and a vegetable
Sloppy joes and fries
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes and a vegetable
BBQ shredded beef and pork sandwiches, coleslaw and chips (beef and pork because we have a couple beef steaks and a couple of pork steaks left in the freezer)
Ham and scalloped potatoes
Hot dogs and macaroni and cheese (this makes the kids happy and me gag)
So that is it. Done- I don’t really plan breakfast and lunches. I rotate through eggs, oatmeal, pancakes and french toast for breakfast. The kids get excited when we have cold cereal. Lunch tends to be leftovers or sandwiches. Snacks are fruit, yogurt, crackers and cheese sticks. I bake sometimes but I usually bake simple things that just require the staples. I buy those when I am running low. I will make a list of what I consider those to be! This is just a basic view of what I do. If you have any questions let me know! Do you meal plan? What do you use?