Posts Tagged ‘menu planning’

Monthly Menu Plans

Monday, September 5th, 2011 by by
Last month, I decided to start doing a monthly menu plan on the advice of The Grocery Shrink. (By the way, f you haven’t read her ebook or blog, I encourage you to check it out!) Not only has this been much easier than I originally thought, it has made my days and weeks less stressful and allowed us to save a bunch of money by avoiding eating out due to my not knowing what to make for dinner.
I was able to quickly fill in all the meals by assigning each day of the week a theme. Here are some of my themes:
  • Mondays: Soup Night
  • Tuesday: Big Meat Night
  • Wednesday: Group Meal Night
  • Thursday: Crock-Pot Night
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza Night
  • Saturday: Grilling Out Night (Until summer ends that is)
  • Sunday: Easy/Leftover/Freezer Meal Night
You can view our family’s September Menu Plan here.
Monthly menu-planning makes it easier to take advantage of early sales for meals later in the month, and it actually reduces the time spent shopping. Less money is wasted on impulse buys and more money is saved or allocated for stockpiling the pantry.
I am loving this new method of menu planning! Of course, life often gets in the way of seeing this plan completely to fruition, but having an idea of what to do has helped so much!
How do you menu plan?

Menu Plan Monday – 4/18

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by by

Here we are at another Monday! I’m here in my pj’s, in the dark with a bit of sunshine gleaming through the sides of our black-out curtains in the living room while Hubs and Eli sleep. Did I say I got a new laptop?? Yup. Uncle sam was a bit kind to us this year and we already have a few things off our to-do list, like buy me a laptop (I think it was a sign that I was hogging Hubs laptop) as well as pay some of my moms back taxes & property taxes (which seem to never go away). If we have anything left over I want to get a new ‘eco-friendly’ toilet as well as fix a small leak we have in the backyard, from what? I have no idea… but that might have to come first. Other than that… I need a cell phone, but that might get pushed back a few more months or a year. I haven’t had a cell phone in over a year and before that I didn’t have one for a few years. I’m good without having one, but having one just makes life a whole lot easier. (more…)

Menu Plan Monday – Low Cost!

Monday, April 18th, 2011 by by

As you saw last week…. I saved tons at H-E-B last week. So I will not be going grocery shopping this week. I am going to stop by Sun Harvest to grab some good deals on Organic Fruits, but shopping shopping… nope! I already started today by making some Chorizo and Egg tacos for a snack. That chorizo had been in the freezer for a few weeks already!

Monday – Chicken n Black bean Toastadas

Tuesday -Meaty Cheesy Pasta Maranara with tossed salad

Wednesday – Leftovers with corn bread

Thursday – Lo Mein with sauteed broccoli n zucchini

Friday – Fish Sticks with mac n cheese

Saturday – Lunch with Daddy

Sunday – Grilled Cheese Sammies n Tomato Soup

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Menu Plan Monday – April Fools!

Monday, April 11th, 2011 by by

What’s on your menu this week?! Have you ever menu planned before? I’ve been doing it for about four or five years now. I had some questions these past few weeks about menu planning. We also got into some discussion about how I go shopping. Well, as requested I’ll be posting a Q&A today! I hope any of you who are interested in menu planning will get started and not be intimidated.

  1. How much time to I take planning? Not long at all! First thing I do is check my pantry and make my meals out of what I have first. Second I check blogs for FREE items and I’m done! 2 hours tops.
  2. Do you use any system or website? I know there are lots of apps or sites to help you plan or where to find coupons but I don’t use any. The one place I do check out is I really don’t think I would ever pay to have someone tell me what I should make.
  3. Do you ever get stuck in a rut? Oh yeah! One week we had tacos 3 times! But each day I’ll do something different, add grilled onions, add a different spice.
  4. How much do you spend weekly? I spend no more than $100/week. This past month I think I only spend $50/week!

Menu Planning really isn’t that hard. We also got into discussion about government assisted programs. I do receive benefits and others were saying it’s not fair. Well,  every situation is different and in our situation we use our benefits to “benefit” us and treat it like our own money. We don’t just spend on whatever…. Healthy Child, Healthy World posted a video on their blog about about this very issue. (more…)


Menu Plan Monday – NOTHING!

