That's right folks, another one bites the dust. I am going to give menu planning a fair shot. Not that I don't believe in it, but I must finally fed up enough with the "what am I going to make?" routine when I get home and even more tired of "that sounds good, but I only have 3 of the 7 ingredients I need". Please tell me I'm not the only one that happens to...
I think the biggest kick in the pants has been money. I am looking for any and every way to squeeze a few more bucks out of the budget. Since it doesn't look like we're going to get rid of the satellite, I'll give this a whirl. My current routine is to make one REALLY BIG (and by that I mean $350-$500) trip to the grocery store. Mind you, that will usually last 8 to 10 weeks. (side note: the last time I actually went to the grocery store to shop for groceries was some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas) But, what happens, is that I run out of something(s). Always. So I nickel and dime myself to death at the local gas stations/grocery stores. Don't get me wrong, I love supporting our locals - I'm glad they are there. However, it's not a suitable place for grocery shopping. My new goal is to try and go grocery shopping once every two weeks or so. I'm just going to try it and see where it takes our grocery money, hopefully further. My money goal is around $20 to $25 per week. I know that doesn't sound like much, but we have a major advantage of not having to purchase beef or pork. I'm not sure that's feasible, and if not, we can adjust, but here goes - our first week:
Stir Fry w/ Rice
(Frozen stir-fry veggies & leftover steak)
Crockpot Beef Roast, Potatoes & Carrots
Corn Flake Baked Chicken
Cheesy Potatoes (cooked, cubed potatoes with a Velveeta cheese sauce)
(Leftover) Roast Beef Hash
Saturday and Sunday will be "wingin' it" days
These are recipes that I have ingredients for right now at home. I think if I can get through this week, I'll be able to go to the grocery store this weekend and get stuff for next week/next two weeks. If I buy everything that's on my current list, it would be another $450 trip. My overall goal with this "project" is to become more organized, less stressed when it comes to dinner time, hopefully eat a bit more healthy and save a little money. Right now, I never buy fresh produce because I never know when I'll use it, so it usually goes bad. I'm hoping to be able to use more fresh foods.
Keep your fingers crossed - I'll keep you posted.