Let me start with this disclaimer - I am NOT a couponer! I wish I had that gift, but simply, that whole process frustrates me and I just don't have the storage space to start a stock pile (I wish!!) So I am not the most savvy shopper.
I cook most nights of the week - granted, there are some weeks when we have a lot of sandwiches and take out - typically, we have a home cooked meal at least 5 nights a week.
Meal planning has saved my sanity! I am not one of those that can just load up a grocery cart and wing it at dinner time each evening. I NEED to know what I'm making each night!! The organizing nerd in me cringes at the thought of spontaneity.
I meal plan on Thursdays and grocery shop on Friday or Saturday.
I have a folder full of recipes I have found online and a Taste of Home cookbook that I have found a ton of yummy recipes in.
But...Comfy In the Kitchen is absolutely my go-to for most of my recipes. Janelle even has an awesome meal plan on her blog that I reference ALOT!! I highly recommend her recipes. I have tried a ton of them and they always DELICIOUS!!
I created a cute "Collins Family Menu" in word that I update each week. I print out 2 copies - one gets posted on our refrigerator and I keep one in my home management binder.
I often cook enough on certain nights of the week to leftovers for the next night. Below is our menu for next week.
Date Night! :)
Chicken & Dumplins *click title for link to recipe
Crockpot Mac & Cheese *click title for link to recipe
Sunday night leftovers
Mini cheeseburgers *click title for link to recipe
Tuesday night leftovers
Sandwiches or Take Out
Right now - we have soccer practice on Monday evening, Thursday evening and Saturday mornings - so I try to schedule leftovers for those evenings (we, often, aren't back home til 7:30ish).
(If it will help you - I would be happy to post my weekly menu to the blog with links to the recipes - just let me know by commenting below!!)
I try to use all natural or organic ingredients when possible. But let's be honest - I try to cook things my whole family will eat!!
I grocery shop one time a week. I try to buy all non-food items at Wal-Mart, Dollar General or Family Dollar.
I buy most of my food items at Wal-Mart, Food Lion and Aldi.
Ahhh, Aldi!! If you want to save money - this is the THE place to shop. The selection varies - so I make sure Aldi is my first stop, so I can move on to Wal-Mart or Food Lion for the items I can't find there. They have the BEST prices on produce and, surprisingly, carry ALOT of organic items. My kids love that we get to bag our own groceries too.
I will try to find a way to post a picture of the template I use for my menu and for grocery shopping...until then...
How do you meal plan? Where do you shop for the best deals on groceries?