I have realized in the last month that food prices are rising and my time for preparing food is diminishing. I am working more just to pay for the groceries we usually buy. I have decided to try some tricks to save some more.
Saturday is usually laundry day, but now we are making it pantry and laundry day. I will go through the pantry every Saturday to reorganize it and see what needs to be used. We will be having at least 2 food storage meals a week. Next is I will be getting out the crock pot cook books. I get home after 5 pm at least 2 days a week and that makes it so easy to not want to cook. Wish me luck!
Monday: Breaded Chicken Sandwiches (I'm attempting to make some ciabatta rolls, I'll let you know)
Tuesday: Bean Burritos (Beans from food storage)
Wednesday: Chicken Lo Mein, Gyozas (In the freezer)
Thursday: BBQ Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Frozen Corn
Friday: Sloppy Joes
Saturday: Steak, Potatoes and Salad
Sunday: Chicken Pot Pie
After I made the menu, I made my grocery list and I have a short list for milk, veggies and fruit. (Budget $30).
I have been trying to keep my monthly bill around $150 so I can spend $50 on eating out or Schwan's frozen meals and put some money away for my trip to Costco every 2-3 months (roughly $200-$300). That's about $300 a month on groceries. Oh MY! I know we could cut back, but everyone takes their lunch and fresh fruits and veggies are a HUGE must at our house!