Meal Plans

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I received the following very nice comment on my Facebook in regards to my previous blog post (the one of this week's purchases at Harris Teeter):

"You always do so good! Would you ever consider posting a sample weekly menu of what you guys eat? It seems like so many of the freebies aren't healthy or are random and not meal worthy so I'd love to see how you incorporate them into meals! I need inspiration!"

It's a great question, because honestly - the items in the pictures I post usually aren't healthy or are random. :) Well here's the secret - I don't post all my grocery trips, I only post the ones that look good! It's not very impressive to post when I grabbed ground beef at Bottom Dollar (which I plan to do tonight because it's on sale) or milk and whatever-I'm-desperate-for at Walmart.

What do we eat?

For breakfast, we almost always eat cereal, which I only buy when it's free. Sometimes I'll make pancakes, muffins, etc. using mixes I got free.

For lunches, we almost always have sandwiches. Sometimes I get peanut butter or jelly free, but most of the time we do pay out of pocket for our bread, lunchmeat, cheese, etc. We usually have chips and/or yogurt that was cheap or free with our lunch, and fruit. Since I can't eat the same thing every day in a row, I also take cans of soup (which usually only cost pennies) or leftovers a couple times a week as well.

For dinners, we eat a lot of pasta, a lot of Mexican, and a lot of casseroles. Those items use things that are free or really cheap, of course meat being the biggest expense. I think meat-based meals are pretty rare for us, and when we do have meat for the main dish, it's usually chicken. While the three categories above are what we eat the most of, the rest of what we eat is a very, very wide variety! I like to try new things but it almost always depends on what meat I have in my freezer at the time.

I actually haven't been meal planning much because I was spending more money when I meal planned ahead and bought items for my meal plan than when I had to make dinner only based on what I had on hand. I am starting over this year and have started meal planning in the past couple weeks. Here's what's on my plan this week:

1. Chicken Curry - I ended up using the recipe I found HERE which was a new recipe for me and turned out great!!! It's definitely going to be one of my staple curry recipes.

2. Peppered bacon and tomato linguine (Recipe HERE) which I actually ended up not making bc my bacon went bad (note to self, remember to put bacon in the fridge before leaving for work)

3. Corn, onion and bean burritos

4. Tuna Macaroni bake, I just took some generic recipes and used what I had on hand

5. Hot dogs... I know, but it's been awhile since we've had them and they've been sitting in my freezer staring at me every time I open it!

Did I miss anything? Any other questions or meal suggestions?


  1. Melissa Says:

    Yay! Thanks for posting this... that's definitely helpful. I know the few times I've gotten some of your cooking, you're a very good cook, so I was curious how you managed with all those pre-made items and packaged foods... but it looks like you have figured out a good balance! Your $20/week budget haunts me every time I ring up like $60 at the grocery store! LOL

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