- Save money by preparing a grocery list based strictly on the ingredients require for dinner preparation.
- Save money by clipping or printing coupons for items on the grocery list
- Save time by knowing exactly what's for dinner on those busy weeknights of work and commuting, kids and their school, sports (etc), and homework.
- This makes life a little more stress free for the same reason.
- You don't have to eat the same damned thing every week. We got bored of Taco Tuesday real fast.
- Try new recipes by planning special grocery or schedule requirements in advance.
- Save even more money by preventing waste by planning meals based on groceries that may be expiring soon.
Another cost and time saving measure I discovered was buying certain items in bulk, such as meat, and freezing it in portions. Every two to three weeks I have a very short grocery list because I have most of the grocery items I need for recipes already in stock. So, my weekly grocery budget goes to restocking fresh fruits and veg, maybe lunch meat - the usual staples.
My Weekly Meal Plan for July 18-24Monday: Chicken w/ Mushrooms and Swiss (casserole)
Tuesday: Turkey Burgers w/ Steak Fries and Steamed Broccoli
Wednesday: Chicken & Peppers on Sesame Rice
Thursday: Artichoke & Broccoli Casserole w/ Mushroom Sauce
Friday: 3 Cheese Manicotti
Saturday: Saturday is always Pizza day!
Sunday: Leftover round up
This week, I've used The Big Book of Casseroles: 250 Recipes for Serious Comfort Food [Paperback] as my primary source for recipes. We'll see how it goes!
Do you create a weekly menu plan? What tips or tricks do you know that help save time, money, and work?