Saturday, December 19, 2009

My Pledge to Menu Plan


I have been bored most of the day but that's a good thing. Mother nature dumped snow on us over night and most of today but it's really pretty. The problem with all the snow is that as it collects on the power lines, they become weighted and eventually snap. Luckily, we have electricity but a few neighbors down don't. However, we don't have water. I don't know which is worse. What do you think: Would you rather have water supply or electricity? I think having electricity is more beneficial. We have light to see, heat, the food can be kept cold in the fridge, we can still cook. We made a quick trip to the store for water jugs and are making due with that. I feel icky since I've only had a bird bath and can't wash my hair.

I didn't work today so I took advantage of the time and got some things accomplished. We are horrible with our spending and rarely keep track so I have devised a plan and budget to put into place. I hope we can both stick to it. It's pretty simple and only takes minor adjustments so I think we'll be able to make it habit. So as I attempt to get our finances on track I have decided to try menu planning in hopes that it helps to save us a little money. My typical visit to the store costs us more than what it should mainly because I am unprepared, in planning meals that is. I always have a list but get more food than we need for an entire week. I like shopping so much I continue to make weekly visits regardless of whether or not we really need to stock up. So this is my pledge to menu plan and stop going overboard with unnecessary food items. I have found a few good sites that help with menu planning or meal plans you can purchase at an affordable price.

The founders of this site offer regular meal plans, low fat, low carb meal plans, plans for a family, someone single and a household of two for just $5 a month. Includes shopping list and prices to help you stay within budget.

http://www.e-mealz.com/

This weight loss site has lots of awesome stuff and set up free meal plans based on your health goals for free. Includes grocery list.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/

My meal plan for the week:
Mini-Turkey meatloaf with carrots and green beans
Turkey breast cutlet with sweet potato
Spaghetti and meatballs with spaghetti squash pasta
Old Bay Shrimp with pasta salad and steamed veggies
Chicken stir-fry with brown rice

All these things I already have here and I will not have to make a visit to the grocery store. Woohoo! I'm saving money already! Wish me luck.

4 comments:

Krissa said...

Now I can post!!!!

Good luck with the meal planning and budget. We need to be better about those things too. We went through our statement online and we realized how much we use our cards at gas stations!...but not for gas. My husband loves cappuchinos A LOT and I love diet mt dews a LOT! So...we started getting 20 bucks out for the week, 10 bucks each. And used that instead. That way we spend less and I drink less dews. :)

I make lots of recipes from Sparkpeople.

I was looking at your comp photos on facebok today. Girl, YOU ROCK!

Krissa said...

I posted a comment on here too. Where did it go?????!!!!!!!
Maybe it has to be approved first. ?

alice said...

In my job for a cooking software company I study blogs and one of the happy parts of this assignment is finding great sites like yours. I am so glad I found this! I so agree about creating a shopping list, and without sounding like an infomercial, I wanted to tell you about their recipe program that does this for me and it has simplified my life a ton. (I’ve included the link in case you are interested.) Finally, thanks so much for a great site—I love your information and how reader-friendly and inspiring your site is!

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