With a family of 6, meal planning is a necessity. If we are lucky, the weekends are spent getting ready for a busy week ahead. I’ve found that planning out our meals ahead of time makes our weekday schedule a lot less hectic and we save a lot of money by doing this.
I’m not a big crockpot fan, so we aren’t able to just throw things in the crockpot and come home to a cooked meal.
I try to stick to a budget of $120 a week for grocery shopping. Yes, this requires looking at the store ads on Tuesday, and stocking up on sale items, along with coupon shopping ( I love a good sale, and I LOVE coupons….ask any of my kids).
Here’s how I go about this:
I have to look at our week ahead. This coming week is going to be busy so that means that I need to have meals prepared ahead of time and in the freezer ready to go. We have to plan ahead or we are lost throughout the week, which will result in eating out.
Once I come up with the menu, I write it out on the menu board in the kitchen.
Here’s what our week ahead looks like.
Monday-Sweet Potato Tacos (prepare ahead) I’m excited to try this recipe out. Here is the link if you’re interested in trying it for yourself →Smitten Kitchen
Tuesday-Veggie rice bowls
Wednesday-Pasta Bake, bread & salad (make ahead & freeze)
Thursday-Enchiladas, rice & beans (make ahead & freeze)
Sunday-Soup & Grilled Cheese
The items I freeze I will cover in foil and write the baking temp and time just in case I’m not home to put it in. This way if I have to ask a kid to throw it in the oven for me, it’s all written out and they know what to do.
This is one example of how we try to stay organized in our blended mess. For all things frugal visit the Frugal Tribe Page
I would love to hear about some your ways of staying organized and planning ahead.
♥ The Blended Tribe