We often get asked “What do you eat?” and, “Don’t you get bored with _____________?” So I’m trying out something new and posting the meal plan.
Crazy thing: I do this weekly meal plan ANYWAY without the blog! In order to eat real food on a budget, it takes careful planning. There are, of course, some contingencies (no impulse buys, etc., and other balanced financial advice). However, it CAN work! When you’re buying less processed food, making more things yourself, buying meats in bulk (like 1/4 of a steer, for example), you find ways to save money.
A couple of days before I go grocery shopping, I create several days’ worth of meal plans (I try to plan around 10 days). This includes all three meals and some snacks. (Just a note: when you eat real food there’s less need for snacking as you are more full!) From this plan, I create my grocery list. I usually estimate how much each item will cost me to make sure I will stay within budget; it also means I stick very strictly TO the grocery list. I do not go grocery shopping more than once a week, and I try to stretch it to 10 days. (I don’t have any references at this time, but I’ve read it from tens of sources that stretching as long as you can manage between shopping trips saves money!) However, I understand that this really is an acquired skill for someone who doesn’t have as many bulk things stored up, or is accustomed to the habit of stopping by the grocery store a few times a week as needed. Hence, I have broken my plans into weekly plans. Going only once a week is a great goal to start with!
So what are we eating this week? I present to you the meal plan for the week of February 9th, 2014!
WEDNESDAY (This is our one serious crazy night a week. My goal is to cook something, but I often have to decide sort of at the last minute, so I try to keep my options open):
SATURDAY (I make bread every Saturday, and that’s our loaf for the week):
SNACKS FOR THE WEEK: extra yogurt, extra fruit, soaked granola, homemade fruit roll-ups, caramel corn, sweet potato chips, popcorn. I also buy Annie’s macaroni and cheese in bulk in case of emergencies.
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