I then look at the meats that are on sale that week. Last week, there was a great sale at Sunflower Market on their ground meats. Ground chicken breast, turkey and beef were on sale for $1.97 a pound. In addition their Italian sausage and pork loin roasts were on sale. Once I pick the meats, I go ahead and plan my main dishes around these meats. (I also bought extra for the freezer, more on that later.) I pull out the recipes and make sure that I have all the ingredients for them either in the pantry or on my shopping list. I then go through the circular and plan my side dishes. My menu ended up being,
Wednesday- Spaghetti with Italian Sausage, salad, french bread
Thursday- Creole Stuffed Peppers (ground beef), broccoli and
honeyed carrots (crockpot)
Friday- Roast Pork Roast with cranberry chutney, green beans, wild rice and tossed salad,
Saturday- Tamale Pie, corn, fresh tomatoes and shredded lettuce
Sunday- Beef Pot Roast- Bought on sale last month used out of freezer,
new potatoes, carrots and peas
Monday- White Chicken Chili on rice (crockpot)
Tuesday- A family tradition- Srevotfel- Leftovers- It just sounds more
elegant when you spell and say it backwards!!! This cleans out the fridge for shopping on Wednesday.
Once week a month- I challenge myself to make all the meals from the pantry and the freezer so that the only things I have to purchase from the store are fresh veggies and dairy items. This helps the budget a lot!!!!!
When you plan ahead you:
- Are prepared for dinners on busy days with food in the crock pot or quick preparation recipes so that you can avoid last minute take out or delivery food that costs so much.
- Avoid extra trips to the grocery store that do cost you extra cash with those impulse purchases!
- Prepare a broader variety of meals when you write it all down and do a little bit of planning.
- Ultimately save money!!!!!!!