As a reminder …
The strategies am I trying out this month include:
- Weekly meal planning and shopping
- Recipes with just a few ingredients
- One meatless meal per week
- One weekly throwaway meal (a meal that I don’t have to “cook” but keeps us away from McD’s)
My Grocery Challenge goal for the month is to spend only $100 per week on groceries. This amount will include ALL our groceries and food EXCEPT Josh’s lunches.
WEEK 3 UPDATE:
I started the week with a budget fail ($25 over budget after coupons). Then a busy week hit, and we ate McDonald’s once and ordered pizza once as well (although I have a hard time calling the pizza night a fail because YUM!). On top of that I also
had to run out ran out for “just a few things” multiple times. So yeah, FAIL.
The only wins of the week were having more coupons than usual and somehow using much less milk. Normally we drink 6 gallons a week, and this week I had a whole gallon left!
This week’s menu looks something like this:
- Taco Soup
- Pineapple/BBQ sausage, mac & cheese, & veg
- Chicken parm sandwiches and fries
- Italian Herb chicken legs, rice, & veg
- Pasta & garlic bread
- Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, & veg
(I’m taking one commenter’s suggestion and just planning seven meals since we never stick to the Sunday – Saturday order I plan anyways. I bought fresh & frozen veggies; I’ll decide what to prepare when I decide what meal we’re eating.)
Breakfasts will be eggs and bacon or pancakes (on the weekends) and cereal or mini-bagels (during the week).
Lunch choices will be turkey or ham wraps or homemade peanut butter & honey uncrustables; apples or grapes ; and cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, or grape tomatoes; peanuts or almonds; and some kind of crackers. (Our lunches are GROWING! My super swimmer needs a ton ore calories on swim days!)
This week I am determined to stick with the meal plan and stay AWAY from fast food and takeout pizza. I definitely felt those extra heavy meals and not just in the budget. The day after Mickey D’s I woke up feeling crummy, and I know it was because of what I ate. Back to the meal plan for me!
Also I’m already over-budget for the week. I spent about $115, but here’s what. I’ve checked and re-checked my list and stressed about it, and then my husband said something so simple and so right. $100 isn’t enough for us. Plain and simple. Because I buy so much fresh produce and so much milk, because I make all our meals (except his lunches) at home, I just need to re-think that amount. Throughout the week, I’ll put more thought into and likely change my goal for October. More on that next week!
Any other suggestions for my budget woes?