As party of the Pantry Challenge at Good Cheap Eats, I've made menu planning a priority as well as taking inventory prior to shopping.
While I did a great job last week planning my menu I didn't do a very good job implementing it. Some of that was due to unexpected issues (flat tire that couldn't be patched and company coming for dinner ) as well as a husband who choose to eat out on his day to cook (I didn't argue to much). Oh well, the best laid plans......
This week I updated our menu, took inventory and then shopped. I'm happy to report that our grocery bill was only about $140 this week (our bill was actually higher but ~$25 was supplements which go under a different budget). This included the special items I needed for my husband's birthday cake so I'm pretty pleased - Spider Man doesn't come cheap! The trick will be to actually use the menu and not eat out as much. I'm having surgery on Thursday (nothing major but I'll be down for a few days) so I'm relying on the husband and the kids to cover dinner.
Blueberry Muffins (from a mix)
Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches
Stuffed chicken breasts
Pizza (take out)
How about you, do you plan a menu and if so are you good about implementing?
I'm also posting this up over at I'm an Organizing Junkie,
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