I am finally back, school is over and I am now expecting!!! This has lead me to want to get into budgeting. I figured the perfect time is now as a new year is starting. If it works out really well I will share it on here.
For now though, as part of my budgeting I want to keep the grocery bill below $200 a month and not go out to eat as often as we used to (which was a lot!!). To help me with this I am going to start menu planning. I am going to start out one week at a time and hopefully build up to two! I have heard of people planning for a whole month but I don’t know if I am up for that, I guess we will see!
I will share on here my menu plans and I am going to start doing a little bit of couponing! I am hoping this will keep me a little more organized and maybe even help someone out along the way!
This week Jan7th-12th
Sunday I made Stuff Pepper Soup and Chicken and Noodles (click the links for the recipes). These will be used for lunches and snacks. I also plan on making bread one day this week. I will have two loafs so I plan on freezing one of the.
Monday- Going out to dinner for my sister’s birthday
Tuesday- Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Bread
Wednesday- Brats and Homemake Baked French Fries
Thursday- Beef and Noodles on Mashed Potatoes
Friday- Deer Steaks, Garlic Potatoes, and Corn
I will also use leftovers and fruit in lunches to help reduce cost. I also had my mom make me some ice cream to have as a snack this week.
When I started planning this week’s menu I tried to use things I already had. My husband hunts so I have a lot of deer burger, a couple roasts, and some steaks so this reduced my cost a lot this week, which is a good thing because all of our big bills are due at the beginning of the month. Therefore, I only had to go grocery shopping for the following:
Whipping Cream- for the ice cream
Yeast- for the bread
I also found kiwi on sale so I bought some of that! Actually all the fruit was on sale at Aldi’s, the Aldi’s near me has very good produce and at a good price!