BAM Family

BAM Family

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Menu Planning

Here is my menu plan for the week. I actually get a lot of ideas from other people's menu plans that they post on their blogs so I thought I would return the favor.

Saturday: Bacon, eggs, hash browns, fruit salad
Sunday: Leftover Cheeseburger soup, rolls
Monday: Salmon Cakes, cheese grits, California veggies with cheese
Tuesday: Fried Round Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday: Pork loin, rice, broccoli with garlic butter
Thursday: Chicken Cordon Bleu, roasted potatoes, green beans
Friday: Homemade Pizza, salad

I am still trying to be very budget conscious with my menu plans. Aaron set the budget at $120 this week and with my Kroger card savings and a bunch of coupons that Kroger sent in the mail (Thanks Kroger!) I saved $40 on my groceries this week for a grand total of $111!! YEA! It feels so good to be under budget. Grocery shopping seriously gives me anxiety--before I saw those numbers roll down with the card and coupons I was literally shaking. Isn't that pathetic?

I won't have the extra coupons next week so I will have to be a little more careful. But I did get some special treats this week--cinnamon rolls (online coupon) and some Valentines chocolate. :)


Christina Allen said...

Brittany, I love your blog! I am trying to use coupons and save on groceries too. Your menu plan is that just dinners? Do you do things quick and easy for breakfast and lunches? Do you find you save more money going to kroger using coupons and your kroger card? We shop at wal-mart, but I wonder if I could save more going to food lion or kroger using their card and getting things on sale or off brand. Just wondering your thoughts! Thanks.

Brittany said...

I usually just plan dinners in my menu because those require the most thought. Breakfast is usually cereal (for Aaron who gets up before all of us), eggs or toast with fruit, yogurt, etc. For lunch I eat mostly leftovers or soup but the manfolk like sandwiches (turkey for Aaron and PBJ or grilled cheese for the boys).

I used to shop at Walmart for everything but have found that if I do shop the sales and special deals at Kroger that I am able to get more for my money. It usually takes me a hour to go grocery shopping (without the boys) as opposed to 30-45 min at Walmart because hunting around for the best deals takes more time.

I haven't mastered coupons yet (ha! I haven't even reached novice level!) but I use them when I can.

I used to plan my menus before I went to walmart and but now I kinda see what is on sale at Kroger and then plan my dinners around when I can get for a good deal. Some of the managers specials on meat or the 10 for $10 deals are really good. But every week is an adventure--kinda stressful too. It is a struggle to keep the grocery bill down. Good luck! And send any of your tips my way!

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