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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Week 1: Weekly Menu & Grocery Budget

Part of my #nospendfebruary is working on a very small grocery budget.  I'm mostly doing this because I want to show myself how well I can feed my family on a small budget, but also because I have a horrible tendency to go to the grocery store with no plan, no list, and no concern for what gets put in my cart. 

I always end up making great meals throughout the week, but the lack of plan leaves me scraping things together most nights and figuring it out as I go. 

The biggest thing is really all the extra that ends up in my cart like gummies, a shirt off the clearance rack for my son, mustard even though we have a bottle in the pantry...  For these reasons, I find I throw away too much produce that goes bad before I use it which is also throwing money down the drain.

Anyone else struggle with this?

I've been a Pinterest fiend lately since I'm working on remodeling my home myself.  It's been fun to get back on that platform and really use it.  I decided to look up some family friendly, crockpot, freezer, easy meals to have throughout the week to change things up and game plan.

I hit up our local Aldi because although I'm on a budget I'm going to try to eat as fresh and clean and according to my color coded meal plan as possible because it works for us.  I'm not against frozen or prepared foods; I'm not judging anyone, but I prefer whole foods.  I knew I'd get the most bang for my buck here.

I did have to get training pants for my daughter to wear to bed, almond flour for my muffins, and dog food which made my bill a little higher than it would normally be.  I may have to take those out of my $200 budget, but we shall see!

I ended up spending about $75 for groceries this week.

Here is my menu for the week:

Monday: Mexican Quinoa
Tuesday: Lazy Crockpot Lasagna
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Crockpot Zupa Tuscana
Friday: Date Night/Leftovers
Saturday: Date Night (using a giftcard from Christmas)
Sunday: Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

As part of my #nospendfebruary I did calculate in that we have Valentine's Day plans with some of our best friends and we are taking the kids to Dave & Buster's to celebrate the holiday with them.  I also feel date nights are extremely important and since they are built into our schedule and we don't need babysitters, they are not being deleted from our monthly plans. 
Again, the purpose is to stop spending without a plan. 

What is on your menu this week? 
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