These posts are inspired by GroceryBudget101.com's $50 Meal Plans. They are veterans at this and must have one massive freezer.
The first step is planning: I plan to shop for produce at the farmers market and everything else at our discount store. While I work in a grocery store, it is considered a "luxury" shopping location and is very expensive. I've always bought meat here but the prices have become unreasonable - $4/lbs. for just about anything except whole chickens. I've had to negotiate with my husband about the meat issue.
I also utilize a weekly menu and meal prep for my planning. The discount store I shop at doesn't take coupons so I've cut those out (no pun intended!) for the most part. Every once in a while I catch a deal on grocerysmarts.com worth stocking up on.
Additionally, our garden is just getting started and our rabbits are not old enough for slaughter yet. In later weeks you'll see
This week we bought: Boneless skinless chicken breast (4 lbs.), ground turkey (2lbs.), mushroom-chicken sausage (1lbs.), beef ramen, coffee creamer, kale, lettuce, green onions, asparagus, bananas, 3lbs. bag of onions, yogurt, 2 boxes of cereal, french bread, and 1 jar of pasta sauce.
Meal-share Benefits with Family: 1 whole turkey and 3 goose eggs.
From the Garden (and some Foraging): Morel mushrooms and dandelion greens.
This hasn't been the healthiest week for us. I've been working late nights so when I come home dinner is the last thing I want to do, and I can't prep it in the morning because I'm doing homework in the mornings. I overspent on some things though - like french bread and jarred sauce - and as a result we ran out of bananas, coconut milk and eggs. Learning to overcome impulse shopping, sticking to your meal plan, making a meal plan you can stick to, etc. are all necessary lessons.
I've always stuck to a tight food budget but this is only my 3rd month of meal planning.
This Week's Meal PlanBreakfast options:
Yogurt and granola
Frogs in a hole
Vegan chili verde
Sausage pasta with spinach
Saturday - Chicken curry with brown rice
Sunday - Enchiladas
Monday - Turkey and kale soup
Tuesday - Ground beef ramen and salad
Wedensday - Turkey gravy over potatoes
Thursday - Steak, garlic creamed pasta and asparagus
Friday - Turkey meatballs with marinara and fresh bread
Crunchy roasted chickpeas