Monday, April 4th, 2011 by by

Who wants to get cooking! Last week was such a blur… actually the past two weeks. But things should get back to normal… do I always say that?! Being a MOMMY, it seems like every other week is like that. And it looks like both Vetty n Eli are coming down with a cold. And I just had a mini breakdown because I was telling myself I should take Eli to the doctor so I can get her some meds just incase soups and “mommy love” doesn’t work… but then I though… “OMG, she two!” What does that mean? Well, it means she can take most OTC meds! Ahhh! She’s growing too fast, she’s ganna be 4 before you know it. That means she’s ganna start school before you know it. Which means I have to buy her uniforms, which means I have to pay for them, which means…… AHHhh! (more…)

Menu Plan Monday

Monday, April 4th, 2011 by by

This week we are going on a mini-vacation to a cabin in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. We went there for our one year anniversary and loved it, and have since been waiting for an opportunity to go back! I am looking forward to our cabin getaway and all the relaxing and rejuvenation that comes with it!
Monday – Dinner with family
Tuesday- Asian Stir Fry
Wednesday- Crockpot Chili w/ cheese and crackers
Thursday- Veggie Grill Out w/ Hamburgers
Friday- Freezer Meal – Brown Rice Soup
Saturday- Tacos
Sunday- Dinner w/ church group
This post is part of Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday, February 28th, 2011 by by

Monday: Egg Salad Sandwiches

Tuesday: Chicken n Rice Casserole

Wednesday: Chicken Teriyaki w/Mushrooms

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: *Birthday Party*

And here rolls in another BUSY week! I haven’t gone grocery shopping yet, nor sorted through my all coupons! Ahhh! Wish me luck! Check our Organizational Challenge… she hasn’t posted this week’s Menu Plan Monday, so check that out.


Menu Plan Monday – Hearty

Monday, February 21st, 2011 by by

So I thought of a cute theme for the week! “Hearty” Something will be heart shaped all this week! I love it when I’m so creative! :D

Monday – Spaghetti n “Hearty” Sausage w bread sticks and Cherry Pie

Tuesday – Red Beans n Rice with “love” Cornbread

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Chicken n Broccoli w/white “lovely” rice

Friday – Hot “Red” Chalupa Night!

Yup… so it’s Valentines! I feel like I’ve been in the kitchen since Friday night! I did all my daughters treats and no one ate them. I told the teacher I was going to make rice krispy treats but she didn’t tell me that they for sure, don’t allow home-made treats anymore! Boohoo. But luckily we celebrated my moms birthday on Sunday and we had dessert to have. They were delicious. I should have taken pictures, but I’m so forgetful! (more…)

How I Menu Plan with a Baby

Friday, January 28th, 2011 by by

Ever since Peanut was born, I have struggled with finding a way to keep healthy meals on our table without going crazy planning and shopping for them. I used to be able to take my time planning out exactly what we would eat, complete with a shopping list reflective of store sale fliers and coupon deals. I used to save a lot of money using coupons and sales! However, Peanut makes this process much more difficult, and as such, I’ve had to entirely rethink how I do things.

A trip to the grocery store without a list is probably the biggest budget buster one can make. I know our bank accounts have been reflective of these impulse buys the past 6 months! I really needed to figure out a way to get back on track, without losing my sanity in the meantime.

Enter, E-Mealz. I had heard about e-mealz over a year ago, but I didn’t think it was worth it for our family at that time. But now that we have an energetic baby in the family, that has definitely changed! E-Mealz is an affordable menu-planning service that not only plans out a week’s worth of meals for your family, but they also provide a shopping list for your grocery store for those items. E-Mealz bases their menus off circular and sale prices, with the total grocery cost ranging from $35 to $90 a week depending on the meal plan you choose to go with (They have Aldi plans that start at $35 and Gluten Free plans that average $90). You get all this for only $5 a month – that’s only $1.25 a week! They have plans for 2 people as well as the standard family plan which feeds 4-6 people.

If you’re worried about liking the meals, rest assured, I have tested over 2 weeks worth of meals and can attest that they are delicious and easy to make! I have been impressed with this service so much. It has been well worth the money and then some! If you’re struggling with planning meals out for your family, staying on budget in the grocery store or just spending too much time doing your own planning, then I encourage you to give e-mealz a try! My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!