Something I’ve been trying to do consistently is have a weekly meal plan.
It was almost a year ago when I was slapped in the face by the reality of our grocery bill. The average of three months was $700. For GROCERIES.
That was quite the reality check! I was shocked and embarrassed…and horrified!
My husband and I decided to cut our monthly grocery bill almost in half. We put ourselves on a $400 budget.
That gives us $100 per week to spend on food.
Luckily for us, if I have a list, and we stick to that list, our bill is usually on our mark.
Enter meal planning.
I do my best, but I’m not always consistent.
I just started actively meal planning again with the new year.
What I discovered this week is having the meals written down and buying the ingredients for everything is great.
But when the recipes I planned to use were scattered across my many Pinterest boards, it was really annoying having to search for them. I needed to figure something out.
So I have put together a “Weekly Meal Plan” board.
Each day of the week will be assigned its own protein which makes it even simpler for me (ie Monday is chicken, Tuesday is fish, etc). I will only have five main dishes to leave two days of the week open for leftovers.
Usually for my sides I have the standard rice, potatoes, or pasta. Then for the veggies I have steamed or sautéed something or other. But if I find a fantastic side that will go perfectly with the main dish, it will go on the board!
If you’ve ever done any sort of meal planning, you know things can sometimes change at the store. You find a fantastic sale on shrimp. Great! Instead of salmon this week, I’ll alter the recipe and make it with shrimp.
I am confident that once I get the hang of this whole planning thing, it will be fun!
I love Pinterest and I’m on it all the time. I want to actually MAKE the delicious looking recipes that I pin.
And I really want to have next weeks recipes all in one place!!
Do you plan your meals every week? Do you have any tips you’d like to share?