I have proven to everyone that reads this blog that I am more than capable of saving ton of money each week of our family grocery bill. But, when it comes to planning and organizing our meals, I am horrible! Planning and Organization can be a huge part to saving not only on groceries but other things as well (time, patience, etc)! So, along with my cash-only diet this month, I am going to attempt to plan our meals at least a week in advance, and possibly do some freezer recipes as well. So, these menu plan snacks will actually contain calories – some more than others – but it will save you time and energy in the long run (for me anyway)!
I guess there are two components to this that I will need outside resources to utilize (FREE). I need to get a plan to determine what we will eat, and I also need some good freezer recipes (I'll snack on that one later…baby steps for me!).
First with the plan, there are a couple resources I've been lurkin' on and LOVE!
- I'm an Organizing Junkie is a blog where the author, Laura, has Menu Plan Monday. Sounds like what I need! I like how she posts her menu for the week and has her recipes in the week's post. She also has a section that readers can link their own weekly menus so you can get other ideas if you are interested.
- Carrie's Cooking is written by a fellow grocery gamer (holla), Carrie. She posts recipes with ingredients that I will generally have on hand (bought on sale of course) since she's bought them too (using her Grocery Game lists)! I love how she posts a shopping list for the upcoming week's menu each Friday prior. And, she gives you reminders in her daily posts to “pull the chicken out to thaw” in preparation for the next day's meal. Just what I need!
So, I think with a combination of both of these resources, I should have enough guidance on planning my meals – and the benefit is that I will be more organized with meal-time and utilize the massive stockpile we have accumulated!
And, if you're interested, watch for my own Menu Plans each Monday – I may post on Sundays if I'm feelin' inspired!