I just spent about two hours planning all of our meals for the next two weeks after payday. I used a free trial of Plan To Eat, which is pretty cool. I actually won a free years subscription on a blog giveaway, but I have not gotten any info about it so I might end up paying for it later. I am trying to get on top of it, as Michael and I have been eating like crap for the last year or so since we moved out of our apartment. I want to cook and be a good wife, and make healthy food for us, but if I don’t plan it out, I usually revert back to Hamburger Helper or a trip to McDonalds. You can judge me if you want, but I know its bad for us, and that is why I want to change it!
My meal plan involves some very expensive grocery shopping, and I might need to reign in the spending depending on how it actually turns out to cost. The main expense is going to be from my desire to make smoothies almost every morning. Frozen fruit is generally pretty expensive… But smoothies are a quick, healthy way to start your day as long as you don’t add things like ice cream to them. Michael doesn’t usually eat breakfast because he gets up with just enough time to shower and leave. I figure that smoothies are a good answer for that. I have seen that man drink 32 ounces of water in about 15 seconds (literally!) so I figure he has time for a smoothie. I will also make them for the girls, because like I said they are a healthy way to start the day, but if it is to expensive, I might continue giving them cereal or eggs or something later, since they don’t eat at the same time as us anyways. (As I was typing this, I realized that Jordyn doesn’t eat breakfast at my house for 3 days a week, because she is in pre-school… Now I have to re-write my grocery list, or at least part of it…) I also might make Michael an egg most mornings, because he is quite a lot bigger than me and the girls and needs more protein and calories to get through the day.
I also will be sending salads or sandwiches to work with Michael everyday. I do sandwiches sometimes, but we always buy lots of deli meat to make them, and then most of it goes bad, so I will be sticking to tuna and peanut butter for the time being. That should shave a little off the grocery budget as well. I can’t send him left overs, because he is a delivery driver so he can’t heat them up.
At first I was a little disturbed at the thought of adding so much money to what I spend on groceries every month, but when I took into account that Michael spends AT LEAST $5 a day on lunch, plus oftentimes he grabs breakfast, and that Michael and I are both cutting down our soda consumption drastically, there is a minimum of $100 extra for groceries every month. And that is the bare minimum, because that is just counting his cheapest lunch option, not our soda, his breakfast, or our habit of eating out.
I am pretty excited to start cooking real food for us. I love junk food, but I eat way to much of it, and all my dancing and soda eliminating isn’t going to do much to help my waistline if I don’t quite eating mass amounts of calories and sodium from processed garbage food. Plus then I can quit giving my money to people that make money by basically poisoning people.
Do you menu plan, and if you do, what do you use: some sort of software or just an old fashioned pen and paper? What are some typical meals in your house? Do you make most meals from scratch or are you a boxed meal addict like me?
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