5 Simple Ways to Menu Plan

Many people I meet think they are spending too much on groceries every month. Years ago I was in the same position, spending over $800 dollars a month to feed a family of six. My biggest problem, lack of planning. I would go to the store each week with a small list of essentials- milk, diapers, bread and come home with hundreds of dollars worth of food we didn't need. This food would then sit … [Read more...]

Shopping, Food Storage, Sales, and Stockpiling ~ Menu Planning 101

Welcome to Part 4 of my Menu Planning 101 series. This series is designed to get you in the kitchen, start planning, and help feed your family delicious home cooked meals they will enjoy. Part 1 discussed why we should menu plan, part 2 included almost 40 links with meal ideas for your family, and part 3 added 5 extra meals plus sides. By now you should have enough meals and side to get you … [Read more...]

Menu Planning 101 ~ Putting it all Together

Welcome to Part 3 of my Menu Planning 101 series. This series is designed to get you in the kitchen, start planning, and help feed your family delicious home cooked meals they will enjoy. Part 1 discussed why we should menu plan and part 2 included almost 40 links with meal ideas for your family. Last week you submitted your 15 meals, great job! This week we added five more meals to our list, … [Read more...]

Menu Planning 101 ~ 15 Meals

Has everyone come up with their list of 15 meals? I hope this wasn't too stressful. I know when I first started menu planning I came up with all sorts of meals that I thought would be delicious, but my family didn't agree. Now when I plan my meals I ask my family for their input then try to give everyone a "favorite" meal throughout the week. I am curious how you are keeping track of your … [Read more...]

Menu Planning 101

After reading the comments in the last post it seems like the majority of people who don't menu plan want to menu plan. There were a few readers who use the stock pile method, similar to Amy Dacyczyn's. For those of you who aren't familiar with this method, it basically involves buying items in bulk when they are on sale and then making meals based on what is already in your home. There were a … [Read more...]

Menu Planning~ A Love/ Hate Relationship with Food

After hosting Menu Plan Monday last week, I was surprised at how many of my readers do not like to menu plan, or just don't menu plan. For me menu planning is the backbone to my grocery savings. If I know what we are having for dinner, we eat out less, I spend less at the grocery store, and the kids complain less because they know what is coming. I use to assign days to each of our meals, … [Read more...]