Every week, on Tuesday, I work on my meal plan and grocery shop. This is usually an all day endeavor but is all done on my iPad and phone. I make a list of normal groceries that we are running low on so I have that when ordering groceries. I usually use Pinterest to make a list of meals for the week, sometimes a member of the family will throw a meal idea at me. I don’t plan meals per day, just a list of meals. I don’t know what I’ll be in the mood for on a certain day of the week. Yet I do plan for easy meals or meals to go along with busy days. I plan lunches if we need to. Once I figure out what meals I want I will start my grocery shopping.
Let’s just say Walmart grocery pick up has been very good to me. I take my time to put my groceries in my cart. I go meal by meal making sure I get everything, still doesn’t always happen, but less often than when I grocery shop in the store. Once I have my meals in my cart I then go through and put my grocery list in my cart. I then go look in the cupboard, fridge, and freezer to make sure I didn’t forget to put something on my list. I review my cart over and over trying to make sure I don’t forget anything and to see if I can slim it down to save some money. Why does healthy food have to cost so much?! If you haven’t tried the grocery pick up you can try it for $10 off of $50. Just click on this link!
It doesn’t seem like this should take all day right. If I had uninterrupted time to get this done it wouldn’t take me so long, but I have 3 kids and a dog, so yea, it takes me all day, a little here, a little there. Before kid #3 and our move we used to go to 2 grocery stores in a matter of a couple hours and pretty much plan meals as we shopped depending what the first store had in stock. Right now Walmart is the only cost effective store I have found in the area. Those of you that have an Aldi will understand how much I miss it.
I will start sharing my meal plans with you weekly. There will be attached links (just click on the meal name) to meals if I get it off of the internet, which I usually do. You can also check out my Pinterest page (<—click there) for the weekly meals.
This weeks meal plan:
-Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs, Salad
-Pasta, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
-Smoked Sausage, White Bean, Veggie Soup
-Italian Minestrone Soup
-Homemade Soft Pretzels
It may not seem like a weeks worth of meals but that's just how our week is going to go. We have lots of left overs and the husband is out of town for part of the meal week. From week to week you may see the same meal on the menu, usually that's because we didn't get to that meal due to eating out or just eating out of the fridge and pantry.
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