Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weekly Menu Plan for Jan 16-22, 2011

We did really well last week with the new grocery strategy. I only made one trip to the store. Wasn't real sure how that was going to turn out, but it actually turned out great. We saved quite a bit of money by only going to the store once. It really did make a much greater difference than I thought it would.

Anyway, here's our menu for this week. I got started on posting it a little late and we did make a change today. It reflects what we have already had and intend to have in the upcoming days.

Sunday lunch: Zaxby's (had to get some spray paint for a bedroom project)
Sunday pm: Grilled hamburgers, assorted chips (bags that were already opened)

Monday: Fish, french fries, cheese grits, fresh bread

Tuesday: Cheeseburger macaroni (hamburger helper), green beans, raw carrots with dressing

Wednesday: Tuna cakes, cole slaw, pasta salad, pickles

Thursday: Spinach chicken alfredo, cucumber salad

Friday: Boston butt, creamed corn, butter beans, potatoes au gratin (boiled potatoes for husband since he doesn't like au gratin - calls them all rotten potatoes - LOL!)

Saturday lunch: Meat loaf, macaroni and cheese, cabbage
Saturday pm: Ginger chicken, steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots), mashed potatoes

If you'd like other ideas for this week's meals, visit Organized Junkie here.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekly Menu Plan for Jan. 9-15, 2011

Here is our weekly menu plan for this week. We are trying to only visit the grocery store once this week as a new strategy to saving money at the grocery store. See my earlier post today about that.

Sunday lunch: Grilled hamburgers, chips
Sunday dinner: Fried pork chops, oven baked sweet potatoes and onions, stuffing, corn muffins

Monday: Pizza and salad

Tuesday: Taco soup, corn chips

Wednesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, corn, pineapple chunks

Thursday: Chicken with peppers and onions, speckled butter beans, oven fried potatoes

Friday: Beef stew with potatoes and tomatoes, raw carrots with dressing

Saturday: Fish, cheese grits, slaw

For more menu ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday for this week.

New Year's Resolutions - Not Here!

I know it's a new year and everyone has started (and probably failed already) some of those new year's resolutions. I decided this year to not make any resolutions - instead I am going to simply DO.

I have been reading a book entitled "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family." I have it on loan from our local library. It is by Steve and Annette Economides. I haven't read enough yet to decide if I will purchase the book, but it does have some outstanding ideas. I will continue to read it and let you know if I intend to purchase it.

Right now, I am following one simple rule or strategy: visit the grocery store once a week. We went this morning and I don't intend to stop in there again this week. I am the world's worst about going multiple times a week: forgot something, didn't take anything out for dinner, didn't we have enough milk yesterday, what do you mean we don't have any chili seasoning for the chili. These are just a few of the thoughts (and sometimes words) that seem to travel around me during the week. So I have planned a menu and made sure that everything that we needed is going to be available without trips to the store.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I think this is going to be a hard one!!