Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Menu Planning on a Budget

Most people these days are not made of money. With the recession in full swing, and as our national debt rises, it seems everyone is pinching pennies (Well, they're at least taking a double look at price tags). Baby Campbell is certainly taking a tole on our monthly budget, so we have to be diligent in many areas to ensure we stick to the plan. Our student loans are not going to pay themselves (though, think of how nice that would be if they did!).

Enter menu planning. I'll be honest, I used to love menu planning (of course, I also used to enjoy vacuuming, but that's another story...), but I sort of dread it now. It's much harder since we are trying to eat a real food diet. I'm still trying to come up with budget-friendly and healthy recipes we both can enjoy. But as much as I pout about it, we couldn't do without those weekly menu plans. Sometimes, it's the only thing that keeps us from eating out every other night or spending a fortune at the grocery store. It takes away the confusion of what to eat. In short, it saves us time and lots of money.

I thought I would post a sample menu plan for our family. Here's a list of this week's dinners:

-Rice and beans taco w/ salsa
-Sausage, Potatoes and Peas Casserole
-Homemade Pizza
-Shredded chicken sandwiches w/ frozen veggies (boxed)
-Mashed Potatoes w/ Corn on the Cob and Zucchini
-White Cheddar Mac and Cheese w/ carrots and peas
-Open/date night

So. There you have it. The Campbell family menu. AKA Our-Budget-Lifesaver.

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