Monday, July 25, 2011
Back To Menu Planning And Going Cheap
Technically it's the end of the month (if you check the calendar there is just one more week left in July), however since we recently changed up how we pay our bills and have switched to paying everything by credit card (and paying it off every month - all of it, no exceptions - just in case you were wondering) our beginning of the month is the 19th.
So, for me it's the quite close to the beginning of the month but that doesn't mean I have a desire to rush out and spend money. Due to some recent billing errors we went over budget last month so this month I have every desire to actually come in under budget wherever possible.
The best way to stay under budget on my groceries is to:
1. Have a plan for meals
2. Stock up when things are on sale
3. Use what you have in the pantry to cut down on your needs items
Monday: Enchilada Bake
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup with Salad and Panera Bread (love that stuff!)
Wednesday: New-Look Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Thursday: Baked Ziti
Friday: Beefy Hash Brown Potato Casserole
Saturday: Cheesy Chicken & Salsa Skillet
Sunday: Chicken Taco Bake
Since the majority of the ingredients in all of these meals were in my pantry already it helped my grocery budget quite a bit and allowed me to stock up on a few sale items at Harris Teeter this week - gotta love that!