This week, I’m starting a series on meal planning and how I save money on groceries. I thought it would be helpful to provide some tips on how to do this. Really being strategic about planning out a weekly menu, shopping with a list and managing leftovers can seriously save money on groceries. When you consider that the big 3 household expenditures are housing, transportation and food, learning how to better manage your kitchen is a great money saving opportunity. Of course, it’s not all about money. Just think of how much healthier food you prepare at home can be for your family. For much less than going out to eat, you can put whole, nutritious foods on your table that will be a benefit to everyone.
This is part one of an ongoing series of our weekly meal plan and grocery shopping trip. Each week, I’ll provide you with a daily meal plan and grand total spent.
Of Food Budgets And Success
I feel really good about our meal plan this week. As the picture shows, shopping frugally doesn’t mean going without or eating Ramen and Spaghetti O’s. Rather, I’ve found great deals on nutritious whole foods for the week. I was able to pick up a few extra items for later that were marked down without going over the budget. How exciting!
Meal Planning And Soup Making
It just so happens that I’m checking my pantry and freezer while making a grocery list today. I’ve found quite a few great meals, including a yummy soup for today.This is yet another proclamation for my love of soup on wintery days. Today, Boulder is expecting 10inches of snow and I find myself lucky enough to have the day off. That means I can look out the window and exclaim, “oh how pretty the snow is,” without having to deal with driving in it. It also means I’m craving a warm bowl of homemade soupy goodness.
Leftover Bits Transformed
As usual, my boys returned from school hungry and ready for a second lunch. Making creative snacks is a great way to use up leftovers – not to mention get your kids to eat a healthy snack. A Panini is just one way to put all those little bits and pieces from other meals to good use. After making a quick search of the refrigerator, I found the makings for a tasty panini.