I like to save money, especially on the grocery bill. Feeding a large (or not so large) family can be expensive. Planning, shopping smart, and creating a menu plan for the month has helped me drastically cut my bill. For a family of 7, my bill for the month is about $450.00. That includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks! As I said, it took me a while to get there through trial and error, but I did it! My next step, especially during our homesteading journey, is to start a producing garden, and canning and freezing the bounty!
One of the types of plans I do is a rotating menu. For weeks 1 & 3 I do the same meals, and for weeks 2 & 4 I do the same meals. For example:
Weeks 1 and 3:
Monday: Spaghetti with sauce and Texas Toast
Tuesday: Tacos with rice
Wednesday: Chicken casserole with a tossed salad
Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans
Friday: Homemade pizza with a tossed salad
Saturday: Egg bake with fruit and bacon
Sunday: Lasagna and roasted vegetables
You would then do another menu for weeks 2 & 4. The nice part is that it is flexible. You can move the meals around and you make it tailored to your families likes. When I am finished writing the menu, I put the ingredients I need right under the meal. I do the same with my breakfast, lunch, and snack planning. Then I use that to create my shopping list. For almost everything I need I go to Aldi’s. Shopping there has also decreased my bill, and I find their foods just as fresh as shopping somewhere else!
You will find what works for you, and I encourage you to try! Budgeting is one of my favorite challenges, and I always love when I can save on the bills! Have faith in yourself, and start with small steps. I know you can do it!