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November 21st, 2011, 02:03 PM
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November 23rd, 2011, 09:00 AM
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I meal plan day by day. We're not very strict, and if I fail to produce a meal, we go out. I always have staple ingredients at home, we shop for those once every week or two, and then each day we go out and buy the rest. It's a lot of little work, but we're close to stores, i like to get out, and I can't always say for certain my family will like the meal I have planned for them that day, so by doing it each day I know what they want.
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November 23rd, 2011, 01:30 PM
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Things I find hard about it...

Finding the time to plan out meals and then later to find time to cook the meals that were planned earlier.
Planning around DH's fly by the seat of our pants schedule and odd hours.
Sticking to the planned meals.
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November 23rd, 2011, 03:31 PM
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I plan 15 days at a time (cause we get paid every 15 days). I find that it saves me a lot of money while still offering variety to our meals. We used to keep basic ingredients in the house and then we either ate the same thing every week or we were at the store a lot. We live walking distance from the store, but I like it a lot better when I can just grab it out of my pantry. I just write it out in a spiral.

1st

smothered chicken with rice

2nd

spaghetti with garlic bread

3rd

Italian pork chops with lipton noodles and green beans

etc


to the side I write the ingredients that I need for each meal and that becomes my grocery list. It takes about an hour (which is totally do-able for me). Once sometimes twice a week I'll put a super easy meal like hot dogs or fried rice (I have a really simple recipe). I don't usually go in order, so like I won't use the 1st recipe on the first, but I pin the list onto the fridge and cross them out as I use them and I know I have all the ingredients so it doesn't matter if I stick to it. Then also I can use the easy meals on days that I'm unexpectedly swamped.

If I go shopping and dig through the aisles grabbing things that I think I'll use or that I want to use, my bill is always higher than if I meal plan. If I rely on building a meal around what I have at home, I get into a rut on my variety because my "stock" ingredients are pretty similar from week to week.
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November 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
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I do weekly meal plans, mainly because we eat a lot of vegetables and they just don't stay fresh longer than a week. I do them on Mondays, which is the same day we do grocery shopping.

I always have frozen vegetables, rice, barley, potatoes, etc. around and we stock up on meat every 4-5 weeks (we buy large quantities and I'm able to butcher and portion and freeze and it saves us a lot of money) so we usually have at least a couple kinds of meat in the freezer too

I go to my grocery stores website and browse through their weekly ad to see what's on sale and I incorporate those things into the meals. I write my meal plan alongside my grocery list. I also take into consideration things in my pantry/fridge that need to be used up. I try to work in 2-3 meat-free meals per week and no more than 1 pasta dish in a week. Other than that's it's pretty open.

I keep old meal plans around for ideas if I'm stuck and I always ask dh if there's anything in particular he wants.
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November 26th, 2011, 10:05 AM
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we eat the same thing every week since DH's options are so limited. Drives me insane, so sometimes I make two meals just so I can have something else.

But we get the same ingredients weekly.
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November 28th, 2011, 11:06 AM
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I plan 15 days at a time (cause we get paid every 15 days). I find that it saves me a lot of money while still offering variety to our meals. We used to keep basic ingredients in the house and then we either ate the same thing every week or we were at the store a lot. We live walking distance from the store, but I like it a lot better when I can just grab it out of my pantry. I just write it out in a spiral.

1st

smothered chicken with rice

2nd

spaghetti with garlic bread

3rd

Italian pork chops with lipton noodles and green beans

etc


to the side I write the ingredients that I need for each meal and that becomes my grocery list. It takes about an hour (which is totally do-able for me). Once sometimes twice a week I'll put a super easy meal like hot dogs or fried rice (I have a really simple recipe). I don't usually go in order, so like I won't use the 1st recipe on the first, but I pin the list onto the fridge and cross them out as I use them and I know I have all the ingredients so it doesn't matter if I stick to it. Then also I can use the easy meals on days that I'm unexpectedly swamped.

If I go shopping and dig through the aisles grabbing things that I think I'll use or that I want to use, my bill is always higher than if I meal plan. If I rely on building a meal around what I have at home, I get into a rut on my variety because my "stock" ingredients are pretty similar from week to week.

This is Exactly what we do!!! To the "T" LMBO!
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