My main sticking point whenever I talk about coupons and saving money is simple: Plan your menus from what you have in your pantry, shop for what is on SALE and your perishable items whenever possible. I’ve been using coupons and using the theory of stockpiling for well over a year so this is a comfortable practice for me. For someone just beginning, it will be a little more difficult.
Not only does planning menus help you to save money on your grocery bill… it keeps you from wasting money on eating out when you aren’t sure what to prepare….it gives you the opportunity to take better care with WHAT you and your family are eating…you will be more apt to sit down at the table and eat as a family…and it will help to ease the stress in your daily life.
I am going to post my weekly menus every Sunday as a way to share ideas and methods with each one of you, and I will be keeping myself and MY family on track as well!
Monday: Meatloaf, Noodles and Sauce, Cooked Carrots
Tuesday: Greek Lemon Chicken, Red Potatoes, Green Beans
Wednesday: Homemade Pizzas, Tossed Salad
Friday: Homemade Chicken Soup
Saturday: French Dip Sandwiches, French Fries, Peas
Lunches: Grilled Turkey and Cheese, Vegetarian Chili, Cheese Quesidillas and Black Beans, Leftovers, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Homemade mac and Cheese
I use fruit, juice, crackers and cheese as well as granola bars for snacks for my kids throughout the day. I also will occasionally make desserts for my family with what I have on hand.
Wednesday this week is Brendan’s Birthday…so we will spend a little more money on groceries that we normally do since we are having company over for homemade pizza.
What will be on your table for dinner this week?