Monday, October 20, 2008

Menu Planning

First of all- BOO to Texas A&M and the Cowboys. We had a really SUCKY football weekend. THREE interceptions, Mr Brad Johnson? We need a real backup quarterback and HECK YES I am bitter about it ...

I wanted to talk today about menu planning. I think my mom does it and I've started and it helps a lot. First of all, you develop a PLAN so you can sort of make sure when you get home from work you have time to actually cook ... and lately it's helped with the budget.

We eat out WAY too much - especially now when it would really benefit EVERYONE to save a little more. I am sort of challenging myself this week. The challenge IS I will be cooking dinner at home for ONE WEEK- I began Saturday night... and I will be bringing my lunch everyday this week except for Thursday- because Berry Hill Tamale Company has $1 tamales on Thursday. I get three of them, a glass of water and free chips and hot sauce. It costs $3.25 total for lunch on Thursday's- that will be my treat to me! Maybe this is no big challenge to some of you- but for us, it IS! I eat lunch out at LEAST three times a week and we eat out at LEAST 2-3 times a week too. Especially on weekends.

Saturday dinner was tacos, Sunday was Asian Chicken with Peach salsa.
Monday: Frito Pie for Conrad; Pizza Rolls for Karyn
Tuesday: Grilled Cheese and Bean & Bacon Soup
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Garlic Bread
Thursday: Egg Salad Sandwiches and Soup
Friday: Homemade Pizza

.... and this week for lunch I made beenie weenies which I LOVE and then on Friday I'll bring left over spaghetti. Grocery shopping for the next two weeks cost $60 this weekend, with coupons ... the total WAS $80.... and included in that cost was also lunches for me.



Jess said...

Menu planning is what saved us from eating out as often. Before it was like, we'd discuss online during the day what to have for dinner, and then one of us would have to stop at the grocery store on the way home to buy ingredients, and the store would be crowded, and then we'd still have to cook, and half the time we just went out to avoid the hassle. Then we started planning out our meals for the upcoming week, making a shopping list, and buying everything we needed for the week all at once. It made a huge difference and now we eat out much less.