*** Updated to add a little background information :
I would plan an entire month’s menus (3 meals & 3 snacks each day) and I would do one HUGE shop and then each week we would pick up produce & dairy. (I would make all my own bread) we lived that way for YEARS when my husband was teaching highschool and money was super tight. That was out of, ummm, survival, or desperation to make ends meet.
When he changed careers last June and money was no longer a desperate situation, I got out of the habit. So, we have been spending a little more than we would like to in the area of groceries lately.
And since we have a goal of doing some things to our house in order to move into a new home sometime in the next two years, we want to reign in any out of control expenses so we can put that “extra” money toward the house….
SO, it’s a good time to start over. Everyday is a new day. Every week is a new week. And with Lent coming, it feels so good to get disciplined in this area.
I am also thinking about doing the 30 days of Nothing for the 40 days of Lent….have you heard of that? Here’s the link: http://30daysofnothing.blogspot.com/2007/01/beginning.html
Well, in order to accomplish a few things, budget-wise, I really need to pull up my bootstraps in the area of menu-planning which inevitably saves us money on groceries. I have found that when I thoughtfully prepare a full week’s menu (all meals & snacks), I do an inventory of what I have and what I need and I wind up spending much less at the grocery store.
SO, my goal is to join Laura in posting my weekly menu plans. Hopefully in about a month we will really notice a difference in our bank account!
Monday: Chicken Ceasar Salad; Foccacia Bread
Tuesday: Taco Soup; Biscuits
Wednesday: Grilled Tilapia with fruit salsa; wild rice; Salad
Thursday: Chicken Parmesan with Egg noodles; Cheesey Garlic Bread
Friday: Baked Cod, Salad, Yummy Grean Beans
Saturday: Pizza night!
Sunday: (Eating at a wedding reception)
And if you are wondering why we don’t have a “leftovers” night, it is because my husband takes huge portions of leftovers for his lunches each day. And I sometimes eat them for lunch, too!!
What are you eating this week??
To see more weekly menus, check out Laura’s site!