January 6, 2013

Meal Planning is Back!

Tyler and I sat down and figured out ways we can start saving more money each month.  We both have our eyes on a dream house and we need to make sure we are saving as much as we can each month toward that.  So one of the ways I know I can save more is meal planning.  I haven't been making grocery lists.  Instead I have just been buying whatever I see and think we need.  I am now back to figuring out what we will eat every night for dinner so I can make a list of only the things we need.

Remember the breakfast bake I made on Christmas morning?  Well Tyler loves it so much that he asked me to make it every Sunday so he can have it each morning for breakfast during the week.  It's just as good leftover.  I can't imagine eating it every morning and I wonder how long until he's sick of it.  But I'll keep making it until that happens!

And lastly, Tyler has been basically eating out for lunch every day.  So I have vowed to make him a lunch for every day.  He loves to eat the same thing every day so it's pretty easy.  Two sandwiches, chips and fruit.  So I am packing five Ziploc bags of chips every Sunday for him (one for each day) and will make his sandwiches and throw in an apple or some other fruit that we have.  This alone will make a big difference!

This week I didn't get groceries for our dinners.  I am trying to use up what we have so we can start fresh next week.  So here are our dinners for the week!

Monday, January 7th - Chicken Alfredo
Tuesday, January 8th - Cheeseburger macaroni with a veggie steamer
Wednesday, January 9th - Going out for dinner for Kyla's birthday (doesn't really go with the saving money plan, but it's a special occasion)
Thursday, January 10th - Baked chicken with a veggie steamer
Friday, January 11th - Pizza
Saturday, January 12th - Kyla's birthday party so we'll be having leftovers from that
Sunday, January 13th - Tator Tot Casserole and a veggie

After making that list I realized that I could probably go another week without getting groceries, other than the necessities of course (milk, bread, etc.).  I have stuff for tacos, lasagna, waffles (which we love for dinner), calzones, and more chicken meals.  I didn't even realize I had all this :)

Kyla and I basically eat Cheerios every morning for breakfast.  I try to make waffles once a week and once in awhile I'll give into my cinnamon roll temptation.  She also eats the breakfast bake sometimes, but she's a creature of habit like her Mama so she usually prefers Cheerios.

For lunch, Kyla and I basically rotate between grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, lunch meat or hot dogs.  Or leftovers from the night before.  She loves bananas so she has one of those or applesauce usually.  Sometimes she has string cheese, but usually that's her afternoon snack.  That and graham crackers.

I know most of you could care less about what we eat, but doing this helps me be accountable.  So feel free to skip over the meal plan posts each week.  I won't be offended!  And if you're a fairly new follower, you should know that we're a simple family.  I don't spend all my time and energy into making extravagant meals.  But it's important to us to sit down and eat dinner as a family every night.  I'm always up to try new things so if you ever have a recipe you think we'll like, please share!  I am one of those people that eat the same thing everywhere I go, but I know Tyler loves when I try new things for our family.


  1. Great plan, I really need to do this!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  2. If you're interested in branching out, I did the same thing a few years ago. While I stick to the same 3 - 4 basic meals each week, I would try to use staple ingredients plus something fun and make one new meal each week. This way I wasn't buying a huge bag of something I would never use but was able to branch out a little bit at a time.

  3. I started doing this about a year ago and for US it made a huge difference. To keep from getting too boring I try to make something new/different a few times a month without affecting the grocery bill. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I was going to post ours today too, but I never got around to it. Good job getting it all laid out! Tyler's lunch sounds just like what I make Joe. However, Joe has been eating out more since he is traveling. I have been trying to make up big batches of chili and buy canned soup, things like that where he can just heat it up in the microwave.

  5. I'm working on that too! Especially using my crock pot more! :)