Meal planning. I’ve written about it before… a long time ago when I was much better at actually making a plan. I’m taking meal planning into my hands once again!
Since I work much better with a plan, I decided that’s what I need to start with. Write out what we’ll be eating. No more winging it at dinner time anymore. This girl’s getting more strict with herself.
I’ve figured out the meals for the next 7 days already. Even though this planner can be filled up for 4 weeks, so far I’ve only filled 7 days. I’ll continue to use this same one throughout the month to make sure I have variety, then I’ll keep it for times when I’m lacking creativity. It’s a wonderful tool to have to look back on for ideas.
It’s probably a good thing that I’m planning better now so that I know I’ll have filling and nutritious vegan me for me and my husband, but then I can more easily incorporate meat into the meal for him.
Meals I’ll be shopping for thus far…
Friday – Vegetarian pot pie with roasted chicken
Saturday – Sweet potato, lentil and brussel sprout burgers (for me) and stuffed burgers (for Jacob) + spinach salad
Sunday – Vegetarian crockpot chili + homemade fries
Monday – Chili mac + broccoli
Tuesday – Monster salads with millet bake
Wednesday – Pesto enchiladas
Thursday – Loaded potato hash
In addition to planning out dinners I’ve written out breakfasts and lunches for me and Jacob (lunch for me = left overs, lunch for Jacob = sandwiches – both are pretty simple). I’ll also make sure we have enough fruit and veggies to snack on for the week so that I only have to grocery shop once.
Nicole suggested that I try to only shop once or twice a week. I know that will definitely help keep costs down. Every little trip adds up!
I’ve got my meal planning started, now how else will I save? By coupon clipping! I love being able to find coupons online and print them at home. It’s challenging to really save any extra money when you buy in bulk bins (which I do a lot), but with packaged or frozen items I like to save whenever I can.
Here’s are some coupon sites I like to check out before heading to the grocery store:
In addition if there is a certain product I will be buying I just type a search into Google and look for one. Here’s a search I did today for So Delicious Coconut Milk.
Google search words: so delicious coconut milk coupon
The first 3 sites were just for the product’s website. The 4th site took me to a $1.00 off coupon (you can find it on the 7th page)! That’s money in my pocket. Plus I know it is on sale at my Fred Meyers right now so by using the coupon + having the sale I save more money. Isn’t saving money exciting!
If you can’t find a coupon online have no fear. Try emailing the company and asking for some coupons. A lot of the time they are willing to send you a few because they want you to try their product and become a returning customer.
What are your money saving tips? Do you write out your meals for the week or month?
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