If you don’t follow me on facebook, then you won’t know that I’m ‘going Dave Ramsey’. I’ve created a plan that includes my budget, my debts, and my investments.
One of our biggest money wasters is food. Apparently we eat a lot. Whether it’s in town, snacks, or just good home cooked meals..it’s a lot and with the kids getting out of school for the Summer, it’s only going to get bigger. I’ve planned a budget of $350 for June which is WAY below what we normally spend but I plan to try hard to make sure I don’t go above it. And because of these new financial decisions, we decided to meal plan, seriously.
Me and my cowboy sat down and discussed some meals that could be made cheaply and some that would be eatable all day. Since beef is supplied with our job, most of the meals will involve beef. I’ll be shopping sales, ad matching at Walmart, using coupons, and taking advantage of the ‘real big deals’ from our local Brookshires. Here is the real big deal this week, which changes every Wednesday.
One thing I love about this week’s big deal is that it involves chicken! WOOHOO! As you can see, by buying a 3lb bag of boneless, skinless chicken breast, we get 5 things free; Suddenly Salad, foam plates, marinade, baked beans, and potatoes. We LOVE LOVE LOVE suddenly salad, specifically the Caesar one so if we buy one more box of that and another can of baked beans, that will feed our family of 5. (one of each would not…not with my teen boys). We’ll use the foam plates for pizza night so that I can have an evening of no dishes and the marinade will be used for steak or roast. Potatoes? Well, we don’t have a meal without them usually so any bag of potatoes will be just fabulous!
So here are the meals we chose for the next couple of weeks. All basics.
- Meat & Bean burritos
- Steak fingers,
- carne guisada
- bbq sandwiches
- Salisbury steak
- cubed steak stroganoff
- broccoli rice & cheese (might add some chicken to it)
- king ranch casserole (might use the chicken instead of ground beef)
- elbow mac & beef
I’ll be making lots of tortillas and potatoes and many of the items were already stocked in my kitchen so my grocery list won’t be too big. Obviously I didn’t include fruits & veggies but it gives you an idea. The challenge comes on whether or not I get all the meals cooked and stick to the plan.
I’ll need your help with meal ideas that are budget friendly and can feed AT LEAST 5 preferably 6. Share if you have some!