Day 10 of 30 Days of Real

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“I suck at menu planning”

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I love love the idea of menu planning. I think it’s a genius way to make sure that you don’t over spend each month. I find that I have great intentions at the beginning of the month. I even buy the meat in bulk at Sam’s Club, I declare which nights are chicken, fish and beef nights each week, then plan unique meals around it…but then things come up. Suddenly when I was able to cook on a Tuesday night, is now take out night because Flag football practice runs so late that you can’t make a meal before the kids need to start getting ready for bed. Or I’ve joined the PTO and the meetings are in the evenings and that makes it hard to cook a meal for my family, and it turns into a fend for yourself kind of evening. So then the plan goes out the window. I fail to buy something to make the meal that day and then its boxed mac n cheese because I’ve failed once again to put something on the grocery list that needed to be on the grocery list. So usually the first week is fine, then the following weeks fall apart slowly.   

I clearly need to be more organized and plan my purchases accordingly. Because the one month I was successful at meal planning we saved probably $300 on grocery that month. So being unorganized with this whole thing really doesn’t do me any favors when I actually know how much I can save. So while this is my admission to failing at it time and time again, I’m also making a goal to get this thing down and plan out my month of meals ahead of time because we are a family of over spenders and we need to reel that in a bit. 

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Heather Jones

I'm a coffee addict wife, "work at home mom", mother to two boys, blogging about the latest life hacks, recipes, DIY Projects and crazy "momisodes". I've recently moved domains, I used to blog at mommyonlyhas2hands.org, but our new home is right here on heartfullyheather.com

15 thoughts on “Day 10 of 30 Days of Real

  1. Meal planning takes thought. More than most think. I wouldn’t let it get u down, try again. Ist, make a list of fave meals. Then find an app that can import the recipes to grocery list. I like epicurious and allrecipe.com for this reason. Goes right to the phone list. Get a rebate app like ibotta to lessen the bill and then your coupons. Prechop EVERYTHING for your meals and put them in ziplock gallon bags. Label them day of the week. Recipe can be printed off and slapped in the bag too. That way if you run out, you haven’t disrupted your week.

    It takes about 3 hours solid. But then it’s boil bake & reheat. Xo

    1. That is a lot of time to set aside to do that. But really I think I can. I just really have to get things under control. Maybe I can make some headway for November…although November and December are probably bad months to start this. I don’t know.

  2. I am very organized when it comes to meal planning however, I often change my mind right before preparing a meal based on the ingredients that I have on hand at the time. I spend a fortune on groceries…but nothing ever goes to waste 😉

    1. Its good that nothing goes to waste. I’m the only left over eater in the house. So if I make a big batch of something and no one eats the rest, its up to me to make it gone…so that’s where we end up being wasteful.

  3. I started meal planning this year and could not imagine my life without it. I do make the nights flexible during the week but I try to stick to it as much as possible.

  4. I have noticed that I am able to save so much money every month WHEN I meal plan. It keeps me out of the stores for one thing, lol – and it also keeps up from eating out because I know what to make. So true! I am right there with you about needing to be more organized. 🙂

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