UPDATE!!! Money Saving Mom has free printable menu planners on her blog today!! Go get them for yourself if you think menu planning could help your family budget, your sanity, and your time management!
I mentioned a couple weeks ago that we brought quite a pile of books home with us from the homeschooling convention.
This is my current read. Money Saving Mom (Crystal Paine) is changing my life.
I recently decluttered as she instructed.
This is my pile from all the decluttering.
And from the other side. Plus a huge pile of clothes from my closet.
I have also started planning my meals for the week like Crystal suggested. I got to meet her in person and ask her some questions while visiting their booth at the convention.
This is the 3rd week I have planned out our meals ahead of time. Here is this weeks menu:
- Monday – Sicilian burgers, potato chips, leftover corn, homemade ice cream
- Tuesday – Salisbury Steak (from freezer), riced potatoes, corn, cooked carrots, strawberries
- Wednesday – Chimichanga (from freezer), leftover corn, ice cream
- Thursday – Meatloaf, Mac-n-cheese(homemade), salad
- Friday – Chicken salad, Bread, Roulade(from my new cookbook)
- Saturday – leftovers
- Sunday – Grilled Chicken in crockpot (from freezer), baked potatoes, clean out the leftover veggies, ice cream and brownies
So far so good! I’m loving getting it planned out ahead of time. I try to do the planning on Sunday, last week I ended up not getting to it till Monday morning. Having the meals planned and written out reminds me to get stuff out of the freezer in time for it to thaw. And the days I am making it all from scratch I know ahead of time instead of thinking about it at 5 o’clock and having no clue what’s for dinner. It also means that I have a grocery list made out for my husband and he gets all the supplies so I have them on hand.
And speaking of groceries. How much do you spend a week? We have 5 people in this household. I am finding we are definitely not spending an over amount on food. I thought we were doing pretty well with it but I haven’t been keeping close tabs on it. I am working on that!! But we are coming in under $100 per week even including my food swap stuff.
I plan to use more of Money Saving Mom’s tips, tricks, and hints as time goes on. I love how she doesn’t recommend jumping in over your head with the budgeting but instead to start with one thing and get it under control and flowing smoothly and then add another. She and her blog are truly an inspiration. I highly recommend you check it out if you never have.