Sunday, August 7, 2011

Menu Planning - Week of 8/7

Last week was absolutely crazy.  There were some problems at work and I didn't get home in time for dinner a couple of times. When I did make it home there was always someone missing so the four of us didn't get to sit down together all week.  We'll be remedying that tonight when we have our Chicken on a Steamer (sometimes known a little indelicately as Beer B*tt Chicken). 

When I made up the shopping list I was pretty excited, we didn't need a lot so I was expecting a fairly cheap week at the grocery store.  Imagine my surprise when the total was actually a couple of bucks over my budget.  I budget $200 per week for groceries (yes - it may seem like a lot but that includes toilet paper, laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene, etc), the last few weeks I've been averaging about $150.  When the total came to $205 I was stunned (this was after coupons).  To add insult to injury, we have a $300 daily limit on our debit card.  Since I took $100 out earlier in the day I couldn't use the debit card for the full amount.  I had to give the cashier $20 cash and the use the debit card for the rest.  I felt a little foolish - oh well!

I'm feeling optimistic that this is going to be a good week and we'll be able to follow our menu - here's my plan.

Cinnamon Rolls (I'll share the recipe in separate link)
Blueberry Muffins (these will be from a mix)

Frozen Meals
Corn Dogs
Hot Dogs
Personal Pizzas

Steamed Chicken
Chicken Casserole (since we didn't have it last week I threw it on the menu for this week)
Brats (did you expect anything else - they are a family favorite)
Hamburgers (see above)
Pizza on the grill (haven't tried this before - I'll let you know how it goes)
Dinner Out
Take Out

What's on your menu for the week?

I'll be linking this up over at I'm an Organizing Junkie

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  1. Menu? What menu? I'm supposed to have a menu?... lol.... Currently reading 'Catch-Up on the Kitchen' by Pam Young & Peggy Jones. They wrote 'Sidetracked Home Executives'. I'm hoping that reading this book will give me the direction I need. I've tried (reallllllly tried) to menu plan, and it will work great for a week or two - but then it falls apart, because we get busy & it screws me all up. I'll let you know how it goes.

  2. To funny! I'll have to check out the book to see what it's about. I just started menu planning about a month ago. You can tell that I keep it pretty basic but I am finding that it's helping me keep focused and only buy what I need at the store. If I don't menu plan I tend to just throw things that look good in the cart but then don't get used (see cleaning out the pantry for how much I've wasted in the past!) Looking forward to hearing your plan, when you get it :)

  3. I have fallen off the menu planning wagon, which is nuts since my work cut me down to just 2 days a week!! So far I've only planned today's dinner- hamburgers. Well, I think. I have the ground meat out in the frig, but I'm not convinced that's what I'll make. It's storming out and suppose to storm all day tomorrow so we may not be grilling. Probably not good to plan your meals based on the weather...hahaha!

  4. Staying on the wagon is difficult. I've been menu planning for a little over a month and so far I've liked the results. Hopefully I'll be sticking with it :) I'm sure your husband appreciates you planning your meal based on the weather if he's the griller!