Just like the kids have their back to school growing pains, I'm having mine with weeknight meals that don't take too long!
Since we don't eat out much, it's important that I plan my meals for the week (either on Sat or Sun) and make sure I have all the ingredients & supplies I may need. If not, it needs to go on the shopping list! At the same time, I also take inventory of what I need for lunch packing, breakfasts and lunch stuff for Jer and I.
I usually do my grocery shopping on Monday or Tuesday because that means I don't have to take the kids!
Meal planning doesn't have to take a long time!
I was sitting outside yesterday planning it out while the kids were riding bikes, 10-20 minutes tops!
This is my favorite grocery shopping list and it has been for years!
You can download it for FREE here from Hello Cuteness.
To save money, I like to plan some of my meals with groceries I already have on hand and maybe didn't use the week prior like you intended to! You might of changed things up on the fly and you still have all the ingredients for that particular recipe you skipped!?!
Also take inventory of what you have in the freezer. Sometimes you forget what you have in there...I know I do.
When you get stumped on what to make, reference your cookbooks or now days Pinterest!!!
Some fun things you can do is plan your meals by your days!
1. Slow Cooker Mondays.
2. Taco Tuesdays.
3. Meat-n-Potato Wednesday.
4. Pasta Thursday.
5. Quesadilla Friday.
You can tailor it to how you like but you get what I'm saying, then you have direction, now come up with different recipes or creative ways to make a quesadilla, taco or pasta dish?!?!
It costs me just about $200 a week to feed a family of 5, breakfast-lunch-dinner!
My dinners for the week consists of:
Cherry tomato spaghetti
The rest of the groceries are for breakfasts, lunches, school lunch packing and snacks!