We are trying to live on a budget. We’ve kind of done this for a while, but not very well. There are different ways for people to try and better their spending habits, and for us, menu planning is a big way to do this. We shop once a week and we make our rounds. We used to go to Sharp Shopper first, then Costco, then Martins, Walmart, then Friendly City. Now we have more of a plan. I try to coupon, but it’s been harder lately, I just feel that the coupons aren’t as useful right now. So, sales papers are my best friends.
One thing I didn’t spend too much time on was meat. We bought it when we needed it and it was a stop along the way. Now, we try and only get meat that is BOGO free or at a big discount. That’s one big secret. The other is getting frozen veggies at the best price you can. Sometimes it’s $1 a bag and sometimes cheaper, but stock up when you can.
Anyway, to the planning… Sean and I have certain days we designate as days we cook dinner. Since he’s not home every night, I can make just a quick something when he’s not here. But I try to make something yummy for the night he gets home. We try to have this wrapped up by Saturday so we have the shopping list finished.
Here’s the menu! Maybe it can spark you to make a menu too!
|Monday||Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup|
|Wednesday||Shrimp and Bacon on Polenta|
|Thursday||Perogies with veggies|