OK, during the All You Magazine Challenge, it’s really Meal Plan SUNDAY! (Sorry!)
In my coupon class, I teach people how to save money at the stores. That is half of the equation for saving money on food, meal planning is the other half to it.
You have to USE the food you have brought home and not let yourself make the “fast food run” – those add up fast and kill your budget!
Meal planning also saves you time – no more getting home and playing “open up the cupboard doors, what falls out is for dinner” game. You KNOW what you are going to make/eat and have the recipes and ingredients handy. THIS saves you both time and money, two great things!
Last week was tight – we just squeaked in under budget but were traveling! We managed to take a few things from our stockpile with us – used hotels that had breakfasts included and enjoyed family festivities – so we justified spending over half our budget on a fun lunch for just the three of us.
Here is the plan for the week: Any time you see ** it means it was something pulled out of the freezer.
Here is the list:
Breakfast will include:
– Fresh fruit
– Emerald Breakfast To Go Granola/Nut packs
– boxed cereal (might as well, we have 30 boxes in stock!)
– frozen waffles
– breakfast cookies
Lunches as normal (sandwiches, soup, left overs, tappas plates) and for dinner…
Sunday: Pizza at the Bonnie Brae Tavern in Denver (A treat for Miss Sarah being the flower girl at our cousin’s wedding)
Monday : Baked chicken**, mixed veggies**, wild rice
Tuesday – English Muffin** Veggie Pizzas
Wednesday – Pasta Night! I am going to use that left over Greek Chicken** from our neighbor in a cream sauce with Italian veggies**.
Thursday – Cold Tuna Pasta Salad
Friday – Leftover baked chicken** and mixed veggies** become chicken pot pie!
Saturday – Fridge Clean Out Night!